Oil Mill "De Bonte Hen" (The Colourful Hen) at the Zaanse Schans (Zaanstad - Holland)
Since 1935 the remnant of a mill stood on the east border of the river Zaan, opposite the lock of Zaandijk.
This remnant belonged to oil mill "De Bonte Hen" (The Colourful Hen, also called "De Kip" The Chicken), originally being built as a sawmill.
Apparently this mill was demolished in or around the year 1693 for in this year it was for sale. As after this fact no one ever heard something about a sawmill on this spot along the river Zaan, one has to assume that the mill was demolished and replaced by an oil mill. This mill was in action till 1926 and some ten years later broken down to the height of the gallery. Forty years later the - then restored – oil mill would go to work again. Today the mill is kitted out as a real oil mill. With a pair of edge runner stones, a first and second pounding, with stone stoves and striking rams is the mill in perfect working order. Consequently the mill is in use again, not once but very frequently.