DUNKERQUE : FRANCE - 59

*Location:

   Tour Église Saint-Eloi
   Rue Clemenceau at Place du Beffroi
   Dunkerque (Dunkirk), 59 Nord, France
   LL: N 51.03559, E 2.37617
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*Player:

   Adalbert Carriere, carillonneur
   2 rue de Provence
   59492 Hoymille
   T: 28 68 67 60

*Contact:

   Mairie de Dunkerque (Service de Fêtes)
   - or -
   Office du Tourisme
   4 place Charles Valentin
   59140 Dunkerque
   T: 28 26 27 27
   - or -
   Paroisse Saint-Eloi
   2 Rue Clemenceau
   59140 Dunkerque
   T: 03 28 66 56 59

*Schedule:

   Sundays and holidays at 1130 and 1600;
   occasionally Saturday afternoons.
   Visits possible in July and August.
   Auto-play at the quarters, 0800-2000
   daily (except Thursday from 1000).

*Remarks:

   Detached tower.
   Carillon of 1852, chiefly by
   van Aerschodt, destroyed 1944.
   Bourdon "Jean Bart", 5 or 7 tonnes.
   2009: totally restored, after years
   of silence.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 50 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range: (G )C D   /    ----  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 2009
     with  2 bells made by an unknown maker
   Prior history:
     In 1962, the instrument was begun with 48 bells
       by Paccard     
     In 1852, the complete instrument was installed
       with 36 bells made by vanAerschodt
       ( 0 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 2009
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

French-language article on the restoration of this carillon

The ARPAC Website presents much more detail than we can here, though it is all in French.

Where the initial stage of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanAerschodt bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of unknown bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all French traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all French traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all French traditional carillons by year of completion.

Where the bass bell of this carillon ranks among all great bells in Europe.

Index to all traditional carillons in France.

Index to all tower bell instruments in France/Nord.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 26-May-10
   based on textual data last updated on 2010/05/25
   and on technical data last updated on 2009/09/20


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