Watermolen Frans - Margot Schulte
Watermolen Frans - Clifton Buitink
Water mill Frans

Water mill Frans - Mander

N 52.445916 / E 6.847093

At this upper stage mill, the water wheel is driven by the water of the Mosbeek, which falls on the wheel. The Mosbeek finds its way down through an erosion valley from the last ice age. This is where the oldest farms are located, right between wet and dry, stream and field. The water of the brook was not only used for washing and drinking, but also as a source of energy.

In 1711, Mayor Kremer of Ootmarsum had a paper mill built here. After the decline of manual paper production, the mill passed into the hands of H. Frans in 1870. The mill was demolished in 1872 and rebuilt as a corn mill. The large weir pond also dates from this time. In 1911, the mill was expanded to include a bakery.

Watermolen Frans has been owned by the Stichting Landschap Overijssel since 1962. The mill building, which was restored in 1968, 1991 and 2000, now houses an information centre with a permanent exhibition on the history, flora and fauna of the region.

Watermolen Frans - Margot Schulte
Watermolen Frans - Clifton Buitink

Water mill Frans
Oosteriksweg 26
7663 TA Mander

Contact details
T: 0541-680751

Opening hours
Monday Open 24 hours
Tuesday Open 24 hours
Wednesday Open 24 hours
Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Open 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours

The mill is open unmanned on weekdays when the weather is good. From November to March, it is open on Sundays from 12:00-16:00. Grinding demonstrations are held every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month from 13:00-16:00.

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