Five sites dedicated to handcrafts
Villedieu-les-Poêles is one of the essential stops for artisanal tourism in Normandy and La Manche. Fruit of a history of copper and metal working dating back to the Middle Ages, Villedieu is an important place to visit. L'Atelier du Cuivre (the copper workshop), la Maison de l'Etain, (House of Pewter), le Musée de la Poeslerie (Museum of copper pots and pans), la Fonderie des Cloches (Bell foundry) honour through their know-how this Arts and Crafts Town. Woodworking, cabinet-making and lace-making also occupy an important place in the local economy. The Museum of Norman Furniture and the lace workshop (Maison de la Dentelière), bear witness to the wealth of these ancient activities.
Villedieu-les-Poêles: first Commandery of the Knights of Malta
Every four years an important delegation from the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta participates in the ceremonies of the Grand Sacre (Great Rites) at Villedieu-les-Poêles. The next time this event will take place will be in 2016!
Inhabitants of Villedieu-les-Poeles are called 'Theopolitains' or “Sourdins”, (deaf or hard of hearing). The term 'sourdin' is linked to the ancient activity of pots and pans making, when the constant and repetitive hammering of copper would eventually render the workmen deaf.
Special event: Every year, events are organised during “Arts and Crafts Days” to show ancient local traditions.
The workshops of Cornille Havard of Villedieu-les-Poêles are currently working on founding 8 new bells for the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. To celebrate its 850th anniversary the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris decided to replace the bells in the north tower. The company Cornille Havard has been entrusted with the execution of the new set.
In February 2013 the bells will be baptised on the parvise of Notre-Dame de Paris.