Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero, powerstation
's mill is found along the
and is easily reached. Take the road from L'Ainsa
and after 12km park your car at the branch were Fosado
is signposted. The
mill is just a few steps away.
Pictures: 21.XII.1998, 01.I.2011, 02.III.2012
(1) Molino de Fosado with Río Nata — 2012
he mill of Fosado is a rather big construction
consisting of a grain mill, a powerstation, storage room and living quarters for the miller.
The situation didn't improve in the time between our visits. In 1998 some parts of the grain mill
could have been saved (5, 7, 8), but are now definitely lost (6). Today the mill is an empty shell with only
the outer walls upright.
he central and highest part (1, 2) of the building houses the flour mill
and the miller's quarters on the top floors. The entrance is in the low and protruding section (2) of
the construction and was flanked by stonehalves (3, 4).
The section at the right side (1) is the power station having
a separate door. There is no way to enter this section which is empty all the same.
(2) The entrance
nce inside the first thing You will notice
are the stairs (9) leading to the living quarters. Take care and know that the safest
approach is to assess the situation from outside at the back of the building through the roof.
The floors collapsed during the time between
our visits (10, 11) and crushed the installations on the ground level (6).
The workfloor is at the right side and situated a couple of steps
higher than the entrance, but like I told you before, there is nothing much to see (6).
(3) Stone halves flank the entrance of the storage
(4) Retired running stone
(5) Stone casing and hopper — 1998
(6) Stone casing — 2011
(7) Casing and meal outlet
(9) Stairs to living quarters
(10) Living quarters in 1998
(11) Living quarters in 2011
The powerstation is muy ruinoso and we couldn't
possibly enter by the normal way. But this part of the mill has a separate outlet (1)
and we succesfully crawled our way through to the inner parts (12, 13).
The installations are entirely dismantled and removed.
This mill was equipped with a turbine: the tubes and some supports are telling.
There are also some insulators dispersed on the walls outside.
(12) — 1998
(13) — 1998
(14) Mouth of the cárcavo — 1998
aps of the Instituto Geográfico Nacional
(series MTN50, sheet 212) reveal an extensive network.
- The map of 1936 shows lines to Arro, Fosado, Fuendecampo, Atiart, Samper, San Juan de Toledo and
a cluster of houses without a name, but at the site of what is today's Lacabezonada.
- On the map of 1952 the lines are extended towards Charo, Luján, La Lueza (today's Alueza) and
(15) Weird passageway
f you look carefully at pict. 1 you'll notice that
both main functional sections do not lean against each other.
But at the highest level — difficult to reach —
between the buildings there is a weird piece of masonry. It's like an oven or kind of a container and next to it
a passageway (15) leads to the electricity room. The slope is so steep it can't be meant for people. But then,
what is it?
he situation with the waterworks of Fosado's mill are not
entirely clear. I didn't find a connection with the Lanata
river, but it's tempting
to think there must have been a channel between the mill and the dam
found upstream from the mill (18). Currently the embalse is only fed by a
small rivulet behind the mill. But that could never have been enough to drive
a generator feeding such a large network, even in former times when one house stood for one bulb.
The balsa (about 15m long) has earthen walls. The brick walls leading to the saetín (inlet) are
set with care and 4 to 5 m high (16).
he cárcavo (17) is
very deep and roomy. The roof is solid and from fine masonry close to the outlet (14).
There are two rodetes
next to each other and naturally also two botanas with tajadera (inlet pipes
with valve). Often each wheel has a cárcavo of its own (e.g. Sarvisé
or when there is room for two, only one is mounted. (e.g.
Javierre de Olsón
Notice that the wheels made their revolutions in opposite directions (just like human revolutions).
(17) cárcavo with two rodetes — 1998
(18) A dam on the Río Nata — 2012