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Nederland - Epen, Volmolen

Nederland - Epen, Volmolen
One of the most well-known building in the valley of the river Geul is probably the Volmolen just outside the village of Epen. The mill was part of the broadcloth industry in Vaals. Because of the location of the mill on the Geul, there was an abundance of water available for vollen - that’s why the mill is named Volmolen - the fulling of the wool. There was not such a large amount of water in the vicinity of Vaals.

The history of the Epener mill dates back to the 17th century. In 1680 there was already talk of an oil mill. Later it is said to have been used as a bark mill. It was only in the last decades of the 18th century that it became a fulling mill.

The urine and rancid butter needed for the fulling process was discharged into the river Geul after use. So it is not strange that the Volmolen was built outside the village centre of Epen. The complex is situated between the Geul and a dug mill brook. Water is pumped up into the brook to increase the decay of the water at the waterwheel. The buildings, a mill house and a farm with attached barns, surround a courtyard. The walls of the buildings are built in various types of locally broken stone.

In 1872 the mill was converted into a flour mill. After several renovations and restorations the Volmolen was put into a flour mill in 1977. The mill is now owned by the Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten (Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands). A foundation for the exploitation of the mill has a contract with a group of bakers for the supply of flour.

Sylvie, micritter, Tacheles, neira-Dan and 95 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
HFF, Jaap ! Hab ein schönes Wochenende !
2 months ago.
ANNICK56 club
bon week end jaap *******
2 months ago.
Annemarie club
a most fascinating image Jaap
( and beautiful insets)
Wish you a healthy safe Weekend:)
2 months ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
2 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Bien rendue.... HFF et bon weekend salutaire .
2 months ago.
Gudrun club
A fine series, this is a sort of mill that would also have been common in Germany. HFF, Jaap, enjoy your weekend and stay safe!
2 months ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
magnifique bâtiment***************merci Jaap ! belle fin de semaine♫
2 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Un des rares moulins à eau aux Pays-Bas bien capté !
Have a nice weekend
2 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Madeleine Defawes club
There are more than 100 watermills in the Netherlands !!
2 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
''The urine and rancid butter'' !! wow ! whatever next.... a good story there Jaap'... // Keep well and have a fine weekend... best wishes too - from Dj.
2 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Nice series and an interesting explanation!!!!!!
2 months ago.
Loose_Grip club
Another classic Dutch scene.
HFF & stay safe Jaap.
2 months ago.
 Stefani Wehner
Stefani Wehner club
Very interesting shot and history.HFF and stay safe!
2 months ago.
FotoArt club
In den Niederlanden gibt es also nicht nur Windmühlen.
HFF - und eine starke Gesundheit für die kommende Zeit.
2 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Beautiful set Jaap. I love these old mills.
HFF and wish you a good weekend.
2 months ago.
Pics-UM club
Schönes Mühlenmotiv. HFF und ein schönes Wochenende, Jaap. Gruß Uwe
2 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A great capture with an interesting history, most textiles industries started in areas with water for power and a damper atmosphere made wool easier to work with. HFF Jaap I hope you have an enjoyable weekend
2 months ago.
tiabunna club
Great information and series of images, Jaap. HFF, stay safe and have a great weekend.
2 months ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Schön dass es so etwas noch gibt.
Danke für die schönen Bilder Jaap!!
2 months ago.
Christa1004 club
Thanks for sharing this interesting history. It's always great to see that these old buildings continue to show their their ancestral knowledge. HFF Jaap.
2 months ago.
 Edna Edenkoben
Edna Edenkoben club
Looks like in the good ol' times...

HFF and have a good weekend!
2 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful set of images - HFF Jaap, have a nice weekend.
2 months ago.
vero club
quel beau moulin,j'aime Japp, merçi pour les infos, Bonne journée Amicalement
2 months ago.
 Pat Del
Pat Del club
Une belle présentation de ce moulin à aubes !
2 months ago.
 Soeradjoen (away for some time))
Soeradjoen (away for… club
Dat werkte ook en zonder vervuiling.
Groetjes Jaap.
2 months ago.
 Petar Bojić
Petar Bojić club
HFF and stay safe and healthy!
2 months ago.
J.Garcia club
A fascinating and very well told story, Jaap!
Photos are also splendid with very interesting details
I whish you a very pleasant weekend!
2 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Another great set of photos here. It is always good to read your descriptions and to learn that this is still being used to create flour. Well done.

HFF, enjoy your weekend in safety.
2 months ago.
uwschu club
Herrliche Mühle
HFF und ein sonniges Wochenende!
2 months ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Une belle lumière pour ce moulin bien en valeur par les cadrages
Bonne fin de semaine, Jaap
2 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
What a fantastic looking mill - really beautiful conservated. HFF, wish you a fine weekend, Jaap - and stay safe !
2 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Un beau moulin ! HFF
2 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Excellent capture and interesting narrative Jaap,
HFF and a nice but safe weekend.
2 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Agradable toma. HFF and have a healthy and nice weekend.
2 months ago.
Xata club
A watermill, that changes from windmills, LOL!
HFF Jaap
2 months ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
Great series on this watermill, Jaap. I was surprised it is still operational. I don't think any of the watermills I have seen here in Italy are. More power to the Netherlands for taking good care of these mills and continuing to use them as a source of renewable energy!

2 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Lovely pic with superb narrative Jaap,

HFF!! Have a safe and healthy week.
2 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Nice series!
Enjoy your weekend , Jaap!
2 months ago.
TOZ club
Another nice old mill Jaap.
HFF have a great weekend.
2 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
It not just the number of water-mills in the Netherlands that fascinates me, it's also the number of different types and styles of mill. They're all really beautiful and this is no exception.

A smashing series Jaap accompanied by a well-researched narrative. I'm glad it's no longer discharging urine and rancid butter into the river though..!!

HFF to you. Have a great weekend and stay safe.
2 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Keith Burton club
Me too, as we walked along the river !!
2 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
HFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 months ago.
Proxar club
Very beautiful, HFF.-)
2 months ago.
cp_u club
How beautiful; I love it!
2 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
HFF, Jaap. The mill has had a busy history. Nice cover photo and PiPs!
2 months ago.
Chris10 club
Prachtige foto's van deze watermolen Jaap!!

Groet, Christien.
2 months ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Sehr schöne Aufnahmen!
2 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
HFF great to read the history, stay safe.
2 months ago.
 Andrea Ertl
Andrea Ertl club
Tolle Aufnahme.
HFF Jaap und schönes und gesundes Wochenende.
2 months ago.
 Marco F. Delminho
Marco F. Delminho club
HFF und ein angenehmes und gesundes Wochenende
2 months ago.
Jean club
An outstanding series of images and great information as always.
2 months ago.
gezginruh club
A beautiful series,Jaap!
HFF and have a great weekend! Stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes
2 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful mill photo!
2 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
What a fine presentation you have for us today, Jaap! The information was very interesting. I had no idea what "fulling" was so I looked it up to be clear:

Fulling, also known as tucking or walking, is a step in woolen clothmaking which involves the cleansing of cloth to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and to make it thicker. The practice died out with the modernization of the industrial revolution. ~Wiki

Wow, all of the filth dumped into the water...*shakes head* So many of our waterways have been poisoned by people, it's just awful. But nice to know that's not the case for this mill's waterways anymore. It would be nice to get something made from the flour ground here!

Loved your other insets as well, my favorite is your second inset and the marvelous texture of the stone walls. The wheel, too, is totally spectacular but really, all of your pictures are great...as usual! :)
2 months ago.
 Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain club
2 months ago.
 Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly… club
Heel prachtige foto's van deze fijne molen.
Ik wens je een prettig en gezond weekend, Jaap. :-)
2 months ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Beau plan sur ce joli moulin !! Bon WE.
2 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
prachtig!! HFF
2 months ago.
trester88 club
Ökologische Antriebe gab es auch schon früher.
HFF, Jaap, und ein schönes Wochenende! Bleib gesund!
2 months ago.
Biobauer club
Schön, das sie noch genutzt wird. Interessante Story, gute Fotos.
2 months ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D club
Très belle image!
2 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Jaap
A very nice picture, which I like very much!
Wonderful composition
Fantastic colours
Great information too!
Best Wishes, HFF, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
2 months ago.
Ruebenkraut club
HFF Jaap!
2 months ago.
 Sarah (mostly busy elsewhere)
Sarah (mostly busy e… club
Jaap -- are you working on a book about wind- and other mills! You certainly have plenty of material.
2 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Formidables vues avec de beaux détails de ce superbe moulin à aubes ! Excellent et intéressant descriptif de ce monument national !
Passez un très bon week-end, Jaap ! HFF !
2 months ago.
Erika+Manfred club
Belated HFF, have a fine weekend, stay healthy.
2 months ago.
Berny club
Wonderful mill!
HFF and a wonderful, safe weekend, Jaap!
2 months ago.
 Klaus F.
Klaus F. club
Schön und interessant!
2 months ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Very picturesque all images. looks so peaceful + interesting info ....Have a good weekend Jaap !!!
2 months ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
nice remains of a very important time in History
2 months ago.
 Yves Saulnier
Yves Saulnier club
Un texte très intéressant et une belle photo.
2 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Charming watermill, well shown! Belated HFF and a safe weekend, Jaap!
2 months ago.
photosofghosts club
Splendid ancient building, well done !
Nice sunday
2 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
So charming!*****************
2 months ago.
menonfire club
Ein sehr imposantes Bauwerk solch eine Wassermühle
2 months ago.
Esther club
Watermills, not windmills, were common where I live, despite the frequent windy days.
2 months ago.
 Naturfex Erich
Naturfex Erich club
Beautiful picture Jaap. I wish you a nice weekend and stay safe!!!
2 months ago.
Rafael club
Bonito molino de agua!!
buen domingo !
2 months ago.
 Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic club
extra ! :-)
2 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Of rare beauty . . .
2 months ago.
WiePet club
Very nice watermill and interesting history!
2 months ago.
Zulma club
A pleasant image Jaap. Gorgeous shadows too. Have a healthy and safe day my friend.
2 months ago.
 Jean Paul Capdeville
Jean Paul Capdeville club
Magnifique moulin à eau
2 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
die rand is helemaal vernieuwd met die rotsblokken-was voorheen gewoon grond en gras-ik heb nog opnamen van 1985 winter hing het rad vol met ijspegels
Daar waar links die sluis is waar die wateroverloop is was toen geheel dichtgevroren
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
Prachtige duidelijke foto en een uitstekende verklaring erbij.
2 months ago.
X-pose club
Prachtig op de foto gezet. Kan zo in een toeristisch boekwerk.
2 months ago.
Schussentäler club
eine prächtige Mühle
8 weeks ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
c'est magnifique
8 weeks ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Great capture, well done Jaap
8 weeks ago.
Klaus23260 club
Danke für dieses schöne Foto.
7 weeks ago.
 Yves Saulnier
Yves Saulnier club
Belle bâtisse très sobre.
6 weeks ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Très beau moulin
6 weeks ago.
 Franco Timpanaro
Franco Timpanaro
Il mulino ad acqua: energia senza inquinare!
6 weeks ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
Cheryl Kelly (cher12… club
Very nice!
6 weeks ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
lovely mill very well documented as always, Jaap !
6 weeks ago.
Leuke watermoelen.
HFF Jaap! ;)))
5 weeks ago.

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