Gemeentehuis (City Hall Tower)
   Grote Markt at Korte Kerkestraat
   Goes, Zeeland, Netherlands
   LL: N 51.5039. E 3.8905
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   Drum by Jan van de Brant, c.1550.

*Technical data:

   Mechanical-automatic chime of 11 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D  in the itty-bitty octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   1 bells were recast or replaced in 1948
     by vanBergen   
   Prior history:
     In 1766, the instrument was begun with 11 bells
       made by vandenGheyn 
       (10 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2012
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The Dutch Wikipedia article about the building is very brief, but does have one photo of it  There is a single substantial swinging bell visible in each of the two open cupolas, but it is not clear where this lightweight chime is located.  The Wikimedia Commons category for the building has many historical photos; one shows the drum next to a large swinging bell, all behind windows at the larger octagon level; action wires indicate that the bells must be above; multiple hammers per bell? must be inside the roof between the two levels.  Also a swinging bell in the upper (open) octagon, and another in the other lantern.

The page about this building's registration as a historic monument states that there are 10 bells by A.J.vdGheyn, 1766, plus one by Vanbergen, 1948; the drum which plays them is by Jan van de Brant, ca.1550.

A waymarking page describes the chime but not the larger two bells.

Wikimedia page of photos of the building

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanden Gheyn bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Netherlands chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Netherlands chimes by pitch of largest bell.
Ranking among all Netherlands chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL/Zeeland.

   This page was built from the database on 11-Apr-20
   based on textual data last updated on 2020/04/11
   and on technical data last updated on 2012/12/18

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