Mills in Altoaragón - aceitero

Lapenilla


Lapenilla is a dead village above the Embalse de El Grado.
From L'Ainsa take the road to Campo. Turn right after 12 km toward Tierrantona and Troncedo. Continue until you reach Pano and the information panel next to the Ermita de la Virgen de la Collada. Park te car and walk the new service road down to Lapenilla and Aldea de Puy de Cinca. Enjoy the splendid views on Pano, Clamosa, El Grado lake and Abizanda (visit Abizanda's aceitero).
 
Mill: situation balsa where olives were crushed
You will find the mill not far outside the village. It must have been an impressive building, but now only the outer walls still stand up.

The pictures show what remains inside: stone pilas to collect and purify the oil and some parts of the prensa.

We found the balsa where the olives were crushed before the extraction of the oil in the low annex on the right side of the main building. The border is made of bricks exactly as in Abizanda.
Two opposite corners of the room are transformed in small algorines used to stock the fresh olives.
 
This is where the estera-oliva sandwich was put to extract the oil. Picture taken along the axis of the prensa showing a pila and the fireplace. The arm of the prensa was hung between this poles.
 
 
It's always good practise to scrutinize the walls. Once again we yielded some impressive date-stamps. The mark right from the door says 1935. The windows in the front wall announce 1853 and AÑO 1853 respectively.
Find more date stamps in Almazorre (18IX) and Coscojuela (1884, 1910) and many other mills.