Some links to pages about the history of these foundries can be found after the history.
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AVERNAS-LE-BAUDUIN : BELGIUM 1??? E chime Église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption LUXEMBOURG : LUXEMBOURG 1??? F non-trad Cathedrale Notre Dame (Liebfrauenkirche) PARIS - SC : FRANCE - 00 1??? C non-trad Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre TELLIN : BELGIUM 1??? C chime Église St-Lambert HALLE : BELGIUM 1892 F trad O.L.V. Basiliek (was Hoofdkerk St.Martinus until 1946) OUDENAARDE : BELGIUM 1894 I (trad) Ste.Walburgatoren (or St.Walburgis) BRUSSELS - B : BELGIUM 1895 C [trad] City carillon (stadsbeiaard, #4) Broodhuis AALST : BELGIUM 1896 I (trad) Stadhuis/Halle/Belfort OOSTENDE : BELGIUM 1896 R (trad) Feest- en Cultuurpaleis (Stadhuis) FREIBURG-IM-BREISGAU - RH : GERMANY 1900 C non-trad Neues Rathaus cast in Strasbourg IZEGEM : BELGIUM 1921 I trad Sint Hiloniuskerk (Sint-Tillo) STRASBOURG : FRANCE - 67 1923 - [trad] Exposition Pasteur, 1923 OOSTENDE : BELGIUM 1925 C (trad) Feest- en Cultuurpaleis (Stadhuis) BAPAUME : FRANCE - 62 1930 C chime Beffroi de l'Hôtel de Ville DINANT : BELGIUM 1930 C (trad) Collégiale Notre-Dame cast by Slegers-Causard HARNES : FRANCE - 62 1933 C chime Église Saint-Martin LE CATEAU : FRANCE - 59 1933 C non-trad Beffroi Hôtel de Ville THUIN : BELGIUM 1936 F trad Beffroi (Belfort) OSLO - R : NORWAY 1949 F trad Rådhus (City Hall) Maredsous : Belgium 1952 - great "Elizabeth" Benedictine abbey church cast by Slegers-Causard (Tellin) MORIALME : BELGIUM 1956 C chime Église Saint-Martin DIJON : FRANCE - 21 1961 I trad Cathédral St.Bénigne
Several generations of the Causard/Slegers family (plus close relatives) operated foundries at six places in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and (between 1870-1918) Germany, as follows:
Most of the carillon work was done at Tellin, but some was done at Colmar or Strasbourg. The specific foundry is noted in each case in the index above when it is known.
Following the deaths of Hippolyte, Firmin and Adrien Causard, ownership of the surviving foundries fell into the hands of Marie Causard, daughter of Hippolyte, and Sidonie Causard, daughter of Firmin. But because in those days women were not expected to be involved in business, the public faces of the Causard enterprise were Georges Slégers (husband of Marie Causard) and Odon Dury (husband of Sidonie Causard). Georges [II] Slégers (1907-1970), son of Marie and Georges [I] Slégers, was the last bellfounder in this dynasty. Upon his death, the Tellin foundry was closed.
An inventory of more than 17000 present and former bells in Belgium yields the following names and ranges of dates found:
CAUSARD Adrien 1908 CAUSARD Adrien et Firmin 1894 CAUSARD Charles 1830-1841 CAUSARD Colmar 1955 CAUSARD FRERES 1844 CAUSARD Hippolyte 1867-1903 CAUSARD-SLEGERS 1717-1970The year 1717 is clearly an error for the starting date of the appearance of the name Slegers on bells from these foundries, but since it (along with several other impossibly early entries for the same name) refers to a bell that was seized in 1943, there is no possibility of determining what was correct. Furthermore, the vast majority of Causard bells are listed under the last of those names. Together with the obvious fact that four of those names ought to be represented by more than a single year, this leads to the conclusion that many of those bells must have been recorded under a generic name rather than according to the actual name of the founder as inscribed on the bell.
A partial biographical genealogy
of the Causard/Slégers family (in French) identifies over a dozen members who were important to the
operation of the various foundries.
The same source presents a 9-page photo essay on the foundry as it remains today, a museum to its past. Unfortunately, the museum closed in 2013.
The French Wikipedia article on the museum of Tellin (1992-2013) places it in the old post building, near the foundry. The English Wikipedia article on the museum places it in the foundry building itself, and indicates that the latest owner of that building plans to reopen the museum. An associated Wikimedia Commons category has six photos.
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