Mills in Altoaragón - harinero, central eléctrica
situated in the Solana
region between Boltaña and Fiscal on the
main road between L'Ainsa and Torla. The mill is best reached from Lacort. Coming from Boltaña you'll first
reach the panoramic viewpoint of Jánovas, then the branch
to Yeba and San Martín and after a while you'll reach a narrow turn to the right
with a (the first) house at the left. At that spot a track brings you to a suspension
bridge over the Río Ara. Drop the car. Cross the bridge and walk to the left where
you'll find the channel leading to the mill. First follow the path and then the
tree-line along the channel. It's perhaps a good a idea to try first to locate the mill
from the road (pict. 1).
The mill takes water from the Río Ara.
Pictures: 1.III.2007 and 11.IV.2007
(3) South-east corner with oven
(19) Corn sifter cleaner
ne entrance (3) serves both parts of the mill.
From the door you'll step directly into the wheat mill. First thing that strucks the eye
is a corn sifter dominating the place (19). It's amazing, considering the dreary environment,
how fresh and healthy the look of this machine. Notice how the light unwanted fraction
is directly blown away in the open through an opening in the eastern wall.
We've found similar (but smaller) grain cleaners in f.e. Castillazuelo
he situation in the rest of the
mill hurts the eye. But by the look of the poor remains, this must have been
a very industrious and efficient environment. Corn sifter and bolting machine (21) were
mechanized and products were transported by bucket-belts inside wooden cases (23).
There are two stone couples, according to Carlos Baselga Abril
for flour for bread and the other grinding meal for fodder.
(21) Bolting machine with two stone pairs
(22) Harinero with passage to central
(23) Parts of a bucket-belt
the region gives a nice account about life at Jánovas' mill from the customer's viewpoint.
in his book (
Going to the mill meant an early rise. It was very important
to be there as one of the first. We left our home with our heavily loaded horses and
with the stars still in the sky. Sometimes the full moon provided enough light
to negociate the tortuous and stony tracks. For dark nights we had lanterns (and the
beauty of the morning star).
It happened that someone arrived at the mill before sunrise - or even before day-break,
after an hour long nightly walk - and had to wait until the miller got out of his bed.
In the meantime more people arrived and a queue was formed.
You never knew if you would be alone waiting at the mill or one of the many.
That depended on luck and the necessities of people in the different villages. Such
things could not be planned. The mill was the perfect spot for a casual encounter where you never knew
who you would meet. ...
(translated from Spanish)
(5) North and west wall with powerstation
he mill of
Jánovas once was important providing electricity to most of the
villages in the Solana. Read Carlos Baselga Abril
Apart from some insulators, all equipment connected with the production
of electricity has been taken away.
(24) Generator room
(25) Old bearings
(26) Insulators inside
(27) Insulators on outside wall