Mills in Altoaragón - aceitero

La Muela (Naval)

La Muela is a small nucleus in the Somontano de Barbastro. It belongs to the village of Naval (see Naval's mill) and nobody lives there permanently. The easiest approach is not from Naval but from the East from the main road between L'Ainsa and Barbastro. Coming from L'Ainsa drive until You pass Abizanda (see Abizanda's mill). A short while further on a branch to the left leads to Mipanas (see Mipanas' mill). Then comes a rest site with panoramic view over the lake. The road goes over the top of the hill and turns rather sharply to the right. You are now near km 17. Where the road turns left is a dirt road running to the right into the hills. That's the one which will bring you to La Muela. Make sure you have enough clearance, or better still, walk the track.

Pictures: 01.X.2007

La Muela; arrow points to the mill Remains of the oil mill
 
The site is situated halfway between Mipanas and Naval. Originally the mill and the house —completely renovated in 1999— formed one property but ownership was later split between heirs. The people living there at the time of our visit where direct descendants of the miller. During their childhood, we were told, they had assisted with the work at the mill. The mill was shut down shortly after the civil war.
 
Western section Eastern section: the oil mill
 
Looking at the ground-plan one can only conclude that the molino must have been quite important. I'm not sure about the purpose of the western part of the mill. Was it a warehouse with olives waiting for processing? Was it a mill equiped with an oldstyle wooden press? Difficult to tell. The eastern section housed an aceitero with a modern (for the time) vertical press. It's quite a contraption with impressive wheels and gears.

A ruello severed from its axle stood hidden below bramble bush in a separate room nearby.

 
 
N° 24
La Maquinista
Terrestre y Maritima
Barcelona 1864
 
La Maquinista Terrestre y Maritima is a brand we've seen more than once.
  • Troncedo: No number - year 1859 with a design which is much closer to the original wooden version (e.g. Sieste or Almazorre)
  • Here at La Muela: N°24 - year 1864
  • Mipanas: N°82 - year 1880
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