De Hoop, Sleen

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De Hoop, Sleen
Molen de Hoop Sleen.jpg
De Hoop, June 2006
Mill name De Hoop
Mill location Drostenstraat 16, 7841 BM Sleen
Coordinates 52°46′19″N 6°48′01″E / 52.77194°N 6.80028°E / 52.77194; 6.80028Coordinates: 52°46′19″N 6°48′01″E / 52.77194°N 6.80028°E / 52.77194; 6.80028
Operator(s) Sleener Molen Stichting ‘De Hoop’, owner is Gemeente Coevorden
Year built 1914
Purpose Corn mill
Type Smock mill
Storeys Three-storey smock
Base storeys Three-storey base
Smock sides Eight sides
No. of sails Four sails
Type of sails Common sails
Windshaft Cast iron
Winding Tailpole and winch
No. of pairs of millstones One pair
Size of millstones 1.50 metres (4 ft 11 in)

De Hoop (English: 'The Hope') is a smock mill in Sleen, Drenthe, the Netherlands, which has been restored to working order. The mill was built in 1914 and is listed as a Rijksmonument, number 33787.[1]


A mill was built here in 1850. It was a smock mill without a stage and stood until it was burnt down in 1914.[2] To replace it, the mill known as De Gunst,[3] also known as the Molen van Nefkens, was moved from Amersfoort, Utrecht by millwright L Reinds of Beilen.[2] The mill was built for miller H Berends.[3] The mill was restored between 1953 and 1956 by millwright Huberts of Coevorden. On 24 July 1956 the mill was put back to work. In 1976, millwright J D Medendorp of Zuidlaren restored the mill again.[2] In 2010 the local authority Gemeente Coevorden became owner of the mill. Society "Sleener Molen Stichting ‘De Hoop’" was founded in 2012 to work the mill.[4]


For an explanation of the various items of machinery, see Mill machinery.

De Hoop is what the Dutch describe as an achtkante stellingmolen. It is a three-storey smock mill with a stage on a three-storey brick base.[1] The stage is at second-floor level, 6.30 metres (20 ft 8 in) above the ground.[3] The smock and cap are thatched. The mill is winded by a tailpole and winch. The four Common Sails have a span of 24.62 metres (80 ft 9 in) and are carried in a cast-iron windshaft cast by Enthuizen in 1861. The windshaft also carries the brake wheel, which has 62 cogs. This drives the wallower (30 cogs) at the top of the upright shaft. At the bottom of the upright shaft, the great spur wheel, which has 113 cogs, drives the 1.50-metre (4 ft 11 in)-diameter French Burr stones via a lantern pinion stone nut with 34 staves.[1]


  • H Berends (1914– )[3]

Public access[edit]

De Hoop is open to the public whenever a blue flag is flying.[5] The mill is also open on the Drentse Molendag, the last Saturday in August.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Technische gegevens" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Retrieved 17 October 2009.  (Click on "Technische gegevens" to view.)
  2. ^ a b c "Geschiedenis" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Retrieved 14 October 2009.  (Click on "Geschiedenis" to view.)
  3. ^ a b c d "Sleen, Drenthe" (in Dutch). Molendatabase. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "WELKOM!" (in Dutch). Sleender Molen Stichting "De Hoop". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Molen De Hoop (Kunst & cultuur)" (in Dutch). Magisch Drenthe. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Molen De Hoop in Sleen" (in Dutch). Gemeente Coevorden. Archived from the original on 2007-05-27. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 

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