Windmill Het Prinsenhof, Westzaan, NL
Windmill Het Prinsenhof, 1722.
Het_Prinsenhof (The Prince’s Court) spent the first 178 years of its life peeling barley. In 1899, the mill was used for the processing of coffee husks from Hamburg and Bremen for the next 20 years. At the outset of World War I, sawdust was ground to wood pulp, a raw ingredient for the manufacture of linoleum. This activity was done up to 1954, when the mill was taken over by a large barley peeling factory. In 1961, the mill was sold to the Society for 6000 Dutch guilders (3000 euro).
After a comprehensive restoration in the years after 1970, plans were drawn up to use the mill for peeling barley again and to process that to pearl barley. Het_Prinsenhof still performes that task right up until today.
Credits: © René van der Meer, RvdM.com