Korte Dreef at Onder de Toren
   Emmeloord, Flevoland, Netherlands
   LL: N 52.70991, E 5.75124
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City locator maps and gazetteer page


   Anne Kroeze
   E: AnneKroeze@planet.nl
*Former carillonists:
   19??-?? Henk Held (d.<1992)
   1977-2002 Dirk S. Donker


   Ms. F. Hilberink
   T: 0527-633911
   E: f.hilberink/@/noordoostpolder DOTnl


   Thursday 1100-1200, Friday 1900-2000


   Only tower in the Netherlands with a
   lift to the playing cabin.
   Bass bell also swings.
   A replica of this tower stands in the
   sister city of Mizumaki, Japan.
   Renovated in 2020 by Eijsbouts, with
   new keyboard.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 48 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C G   
   There is one missing bass semitone
   The presence or absence of a practice console is unknown
   The whole instrument was installed in 1959
     with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E38S1 
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 43 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   47 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  52 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  50%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2019

The city Website has a page about the building, announcing open hours during the summer, even though the office spaces are vacant.  It also says (Google translation), "The Poldertoren is equipped with a figure tower that comes out during the hour and a half.  This "music box" was presented on the occasion of 50 years of the Noordoostpolder and put into use on 9 Sept 1992 by Premier Lubbers.  The quality of the firguren circulation is hylarian.  The pigeons shatter the machine.  Every self-respecting city council member turns this into an election stunt.  On Monday, March 29, 2010, after thorough restoration, it was put back into use."
A long page about the carillon has many photos (though some of them are rather small) plus an audio clip.

The Dutch Wikipedia article about the building has a photo of it, and says   "The tower was purchased by the municipality of Noordoostpolder in 2005.  Among other things, the tower housed the tourist office with ANWB shop, an office and, at the height of the clock, the Sonoy restaurant with a Michelin star.  However, because the municipality could no longer finance maintenance, the tower became vacant in 2013."
Reportedly all bells are inscribed, but only the inscriptions for 18 of them are listed.

A replica of the Poldertoren stands in the sister city of Mizumaki, Japan.

Where 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.

Index to all traditional carillons in Netherlands.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL/Flevoland.

   This page was built from the database on  8-Sep-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/12/31
   and on technical data last updated on 2023/08/22

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