Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller
Ballum Pumpemøller

Ballum Pumpemøller

Description

Right at the mills there is a small exhibition building which tells about the Wadden Sea and the drainage of the meadows. The turbines can always be viewed from the outside. In winter, however, the wind turbines are packed away so that they do not suffer unnecessary damage from wind and weather. 

History: After the abolition of the staveband in 1788, many improvements in Danish agriculture were made. Among other things. many aquatic soils were drained. In 1836 Ballum meadows were exchanged between the peasants, and in the following years ditches were dug and built dikes. At the exchange, where each farmer got his share of the meadow, some peasant animals were cut off from access to drinking water. In 1841, therefore, a community was established, investing in Archimedes screws that could lift water from the fresh Brede river to irrigate the animals. In 1842 two pumping mills were built according to Dutch design. The mills were made entirely of wood, and in the 1890s they were worn out, and new iron mills were built. These mills operated until 1965. The water, which was collected from Brede river, was distributed to the meadows via dug trenches.

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