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Tot Voordeel en Genoegen

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Tot Voordeel en Genoegen is a windmill built in 1798 on the Molendijk 15 in Alphen, Gelderland, in the Netherlands. It is a large post mill, built above a roundhouse, used for grinding wheat flour. It is the only windmill in the Netherlands that drives three pairs of millstones. The mechanism is mostly wooden, since iron was expensive when it was built. The windmill, which is still functional, can be rotated on its post to face the wind for maximum effect.
"Tot Voordeel en Genoegen" was built in 1798 for P. van Dam. It is beside the river so it catches as much wind as possible. The last miller to own and operate it was van Dreumel, to whom farmers in the Alphen area regularly brought their flour to be ground until 1978. The municipality of West Maas en Waal now owns the mill, which is still functional, and may be visited for tours and demonstrations. The mill was completely restored in 1964, and moved about 25 metres . The post is no longer elm, but is now made from bilinga wood. The sides of the box are now also made from this wood.


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