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Nederland - Mechelen, Bovenste Molen

The Bovenste Molen (Upper Mill) - formerly also known as Wolfsmolen - is located at the river Geul in the hamlet of Höfke near the village of Mechelen. It is a centre mill. Downstream in the same town there is another mill, which is logically referred to as the Onderste Molen (Lower Mill).

The location at the Geul seems to be very suitable, as a water mill has been standing here for 750 years. The oldest building tracks in the present building date from the 15th century. In French times the mill was confiscated and sold publicly.

Throughout the centuries the mill has served as a paper mill, flour mill and artificial wool mill. Artificial wool was made from disintegrated rags mixed with sheep's wool. The Bovenste Molen was a banmolen (mill soke). The inhabitants of the lord's territory were only allowed to have their grain ground in this mill. This in turn, of course, provided additional income for the landlord, who could levy tax on the grain.

Since 1979 the mill is owned by the Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten (Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands). Nowadays the mill is no longer in operation.
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Alice said:

Bonne fin de semaine!
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Annemarie said:

so nice also the insets

happy to be back to your images
Happy weekend.
Stay safe stay healthy.
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Malik Raoulda said:

HFF. et bon weekend.
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Kawasirius said:

Superbe série sur ce moulin accompagnée d'excellents détails et historiques !
Je vous souhaite un excellent week-end, Jaap ! HFF !
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antje p. said:

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Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

magnifique série sur ce beau moulin********************
merci Jaap ! belle fin de semaine♫
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Ulrich John said:

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Julien Rappaport said:

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Berny said:

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Wierd Folkersma said:

weer een prachtige serie, HFF Jaap
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Diana Australis said:

HFF Jaap...love water wheels, I do.
Thanks for sharing. Please stay safe and healthy...
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Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbes images de ce beau moulin à eau !
HFF et Bon weekend. Amitiés
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Guy Bacca said:

Bon regard sur ce moulin à eau parfaitement entretenu
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Ruth said:

Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
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