DEN HAAG - STJ : NETHERLANDS

*Location:

   St.Jakobstoren
   Grote Kerk
   Kerkplein / Rond de Grote Kerk
   (Torenstraat / Jan Hendrikstraat)
   Den Haag (The Hague, 's Gravenhage),
     Zuid Holland, Netherlands
   LL: N 52.07733, E 4.30646
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*Carillonist:

   Gijsbert Kok, City Carillonneur
   E: g.kok@freeler.nl
*Past players:
   ????-2009 Heleen van der Weel

*Contact:

   Stichting Grote Kerk
   *parcel:
     Rond de Grote Kerk 12
     2513 AM  's Gravenhage
   *postal:
     Postbus 555
     2501 CN  Den Haag
   T: 070/302 86 30   F: 070/361 74 86
   E: info /@/ grotekerkdenhaag.nl

*Schedule:

   Mon,Wed,Fri 1200-1300.  Quarters from
   drum made in 1689 & restored in 2008,
   daily 0815-2100.

*Remarks:

   Bourdon "Jhesus", cast 1514 by Jasper
   & Jan Moer (den Bosch), c.6000 kg, not
   originally part of carillon.
   Oldest carillon bells are by de Haze,
   except largest by C.Fremy, 1692.
   Taylor recast cracked A (36") and added
   19 trebles (C4-F#5).
   No longer used as a church;
   for cultural functions only.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 51 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1956
     with 31 bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Prior history:
     In 1937, some bells were recast or replaced
       with bells made by Taylor      
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1686, the instrument was begun with 37 bells
       by the maker cited in Remarks above
       (20 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1966
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

On the Website of the (cultural) Association for the Grote Kerk, the History page (Geschiednis) has a photo of the unusual hexagonal tower.  A Carillon page can be found under "Agenda".  Under "Verhuur", the "Plattegronden" page has floor plans of the building, from which the tower access stair can be located.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the de Haze bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Netherlands 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 Netherlands.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL.Zuid-Holland.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 20-Sep-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/09/09
   and on technical data last updated on 1992/01/15
*Photos:

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