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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*Carillonist:

   Alfred Lesecq
   E: Alfred.Lesecq/@/wanadoo DOTfr
*Past carillonneur:
   Adalbert Carriere

*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 tonnes.
   2009: totally restored, after 12 years
   of silence; new keyboard has dropped
   bass C# key, carbon fiber transmission.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 50 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell (excluding sub-bourdon) is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range: (G )A#C   /    ----21
   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
       with bells made by Paccard     
     In 1852, a complete instrument of 36 bells was installed
       with bells made by vanAerschodt
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2018
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The foundry has an article on the 2009 restoration.

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 20-Sep-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2018/09/10
   and on technical data last updated on 2018/09/10
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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