About the mill

Flour mill “De Hoop” was built in the 17th century as a fulling mill “De Haan” in what was then Soeterwoude in the neighbourhood of Leiden. In 1865 the mill was moved to the Molenpad in ‘t Zand. There it served as a flour mill until the 1920s. After that, the blades of the mill were gradually removed and the hood was replaced by a rain hat.

At the beginning of this century, the idea arose to restore the mill to its former glory. This was no longer possible in its old location and so the mill was moved to its current location in May 2011. From May 2013 the mill can be visited here and every now and then wheat is ground into flour again.

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Activities

Throughout the year, various activities take place around the mill. This year the following activities are on the agenda (due to the current measures, some are still subject to change):

  • May 9 and 10 2020: National Mill Day (cancelled)
  • May 17 2020: Living Molenpolyspel (cancelled)
  • June 7 2020: Great bake off ‘t Zand (cancelled)
  • June 28 2020: Flea market (cancelled)
  • August 16 2020: Festival at the mill (cancelled)
  • September 12 and 13 2020: Heritage days
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Volunteers wanted

Are you interested in giving guided tours, taking care of coffee or helping with maintenance? Then do not hesitate to contact us.

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