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This molen was the oldest type, now almost extinct, and can be found in Noord Brabant, Gronigen, Overijssel, Gelderland, Zeeland and Limburg. These moelns were used in or around 1200 as corn molens.

The body of a standardmolen or post mill consisted of a large square box constructed to turn around a heavy wooden pillar-the post.

The breast and tail of the body were narrower than the sides so they would catch as little wind as possible while still providing sufficient space inside. The body was turned to enable the sails to be set into the eye of the wind with every change of its direction.

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