Polder Lekkerland

To the east of the two rows of eight windmills each, there are two more octagonal windmills. They pump water out of one of the two reclaimed polders in the westernmost part of the Overwaard polder, closest to the sea. This polder is called Nieuw-Lekkerland.

The Hoge Molen (High Mill) is a polder windmill along Boezemkade in the Dutch Nieuw-Lekkerland. Built in 1740, it is one of the Kinderdijk windmills. The Hoge Molen was an upper windmill, pumping water from the low storage basin to the high storage basin. One of the two windmills that pumped water from the polder into the low storage basin is called the Kleine of Lage Molen (Low Mill) and still stands today. When the water wheel on the Hoge Molen was replaced in 1966 by an auger and the windmill was able to bring water up directly from the polder level, the Lage Molen ceased to be useful. Since 1997, the polder has been discharging the excess water directly into the Overwaard low storage basin via an auger pump.

The Kleine of Lage Molen is a grondzeiler or ‘ground-sail windmill’ along Boezemkade in the Dutch Nieuw-Lekkerland. It was built in 1761 to replace a previous hollow post windmill that had been severely damaged by a storm. The Kleine of Lage Molen is one of the Kinderdijk windmills. The Lage Molen acted as the lower windmill, working in concert with the long-vanished Oude Molen to pump water from the polder into the low storage basin. The Hoge Molen scooped the water into the high storage basin. When the water wheel on the Hoge Molen was replaced in 1966 by an auger and the windmill was able to bring water up directly from the polder level, the Lage Molen ceased to be useful. Since 1997, the polder has been discharging the excess water directly into the Overwaard low storage basin via an auger pump.

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