Weverslose Volmolen

Weverslose Volmolen
Zandstraat
5815
Merselo
Weverslose Volmolen

Places of interest

The wool from the sheep that grazed in the Peel was partly traded, spun, woven and refined into felt. The making of felt was done in a fulling mill.

The Volmolen

While researching old maps of this area, the Loobeek Foundation discovered that there was a right angle branch in Loobeek between Overloonseweg and the A73. This indicated that the brook was dammed at that spot to power a watermill. It turned out to be the fulling mill of the medieval weavers' guild the Neeje Meule.
Research in old sources has not made us any wiser as to what the mills looked like. To gain knowledge a study trip to Romania was made. There are still some working fulling mills. The foundation has rebuilt this fulling mill with that information. The special Field Mill is the only one with rapids in the Loobeek. This is necessary to be able to turn the wheel. 

What smells so bad there?

There have been many fulling mills, in the Netherlands but they are all gone. Fulling mills were also called stink mills. Here sheep wool was woven into cloth. The fulling made the fabric denser and firmer and turned it into felt. For this purpose the fabric had to be kneaded for days in a tub filled with earth, urine and soap. At first this was done with feet, later this work was done by fulling mills. In this mill the fabric was pounded with wooden pestles. By working with urine it stank enormously in and around the mills. Very soon these mills had to be built outside the city because of the smell.

Nearby

The distances mentioned below are the distances from the location above.

 
2,22km
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2,35km
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2,68km
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2,68km
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2,80km
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3,27km
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3,55km
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3,94km
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3,96km
Restaurant
 
3,98km
Cycle route
 
4,01km
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4,05km
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4,08km
Restaurant
 
 
4,09km
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4,11km
Restaurant
 
4,19km
Restaurant
 
4,20km
Restaurant
 
4,23km
Lunchroom
 
4,26km
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4,26km
Cycle route
 
4,26km
Cycle route
 
4,27km
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4,27km
Restaurant
 
4,32km
Restaurant
 
4,85km
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4,85km
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4,86km
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7,00km
Restaurant
 
7,24km
Lunchroom
 
8,08km
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8,08km
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8,28km
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8,35km
Cycle route
 
8,69km
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9,14km
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