Photographer's Note

Windmill wings make a hissing sound when passing by.

The South Abbey Mill sits high on a dune close to Belgium's coastline.
The mill, together with another mill, was part of a flourishing abbey complex constructed in the 13th century. The iconoclastic fury of 1566 and the Eighty Year's War (1568-1648) signalled the end for the abbey mills. The monks finally moved away and resettled in Bruges in 1627. The mill mounds remained behind as witnesses.
In 1951 the municipality of Koksijde purchased the Lootvoet Mill in Houtem (dated 1773) to bring the site back to life. It is an open post corn mill with three floors. The mill is one of only eight mills of this type still in existence.
A permanent miller ensures the functioning of the mill whenever the windspeed reaches 4 Beaufort at least. About 150 kg of grain can be processed hourly. The height of the mill is 14 meters and each sail arm has a span of 12 meters and weighs one ton. On average the mill has 180 000 axle revolutions per year.

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Additional Photos by Paul Bulteel (pauloog) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1394 W: 79 N: 1882] (11751)
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