deMolen – A Traditional Dutch Windmill and Shining

Ken McIntosh President Timber Design Society

First proposed in 1990, De Molen was completed and officially opened on 13th April 2003. Built to plans and specifications obtained from the Netherlands, it is an exact replica of a traditional 17th Century Dutch flourmill and has received a completion certificate from the architect, who designed the mill Mr J A Hedra from Barneveld in the Netherlands. The million-dollar project began when a Dutchman, Dirk van Til, bought a property in Foxton, with the intention of growing tulip bulbs in partnership with John Langen. The land reminded Mr van Til so strongly of The Netherlands that he also decided to build a genuine Dutch mill. The tulip venture failed, due to a virus and unsuitable climate, and Mr van Til went to Australia. But Mr Langen stayed in Foxton, determined to carry the dream through.

Now, 15 years later, and thanks to many Foxton people, people of Dutch descent, foundation members, companies that have contributed products and services at special rates and to a grant from Eastern and Central Community Trust, he has achieved his goal.

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