Molenbeek-Ter Erpenbeek

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Molenbeek-Ter Erpenbeek
Stroomgebiedmolenbeektesw5.png
East Flanders, in color the municipalities of the basin of the Molenbeek-Ter Erpenbeek.
Origin Godveerdegem
Mouth Dender in Hofstade
Basin countries Belgium
Length 25 km
Basin area 54,74 km²

The Molenbeek-Ter Erpenbeek or in popular language Molenbeek (English: Millbrook-Ter Erpenbrook) is a brook in the Denderstreek, Belgium. The stream has a length of approximately 25 kilometers. The source of the Molenbeek is in Godveerdegem and the delta is located at Hofstade. This brook is not to be confused with another Molenbeek which also flows through Erpe-Mere (and Herzele).

Basin[edit]

The basin of the Molenbeek is located in the province of East Flanders and flows through the municipalities of Zottegem (Godveerdegem, Erwetegem, and Grotenberge), Herzele (Herzele, Sint-Lievens-Esse, Woubrechtegem, and Ressegem), Haaltert (Heldergem, Kerksken, and Haaltert), Erpe-Mere (Aaigem, Mere, and Erpe) and Aalst (Aalst and Hofstade).

The Molenbeek is part of the Molenbeek Erpe-Mere drainage basin, which is itself part of the Dender basin. The basin of the Molenbeek has an area of approximately 5474 hectares. The Molenbeek flows into the Dender at Hofstade.

From its source in Godveerdegem to the delta in Hofstade, the Molenbeek has the following tributaries: Plankebeek, Meilegembeek, De Burg's Heerendijkbeek, Grep, Holbeek, Steenbeek, and Zijpbeek.

Landmarks[edit]

  • Due to the geography of the area, there are eight water mills in Erpe-Mere on the Molenbeek, of which six are protected by law. One of mills which was not protected has been converted into a house.
  • On the Koudenberg, one of the highest hills of the community, there is a windmill that is protected by law. It was re-mounted on its base in 2006 after being restored in 2004 by a studio in Roeselare. The Kruiskoutermolen was restored in 2006 and is operational. It can be visited by appointment with the tourist service.
  • There is also a water tower in Erpe in the basin of de Molenbeek.
Place Name(s) Address Type Protected Info
Aaigem Engelsmolen
Molen te Dalhem
Molen te Dalme
Engelsmolen 1 Overshot watermill Monumentenschildje blauw wit.svg Yes It was originally a wheat mill, oil mill, and a flax attrition mill
Later on it was only a wheat mill
Aaigem Ratmolen
Waterrat
Ratmolenstraat 42 Overshot watermill Monumentenschildje blauw wit.svg Yes It was originally a wheat mill and an oil mill
Later on it was only a wheat mill
Aaigem Zwingelmolen Aaigembergstraat 10 Overshot watermill Foutief.png No It was originally a flax attrition mill
Later on it became a chicory mill
The mill wheel has been removed
It has been renovated as a house
Erpe Cottemmolen Molenstraat 36 Overshot watermill Monumentenschildje blauw wit.svg Yes It was originally a wheat mill and an oil mill
Later on it was only a wheat mill
Erpe Van Der Biestmolen Dorpsstraat 3 Overshot watermill Foutief.png No Wheat mill
Mere De Graevesmolen Bosstraat 25 Overshot watermill Monumentenschildje blauw wit.svg Yes Wheat mill and an oil mill
Mere Gotegemmolen Gotegemstraat 1 Overshot watermill Monumentenschildje blauw wit.svg Yes Wheat mill
Mere Kruiskoutermolen
Jezuïtenmolen
Molen Van Der Haegen
Schoolstraat Post windmill with open foot Monumentenschildje blauw wit.svg Yes Wheat mill
Mere Molen te Broeck
't Hof Schuurke
Wilgendries 6 Overshot watermill Monumentenschildje blauw wit.svg Yes Wheat mill

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Coordinates: 50°57′18″N 4°01′55″E / 50.9549°N 4.0320°E / 50.9549; 4.0320