The series used several major filming locations, taking in the towns, cities and countryside
of Belgium. Please use the "more" links at the bottom of the page to access further Series 1 locations.
windmill at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Lombeek in Pajottenland is something of
a mecca for fans of Kapitein Zeppos. Much of the location
work for the first series was shot at this picturesque location.
The millhouse was used as the Captain's residence and the mill
itself is seen in many sequences. For the two 1968 series, the production unit returned to Pajottenland, Zeppos retaining his
distinctive home - but this time he would share it with new wife, Ariane Despinal.
The mill is a wooden postmill which was built
to grind corn in the 14th Century. It goes by the name
Hertboommolen (Hertboom mill), which refers to the adjacent
pastureland. Pajottenland is an argricultural area which was
reknowned for its abundance of watermills and windmills, the latter
of which at one time completely dominated the skyline. In recent
years, however, the windmills were removed from proper operation as
farming techniques evolved. Sadly, many mills in the area have been
demolished or have simply collapsed due to neglect.
the mill at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Lombeek has recently been totally
restored, having fallen into disrepair. The photograph above shows
the mill as it was directly before restoration work began.
After a great deal of work, which included the
complete dismantling of the mill, the restoration and manufacture of
parts and the ultimate reconstruction, the project managers were delighted to
re-open the windmill on 1st December 2002. The mill is now fully
operational - and once again stands proud on the skyline of
the restoration work is complete, the Hertboom windmill is open to the public
on Sundays throughout the whole year. Between May 1st and September
30th, the mill is also open on Public Holidays. Opening hours are
11am - 5pm. Visits are by reservation only - please book your visit via the
windmill's excellent website at
www.windmolen.be. The website is run by the owners of the windmill and contains
features in several languages, many photographs and even webcams picturing the mill. The photograph here shows what an
incredible job has been done to restore the windmill to its former
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