Photographer's Note

2020 - All rights reserved. The photos taken by photographer John Maenhout are registered and copyrighted. Use in any form (web, paper publication, public exposure, etc.) is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. To contact with photographer please use TE Contact Me

Own NEW site 2020

This visit during Covid-19 to Hoeke part of Damme, this is allowed in Belgium at the moment

My bike ride went past Hoeke a polder village with a beautiful Mill.

Hoekemolen. (dutch)

The Hoekemolen is a windmill in the village of Hoeke, which is part of the West Flemish municipality of Damme, at Natinlaan 21.

It is a round stone mill of the ground sailor type, which functioned as a flour mill.

Hoeke had its own mill of the standerd mill type that was mentioned in 1324, but went down in a flood. The residents now had to have their grain ground at the Oostmolen in Oostkerke, a mill that was first mentioned in 1405. Before 1481 this post mill was transferred from Oostkerke to Hoeke. This mill was destroyed during the Wars of Religion at the end of the 16th century. In 1627 there was a new mill. It suffered from Spanish and in 1702 from State troops.

In 1839 the former post mill was completely destroyed by storm. A new stone mill was built in 1840. A mechanical mill was added to the company in 1930. There was less and less wind milling and the mill fell into disrepair. In the 1930s, the Belgian State built the Natinlaan, along which the increasingly busy traffic from the inland to the coast was diverted. The State also bought the mill in 1936 and restored the exterior in 1937. However, the mill could no longer grind. In 1981 the mill was protected as a monument and its surroundings as a protected village view. In 1985 the mill was made operational again.

In 1999 the mill came into the ownership of the Flemish Region and in 2001 it was granted a long lease to the Flemish Heritage Foundation, later called Herita vzw.

Camera Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
File Size
Shooting Date/Time
27/11/2020 10:45:11
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
ISO Speed
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length
Image Size
Image Quality
Flash Off
Picture Style

Photo Information
Viewed: 0
Points: 50
  • None
Additional Photos by John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 29190 W: 518 N: 49582] (211734)
View More Pictures