The history of the watermill at Kloster goes back to the 1400s when the abbess at Gudum nunnery needed a mill to grind corn for fodder and bread and to grind oatmeal. The original watermill was destroyed during a sudden violent thaw in 1829. It was rebuilt in 1835 about 40 m further north on a more stable fundament. The mill is an L-shaped building with a mill and a taproom. A visit to the mill could take quite a long time. The present owners are the Tovborg family who can trace their connection with the mill back to 1854. They ensured that the mill was renovated with help from local volunteers, and re-established the millpond in 20124. They have also obtained finance for a new water wheel and grinder, partly from Realdania´s project “Underværker” (Wonders), that acclaims the efforts of local enthusiasts.
Relationships to the Aspiring Geopark
Kloster mill, the two nunneries and the village of Gudum have a harmonic relationship to the ice age landscape in which they are located. A system of paths called ”Kløverstierne” was established in 2015 by a group of volunteers with support from the “Open Air Council”. The story of the development of the ice age landscape and the related cultural history is presented here; this is an important element in the geopark. Gudum Parish Society arranges frequent trips that focus on the ice age landscape.