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Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches

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Address: 11 rue du Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
Phone Number: +33 2 33 61 00 56
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In an authentic 19th Century workshop, discover nine centuries of...

In an authentic 19th Century workshop, discover nine centuries of tradition, from ageless methods to modern technology.

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Fonderie de cloches Villedieu-les-Poeles

Went there with friends when touring Normandy First of all, the site is quite small. This is evidently a relative statement as I had no idea how small/big a bell foundry could... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Went there with friends when touring Normandy First of all, the site is quite small. This is evidently a relative statement as I had no idea how small/big a bell foundry could be. However, once you start the tour, you realize all they can do is such a small area. The max weight is about 6 metric tons and they... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We were given a guided tour of the Foundry in English and the Guide was very friendly and informative. This Foundry is well worth a visit.

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Marylebone
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Went to entertain Amelia. An English guide Charlotte who was excellent. Discovered that the shops in the town are less expensive for little bells.

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Caistor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

This was a most interesting visit. We arrived just as the English tour was leaving and we where informed of the bell making process from making of the mouldy and wax relief designs to the smelting of the bronze. Our tour guide had excellent English and answered all of our questions eagerly and with humour. We were then allowed to... More 

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Beckenham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Fantastic tour - lasted about 45mins. Really interesting and available with an English speaking guide. This foundry takes orders and ships worldwide having recently forged nine bells for Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Somerset
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Had a spare day while passing through France and saw this bell foundry was in the town. A guided tour in good English for just a small group of visitors started soon after we arrived and we were taken around the foundry and the processes explained. The work was going on all around us and it was fascinating. They had... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

This working foundry takes orders for bells worldwide, and you just might see the molten metal being cast. We visited on a Saturday, but the guide was very knowledgeable and took us through all the steps. From 21st century software and laser-cutting to medieval goat hair and horse manure molds - still the best thing for the bronze bells. Very... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

Unsusual and rare place where you can follow the process of making bells. We didn't understand if there were guided tours in English or not, so we took information booklet in English. It was some kind of rare fun for our daughter to ring the bells on the yard and listen to clear and powerful sounds. We touched warm moulds... More 

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Aylsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

We went on a tour (in English) of the foundry and it was really very interesting. The tour guide was able to answer all questions. The gift shop has some lovely items.

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Yeovil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

This foundry has been making bells in the traditional way for a very long time and it was very interesting to see how it's done. We had a French guide who spoke perfect English and was very good at answering questions. The only thing to bear in mind is that you are touring a working foundry and the noise is... More 

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