Bell Foundry – 16th March 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017 was a beautiful day for a trip out and on this sunny day the ‘Association Anglophone de Coutances’ were off to Villedieu les Poêles to visit the Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard (Bell Foundry).


We met at 12.15 to have lunch prior to our guided tour. We were twelve who enjoyed à la carte meals at La Cuisine de Léonie.








We all had a most enjoyable and convivial time that lasted right up to the time of our planned visit… The Bell Foundry was a fascinating place and our guide, who spoke perfect English, explained and showed to us all the steps of making a bell. It is interesting how the Fonderie de Cloches not only receives commissions for new bells from places such as the Notre-Dame in Paris but also from far afield making bells for towns and cities in the USA! Currently they are making plaques for all of the American War Cemetries and some can already be seen at St. James and Colleville sur Mer.

We finished off our visit with a trip to the gift shop after having ‘played’ the bells that are all around in the courtyard…Smashing… We think a lovely time was had by all.