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Red cloth sails ready to catch the
breeze blowing round 176 metre high Mont Cassel. Casteel
Meulen (Flemish dialect words) is a post mill - the whole
body of the mill turns to face the wind.
Mill on the mountain
The old 18th century windmill works on top of Mont Cassel,
the nearest Flanders has to a mountain. It was moved here in
1947, to replace one that blazed like a torch in 1911. Once
Cassel had over 20 windmills, either processing local crops
or draining the surrounding marshes. Some milled flour from
local wheat or rye; others crushed oil seeds to make linseed
oil, used for lamps and lubrication - and by Flanders'
famous oil painters. This mill does both - the main body
contains millstones, from which each visitor takes away a
bag of its flour. Underneath, the base of the mill has been
adapted so you can also see linseed oil being pressed by
traditional tilt-hammer techniques.
Inside the mill, the gears
from the sails drive the millstones
Oil press: oilseeds are crushed by primitive but effective
stampers; the linseed oil is drained off.
You can buy wholemeal flour
(la farine complète), or white flour - with
bran sieved out. The mill also demonstrates making different
types of bread.
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Location: Casteel Meulen, Mont
Cassel, 59670 CASSEL.
Take Cassel exit (D948) from A25
Tel: 00 33 3 28 40 52 55 (Tourist Office)
Fax: 00 33 3 28 40 59 17