De Valk Windmill in Leiden

I guess we’re windmill junkies. On our first trip to Ireland in 2002 we stayed for a week in Holywood, County Down with our cousins Henry and Geraldine. One day they took us to Ballycopeland on the Ards peninsula to see where our ancestors farmed. Our common ancestor James Muckle came over from Scotland in the 1700s to farm on a spot close to the famous Ballycopeland windmill which we toured on that day.  So here we are ten years later and it is our last day in the Netherlands and we hadn’t toured a windmill yet. So after lunch on our walk around Leiden we decided to walk up the path from our restaurant and visit De Valk (The Falcon) Molen (Windmill) Museum.

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Schematic of De Valk and its seven floors.

De Valk is a cereal mill like the one in Ballycopeland. It was built in 1743 and was acquired by the Van Rhijn family in the 1860s (Rembrandt was a Van Rhijn from Leiden).  The last miller Willem Van Rhijn died in 1966 and the windmill became a museum. It is still used occasionally to produce whole wheat flour which is sometimes available in the gift shop.

Pictures on the first floor living room wall.

Pictures on the first floor living room wall.

Another part of the living room.

Another part of the living room.

Displays of different types of windmills.

Displays of different types of windmills.

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More windmills.

Most of the explanations are in four languages.

Most of the explanations are in four languages.

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How the stones were “dressed.”

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Do blurry photos sometimes look like paintings?

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Four pairs of grinding stones were used in this windmill.

View from the top.

View from the top. Climbing up the ladders was a chore for this septuagenarian. But I made it!

Cousin Henry and Geraldine and Bee and I  in front of the Ballycopeland windmill in 2002.

Cousin Henry and Geraldine and Bee and I in front of the Ballycopeland windmill (County Down, Northern Ireland) in 2002.

After our tour we walked to the Beestenmarkt — a square in the shape of a triangle that used to be a cattle market — and then wandered down the Oude Vest for awhile.

Tomorrow: What’s Wrong with Amsterdam and What’s Right?

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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