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Description / history

In the village Sijsele, northeast of the church, located Nieuweweg 4 is a mill hull of an ancient stone mill-mountain. The access was formerly the Molenstraat, but by a construction allotment is that access changed. The hull is much shortened, but still looks complete, because in the last renovation a fake windmill cap was placed!

This mountain brick mill dates from 1820. He was used as a grain mill and oil mill. The common names are Lievens Village Mill and Mill (to the miller family Lievens). Other names for the mill under the Sijseelnaars for the mill are also Ryckers mill (to the client Ryckere in 1820) and Cher Latvian mill to the last farmer in the Mill.

Previously this was not a post-mill. The mill was around 1890 increased to improve the windcapture because the houses in the village usually had added floors. Secondly hampered the nearby trees the smooth running of the blades. This increase of a mill attic (noticing a kink in the trunk) happened to brig stone from the ruins of the Abbey Spermalie. Miller was Charles Logghe, married to Pauline Van Damme. They lived in the main street next to the bakery Moulaert. He owned the house until the Decloedtstraat. He was also mayor of Sijsele, from January 1913 to October 1914 (war).

The next miller was Edmond Lievens, who later became mayor of Sijsele . After Edmond Lievens was his son Raphael Miller and this until his tragic death in the mill in 1944. His brother Omer continued the work further. In August-September 1946 he left the sails (flight 25 meters) and the mill cap decreased. The following year they demolished the added attic above. The mill was covered with a concrete slab and did not serve as mechanical milling (with electric motor) until the sudden death of Omer Lievens in February 1956. In 1960 the family sold the Lievens Molenhof to farmers family Cherlet Van Loo.

In the 1990s the shortened fuselage renovated and equipped with a predefined mansard, which simulates the shape of a windmill cap! The white hull is now part of a residential complex.
The mill was in his heyday very impressive and large, seen as the most far into the surrounding. Mayor-miller Edmond Lievens kept his mill very well. The mill was built of red brick, 22 x 11 x 5 cm and was below 59 cm thick, the increase consisted of brick stones 26 x 12 x 6 cm. There were rectangular entrances and windows with thick bars. The top floor had disappeared round arch windows. There was a vaulted tunnel through the now drained Molenberg, which was higher than in many other belt grinders. The ground floor was later drafted a mechanical milling, while the first and the second attic attic twice chairs were drawn. These millstones were quite large in diameter. Next to the entrance inside the mill are still two stones with the inscriptions "1820" and "IBR" to the client Rijckers. On the terrace of a family on the neighborhood Sijsele-Donk is still another millstone. In my collection I save a graceful statue of Mary, carved from a beam mill, such as those in the 1950s by the former mayor miller Edmond-Charles Lievens to Goethals (nicknamed Karel Van Daele) was donated. The latter was my great-grandfather on her mother's side and was for many years journeyman miller at Mill Lievens.

The hull was renovated and incorporated into a housing project. There came a new mansard roof, although shape similar to a mill cap, but fixed on cockpit is attached.
In 2010 the mill was sold to a private individual.

Architecture and technical aspects

The hull has been renovated as a residence. We see three floors and an attic. In the hull is a entire property of a house installed.

The ground floor was to renovate an access portal created. Them are two windows. This floor was formerly a mill equipped. That is completely gone. Currently there is an equipped kitchenette and a small living room.
On the first floor was used to light work. There is a bathroom decorated. On the second floor were two couples stones. There is space for a bedroom.
The attic is a wooden windmill cap. The mansard approximates the view of a mill cap, but it is fixed to the hull. The floor beams in the hull are not authentic. In place of the oak beams are double plastic beams placed.

Outside the hull painted white. In the trunk are two pieces of stone with inscriptions incorporated.

On the right inscription is the manufacturing of the mill (1820) incorporated

For Sale by Immo INVASCO