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The wipmolen, developed during the 15th century, was a graceful mill found in great numbers in the polder regions of Zuid Holland, West Utrecht, Noord Braband and Friesland.

The wipmolen was the oldest drainage mill type and evolved from the post molen. The rectangular mill house was made smaller and the pyramid-shaped lower part was made higher. These mills were generally painted in bright colors, providing a colorful sight in the polder landscape.

The living accommodations inside a wipmolen were not large, thus the smaller wipmolens were not inhabited.

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