Tuesday, April 6, 2010
My World Tuesday
Today's picture shows a historical water mill, called the Weltermolen (molen = Dutch for mill). The mill was first mentioned in the 14th century. It is not known when exactly the mill was build. I suppose the first water wheel must have been made of wood. The ownership of the mill changed many times caused by deaths or divorces. It is now privately owned. The mill is fed by the pond mentioned in my last post while the pond is fed by a stream: de Geleenbeek. The water wheel was replaced by a new iron wheel at the end of the 19th century. During WW2 the mill was taken out of action and fell into decay. Because of the historical value of the mill it has been restored around 1980. On a few milling days the mill works and is open to visitors.
This picture gives you an idea of the size. The diameter of the wheel is over 5 meters.
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