North Jutland's oldest windmill
Havnø Mill from 1842 is North Jutland's oldest windmill. The thatched mill is part of Havnø Estate, and was built on a basement of granite boulders. The pinewood timber is from Norway. The moveable parts of the mill mechanism are made of oak from the…
Danish groats for Norway
Havnø Mill is 200 metres from Mariager Fiord, far away from villages and farms. Why did landowner Christen Juul Kjeldsen build his mill so far from potential customers? From his farm, Kjeldsen could clearly see Norwegian ships sailing to Mariager and Hobro carrying timber and iron. Often the ships returned home with empty cargo holds. Kjeldsen set his sights on exporting groats to Norway. Below the main farm is a loading area dating back to about 1500. From here the groats could be sailed away. Havnø Mill has never milled for the local farmers. It made groats for export, winter fodder for the estate's many bullocks and rye flour for bread for the estate employees. The mill stopped in 1927, when wind power was replaced by a traction engine.
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Havnø Mill is 200 metres from Mariager Fiord, far away from villages and farms. Why did landowner …