Mühlen in Ostfriesland

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    English titleMills in East Frisia
    Authors & editors

    Saathof, Gerd [Author]

    Publisher Ostfriesische Landschaft
    Year of publication 1979

    German (main text)

    Medium Book

    Wind & watermills > Other Europe (not GB) > Germany, Austria & Switzerland


    Scope & contentSummary TranslationIssue 21 in the series “Die Leuchtboje”. A brief introduction covers the development of milling in general, before detailing the windmills of East Frisia, first documented in 1424, covering ownership and the regulations governing millers. The next section gives a general overview of different types of windmill: post mills, hollow post mills, paltrok mills, tjaskers, Dutch mills, smock mills, gallery mills. It then goes into greater detail about the construction of Dutch mills and the milling process. The following pages look briefly at special kinds of mill that existing in East Frisia: hulling mills, oil mills, paper mills, rolling mills, tanning mills, sawmills, water-lifting mills, sluice mills, shell limestone mills. It continues with the establishment of a fire insurance society by the millers in 1779 and measures to conserve windmills in East Frisia, with a list of surviving mills, most of which can be visited. The final pages are devoted to mills in language, literature, folklore and customs, including the positioning of mill sails to convey a message – a system in use all over Germany and the Netherlands, although the message was not consistent. It ends with old measures used in East Frisia and their equivalents in litres and kilos, and a bibliography.

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