De Eendracht, Anjum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
De Eendracht, Anjum
Dongeradiel Eanjum Moune.jpg
De Eendracht, 2007
Mill nameDe Eendracht
Mill locationMouneborren 18, 9133 MB, Anjum
Coordinates53°22′26″N 6°07′41″E / 53.37389°N 6.12806°E / 53.37389; 6.12806Coordinates: 53°22′26″N 6°07′41″E / 53.37389°N 6.12806°E / 53.37389; 6.12806
Operator(s)Stichting Monumentenbehoud Dongeradeel
Year built1889
PurposeCorn and barley mill
TypeSmock mill
StoreysThree-storey smock
Base storeysFive-storey base
Smock sidesEight sides
No. of sailsFour sails
Type of sailsCommon sails
WindshaftCast iron
WindingTailpole and winch
Auxiliary power40 horsepower (30 kW) hot bulb diesel engine
No. of pairs of millstonesFour pairs
Size of millstonesTwo pairs 1.50 metres (4 ft 11 in) diameter French Burrs, two pairs 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in) French Burrs

De Eendracht (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈʔeːndrɑxt]; English: The Unity) is a smock mill in Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands which has been restored to working order. The mill is listed as a Rijksmonument, number 31556.[1]


The first mill on this site was a horse mill, De Gortmolen van Bakker Lambert (English: Baker Lambert's barley mill), which was in existence by 1500. Circa 1760, this was replaced by a smock mill. On 24 May 1889 this mill was struck by lightning and burnt down.[2] The replacement mill, De Eendracht, was built by millwright G R van Wieren of Janum,[3] for miller Doeke Turkstra.[4] Parts from a demolished oil mill were incorporated into the new mill, as were parts from the saw mill De Haan (English: The Cockerel), which had also been demolished. Both these mills had stood in Leeuwarden.[3]

Auxiliary power was provided by a 40 horsepower (30 kW) Kromhout Type ER III hot bulb diesel engine.[3] The mill was working commercially until 1964 and was sold on 12 May 1967 to the Gemeente Oostdongeradeel for ƒ3,500.[2][3] The mill was restored by millwright Christiaan Bremer of Adorp, Groningen in 1971-72.[3]

The mill is used as a tourist information office by the VVV,[5] as well as being kept in working order. Further restoration work was undertaken in 1995.[3]


De Eendracht is what the Dutch describe as an "achtkante stellingmolen". It is a smock mill with a stage. The mill has a five-storey brick base. The stage is at 4th-floor level, 9.30 metres (30 ft 6 in) above ground level. The smock and cap are thatched. The cap is winded by a tailpole and winch.[1] The four Common sails, which have a span of 22.10 metres (72 ft 6 in),[4] are carried in a cast-iron windshaft. This was made by millwrights Prins van Oranje, Den Haag in 1876. The windshaft also carries the brake wheel which has 63 cogs. This drives the wallower (34 cogs) at the top of the upright shaft. At the bottom of the upright shaft, the great spur wheel (100 cogs) drives the lantern pinion stone nuts for the millstones (25 and 27 staves) and the lantern pinion stone nuts for the pearl barley stones (21 staves). All four pairs of stones are French Burrs, those used for flour milling are 1.50 metres (4 ft 11 in) diameter. The pearl barley stones are 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in) diameter.[1]

Public access[edit]

De Eendracht is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 - 17:00, April - October, and Saturdays only from 10:00 to 17:00 November to March.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Technische gegevens" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2009. (Click on Technische gegevens" to view.)
  2. ^ a b "Geschiedenis" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2009. (Click on Geschiedenis" to view.)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Stichting De Fryske Mole (1995). Friese Molens (in Dutch). Leeuwarden: Friese Pers Boekerij bv. p. 131. ISBN 90-330-1522-6.
  4. ^ a b c "Molen 'De Eendracht', het boeiende gezicht van Anjum" (in Dutch). Lauwerwmeer Koerier. Archived from the original on 17 July 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  5. ^ "VVV Anjum" (in Dutch). Vereniging voor Vreemdelingenverkeer. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2009.