Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero, aceitero, central eléctrica
is easily reached from
. Leave Graus in northern direction towards Campo
. Turn right for .
Once there do not enter the village, but continue straight-on towards
and . The construction is next to the road just before you
cross the Barranco de la Ribera
(or de Pinares
). Our latest visit
was on invitation of the owners who did quite a good job in removing
the luxuriant vegetation, making it a much easier job for us than in 1998.
Pictures: I.1998, 08.III.2004
(22) Interior in 1998 - a huge collection of car seats.
(23) Interior in 2004 - workplace cleaned up.
The main entrance is situated
in a side wall of the mill a bit lower than street level. You'll step
directly into the largest space of the construction : the flour mill
annex bakery. When we were there in 1998 the place was used by someone to store
a collection of car seats. The place is now cleaned up and therefore
giving us a better view of the workplace.
he main room is L-shaped and
houses the stone table (23) at one end and an oven (26), built with bricks, at the
other end. The stairs leading to the living quarters at the fourth floor
are partly hidden behind this oven. A huge torno
lines the wall at the left hand (22, 23). Other tornos can be seen in e.g.
Javierre de Olsón
(25) Neglected components of the milling station.
wo seats for stones are situated
on a wooden table against the wall directed to the river. The stones are gone. We couldn't
spot any picnic tables though. Only one of the guardapolvos
is still present
and the grua
(crane) strong and patient stands idly waiting for things to come.
Some other components and tools were scattered over the place and are now kept
If you peek below the stone seats, you'll
notice that you are staring in a void several meters deep and your eye will catch long
iron rods, pinions, beltwheels and a turbine at the bottom.
t's obvious that
this is a mill of a more recent make. In many, often smaller, mills the runner stones
are directly connected with the axle of the rodete
or the turbine
). The distance here between the stones
and the cárcavo is far too high for a solid connection. Working with belts
had the extra advantage of giving the choice between the turbine and a diesel engine
to power the mill.
It's big fun (and not without risk!) to go down in the lower levels and
to try to understand the meaning of the iron network.
(26) The oven - staircase leading to the living quarters.
(27) Motorized baker's trough.
he smallest door on the
front of the oven carries the letters F
a lightning arrow followed by PATENTE - VILADOMAT 24 - BARCELONA
The door behind the trough leads to
a small room where switches of the power station were situated.
(30) Mouth of the cárcavo.