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Moulin à Eau

Mill (GRAND-FAYT)


This mill was built on the banks of the Helpe Mineure river, the oldest parts of it dating back to the 13th century. In 1900, its two water-wheels were replaced by a turbine that drives the cream separators of a dairy and the flour grindstones, producing electricity at the same time. It was then used to manufacture the famous Maroilles cheese until 1962. The mill was immaculately restored by the current owner, who found a superb water wheel of exactly the right dimensions and got everything back into working order. During the season, there are guided tours to tell you the history of the site. The oven is occasionally lit to produce a batch of bread baked in the traditional fashion.