DOUAI - HDV : FRANCE - 59

*Location:

   Beffroi
   Hôtel de Ville (City Hall)
   Rue de la Mairie
   Douai, 59 Nord, France
   LL: N 50.36799, E 3.08061
Site locator map  or  [ MapQuest map ]
City locator maps and gazetteer page (province incorrect, other data OK)
Also see our own Map Use Hints.

*Carillonist:

   Jean-Claude Eloire
   543 rue d'Arras
   E: m.eloire@wanadoo.fr
   - and -
   Didier Lannoy
   4 rue des Abesses
   75018 Paris
   T: 42 62 10 90
*Past carillonneur:
   Jacques Lannoy   (H)

*Contact:

   Mlle. Mestaver,
     Archiviste de Hôtel de Ville
   - or -
   Office du Tourisme
   Bernard Lamoine, directeur
   T: 20 26 89 03
   - or -
   Hôtel de ville (service des fêtes)
   T: 27 87 26 63
   - or -
   École Française de Carillon
     (French Carillon School)
   rue de la Fonderie
   59500 Douai
   T: 27 88 79 74

*Schedule:

   Saturdays 1045-1145 (for marriages);
   Sundays and holidays 1100-1200;
   International Carillon Festival on
   Mondays in July and August at 2100.
   Carillon-orchestra-ballet on third
   Saturday in June or 1st Saturday in July.
   Open to visitors daily 15 June to
   15 September and Sundays the rest of
   the year, 1000-1200 and 1500-1800.

*Remarks:

   European standard keyboard installed
   in 1987.
   Old bells by Wauthy destroyed 1914-18;
   1924 instrument by Wauthy also,
   except for 2, now the 2 basses.
   Some bells may have dated to 15th c.;
   first reached carillon size 19th c.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 62 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C C 61/(A )C B23 
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The present keyboard was installed in 1987
     by Paccard     
   Prior history:
     In 1974, the instrument was enlarged to 62 bells
       by Paccard     
     In 1954, the instrument was enlarged to 49 bells
       by Paccard     
     In 1924, the instrument was enlarged
       by Wauthy      
       (2 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 18xx, the instrument was begun with 38 bells
       made by Wauthy      
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1992
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

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

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Wauthy bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Wauthy bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the third 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 the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
(The keyboard replacement is not indexed.)

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 10-Aug-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 1993/07/25
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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