Mills in Altoaragón - harinero
is a small village in the La Fueva
region. From L'Ainsa take the road to Campo and after 13 km turn right to Tierrantona. Keep on the
main road until you find Formigales, Troncedo and Graus signposted to the left. Past the village of Formigales
there is a sharp turn to the left; here a track goes down into the valley of the Barranco de Formigales — the
mill of Solanilla
is higher up on the same rivulet. Walk the track down —you will soon
pass the dilapidated shack indicating the path to the oil mill— until you find the mill at your left side.
(1) The complex of miller's home (r), mill (m) and sheds (l).
(2) Dintel at the back of the house features: 1763.
he mill proper is only a small part of the construction which
contains also a huge house and a long line of sheds. The workplace of the mill has its entrance separate
from the rest. The arch (3) gives access to a porch where a wooden door opens into the mill.
The door was closed and secured, so we couldn't enter, but there was a small hole through which
we managed to take a picture (5) of the situation at the other side.
The installation looks complete and in good shape. Though there are two carcavos (4) there
is only one platform with stones (5).
(3) Entrance to the mill
(4) Two cárcavos
(5) Interior of the mill proper
(6) Right cárcavo still houses a complete installation.
There are two carcavos (4) and they drain in a
gutter which runs along the wall to the left and then disappears under the steps (3) of the entrance.
We do not know where the water is given back to the river.
The cárcavo left (4) is free of mill related stuff and
is used to store firewood. The other cárcavo (6) contains the complete apparatus with sole tree (puente),
lightening tree (8, aliviador), wheel with wooden spoons (9) and the botana (7).
(7) Botana (end of the penstock)
(8) Sole tree with lightening rod
(9) Wheel with wooden blades
(10) Grain cleaner found in a shed
Behind the mill is a huge and deep pond nowadays full of trees.
The water supply channel can be traced back to its origin less than 200 m upstream. Some stretches
are degraded due to lack of maintenance and also because material rained down from the road higher
up the slope.
n my opinion, this site is just the perfect candidate
for a project where the mill is cleaned up and the installations made ready for visits by the public, just
like some enthusiasts did in Troncedo