De Vlijt, Meppel

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De Vlijt
Mill name De Vlijt
Mill location Sluisgracht 20, 7941 BW, Meppel
Coordinates 52°41′44″N 6°11′10″E / 52.69556°N 6.18611°E / 52.69556; 6.18611Coordinates: 52°41′44″N 6°11′10″E / 52.69556°N 6.18611°E / 52.69556; 6.18611
Operator(s) Stichting Stadskorenmolen De Vlijt
Year built 2001
Type Smock mill
Storeys Two-storey smock
Base storeys Four-storey base
Smock sides Eight sides
No. of sails Four sails
Type of sails Common sails
Winding Tailpole and winch

De Vlijt (English: The Diligence) is a smock mill in Meppel, Drenthe, the Netherlands. It was built in 2001.


De Vlijt was built in 2001 on the base of a tower mill which had been taken out of use in 1933 and demolished in 1965. The tower had been built on an octagonal brick base which was left standing.[1] The base is currently used as living accommodation and office space.[2]


De Vlijt is what the Dutch describe as an "achtkante stellingmolen". It is a smock mill with a stage. It has four-storey brick base and the stage is at third-floor level, 9.10 metres (29 ft 10 in) above ground level. The mill is winded by tailpole and winch. The four common sails have a span of 21.80 metres (71 ft 6 in).[3] The cast-iron windshaft was made by Fabrikaat Gieterij Hardinxveld in 2001. The mill has no internal gears or machinery.[1]

Public Access[edit]

De Vlijt is not open to the public.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Meppel, Drenthe" (in Dutch). Molendatabase. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Geschiedenis" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Retrieved 11 September 2009.  (Click on"Geschiedenis" to view)
  3. ^ "Technische gegevens" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Retrieved 11 September 2009.  (Click on"Technische Gegevens" to view)

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