Water Mill and its Heritage

Chapter 40, Part 1

My cousin-in-law has a very interesting hobby. He is into rebuilding of a watermill from ruins. It was founded that its mill system has a medieval origin. It is on a creek (Creek Csele) since 1331. He also found out that some Serbian merchant had rebuilt it along the way before moving into 1721, where waterwheels were added. The current state of the mill was mostly from 1930s as the wheel-house is on the east of the structure.

Image : Patak Malom

It was abandon for 50 years.

So you can imagine its state before 2007 when my cousin-in-law decided to renovate it – right from the ruins.

The mill was added with new machinery in 2009 and starts to operate again.  The unique part of this treadmill today is that grinding can be done when someone starts to walk in the treadmill (kinetic energy). The challenges were to re-create from old drawings and engravings and old descriptions of the ancient machinery. It has a diameter of 5.6meters, you can imagine how 1 or 2 people can fit inside -walking 🙂 Four turns can be made in one minute. So the speed of 160 revolutions/minute could be transformed by the cogwheels and its pine-wood axle. It will be slow grinding of about 10 kg of wheat into whole-grain flour – without using water or wind. Everything including the bran and the covering layer, so you’ll get a super healthy flour ingredient for baking.

 Image : Patak Malom

This part is partially underground. It is the vaulted wheel-house. It used to have water rushing here from Creek Csele. It is 2.5m in diameter (so slightly smaller than the above treadmill) and it was made by Transylvanian master craftsmen. There you can see are 70 hornbeam teeth.

Image : Patak Malom


So today if you visit Mohács, you can see how this 300-year old watermill is back in operation. There is a historical exhibition about the mill, the milling history, the objects. There is a lime kiln dated to the 20th century. Flatbread making (lepény), a special Hungarian fried bread (Lángos), savoury scones (pogácsá) in the outdoor oven. This can be an event for up to 45 pax. GPS: N 46º 2,453’ E 18º 40,624’

Traditional authentic Hungarian Mohasci pottery to make goulash


If you’re interested in Hungarian food recipes, here is my collection.

Do you also collect recipes of some traditional food from your country/city?


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