CASTRES : FRANCE - 81

*Location:

   Église Nôtre-Dame-de-la-Platé
   Rue Victor Hugo
   (tower on Rue de la Platé)
   Castres, Tarn, France
   LL: N 43.60482, E 2.23911
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*Carillonist:

   Jean-Pierre Carme, carillonneur
   le moulin du ramié route de Semalens
   81710 Saix
   T: 63 74 87 60   or   63 59 63 20

*Contact:

   (unknown)

*Schedule:

   1130 on religious and civil holidays;
   also Carillon de la St-Jean, 20-24
   June at 1900; also Nadalet, 17-24 Dec,
   1845-1930.

*Remarks:

   Oldest bell from 1650, anonymous;
   14 added by Louison of Toulouse, 1847.
   No automation; at least 2 swing by hand

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 34 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  7 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C F   
   There are three missing bass semitones
   The presence or absence of a practice console is unknown
   The instrument was enlarged in 2016
     with bells made by Paccard      
   Prior history:
     In 1988, the instrument was enlarged to 33 bells
       by Paccard     
       Pitch of heaviest bell was unknown
     In 1985, the instrument was enlarged
       with bells made by Paccard     
     In 1981, the instrument was enlarged
       with bells made by Paccard     
     In 1977, some bells were recast or replaced
       with bells made by Paccard     
     In 1847, the instrument was begun with 15 bells
       by the maker cited in Remarks above
       (2 bells remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: W2    
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2024
*Links:

The French Wikipedia article about the church has four paragraphs about the carillon and a photo of the tower.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of miscellaneous bellfoundries, 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 third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fourth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fifth 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.

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.

Index to all traditional carillons in France.

Index to all tower bell instruments in France/Tarn.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  4-Apr-24
   based on textual data last updated on 2024/03/30
   and on technical data last updated on 2024/03/30
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