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ESQUELBECQ : FRANCE - 59 1977 C chime Église Saint-Folquin SAINT-AMAND-LES-EAUX - 1 : FRANCE - 59 1984 E trad Tour de l'ancienne Abbaye SAARBRUECKEN : GERMANY-BRD 1999 C chime Rathausturm ALBI : FRANCE - 81 2010 I trad Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-la-Drèche GHAJNSIELEM : MALTA 2011 C peal Ghajnsielem Parish Church PARIS - NDP : FRANCE - 00 2012 C peal Cathédrale Nôtre-Dame de Paris VILLEFRANCHE-DE-ROUERGUE : FRANCE - 12 2014 E trad Collégiale Notre-Dame ALBI : FRANCE - 81 2016 I trad Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-la-Drèche ALBI : FRANCE - 81 2017 E trad Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-la-Drèche
Cornille-Havard 10 Rue du Pont Chignon (D924) 50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles, France T: 02 33 61 00 56 F: 02 33 90 02 99 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Streetview of the garden entrance to the foundry on the west side of the street.
Streetview of the office building on the east side of the street, at the southeast corner of Rue Planche Blondel.
Website is entirely in French; an alternate URL redirects to the same Website.
"The Cornille Havard foundry is the heir to a long tradition of bell founders installed
in Villedieu-les-Poêles since the late Middle Ages.
The workshop, still in operation, was built in 1865.
Before that date, the founders were itinerant and moved at the foot of churches and cathedrals
to make their bells.
"It was Paul Havard who, succeeding in 1836 his brother-in-law César Béatrix, gave his name to the foundry. In 1865, when Adolphe Havard, a polytechnic engineer, resumed activity, he built the workshop and settled down the activity of bell founder. From 1874, he considerably developed the activity of the company which exported its bells all over the world.
"Adolphe Havard joined forces in 1903 with his son-in-law Léon Cornille who took over the management of the company in 1904, becoming the foundry Cornille Havard. From 1934 to 1944, it was directed by André Peeters. In 1944, the activity was stopped and it was not until 1946 that Marguerite Cornille, the daughter of Léon Cornille, resumed and relaunched the activity.
"Marguerite Cornille cedes the foundry to Françoise and Luigi Bergamo on June 1, 1981. Luigi, an engineer from the Central School, provides technical management and is the first in the world to model CAD layouts. He developed acoustic control on an electronic spectrum analyzer. His wife Françoise takes the commercial direction and develops the tourist activity with the opening to the public of his workshop.
"In 2001, Paul Bergamo came to strengthen the family business to develop and promote it. In 2012, he bought all the shares. Since then, it has perpetuated the traditions that have enabled the Cornille Havard foundry to be recognized by all experts for the aesthetic and musical quality of its bells.
"Beyond its job as a bell founder, the company also produces art foundry pieces. The companions are also campanists who install and maintain the mechanical and electrical equipment of bells and bell towers. Finally the foundry welcomes each year more than 55,000 visitors in its workshop, enlightened amateurs or simple curious.
"In 2013, the manufacture and installation of the nine new bells of Notre-Dame de Paris crowned world-renowned expertise and know-how.
"We thank Eric Sutter of the French Society of Campanology for his research."
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