Mills in Altoaragón - harinero


Nueno lies on the main road from Huesca to Sabiñánigo and Jaca at the foot of the Puerto de Monrepos. There have been major road works in the vicinity and the situation on the terrain has become a mess. It may be best to approach from the South via the Autovía Mudéjar and take exit 375 (Nueno, Sabayés). From the roundabout try to find your way south through the web of small roads and tracks. The remains of the mill are near the remains of the Ermita de San Pedro which is a known tourist sight of the village.
However poor its condition, a visit to the mill is certainly recommended.

Pictures: 31.XII.1995, 14.VIII.2014

(1) Nueno and its mill.

Not much of the mill made it to our days: only a frac­tion of the façade and a short stretch of the canal with the pressure pit. The mill has been cleaned up in the early 21st century — vegetation was removed, interpretative panels were planted and the pressure pit secured — but the results didn't last for very long.
At the time of our second visit in 2014, fig trees were filling the innards (4) and the information on the panels was degraded into a useless brown shagreen. Only a section of the front wall — covered with ashlar stone (2) — was still upright. The rest (3) was gone.

(2) The mill in 1995 with the adobe wall still upright.

(3) The façade in 2014: section left is gone.
(4) The inner parts overgrown with fig trees.

(5) Saint Martin of Tours — the buttons on top say AÑO 1899

The main attraction is the bas-relief (5) which can be seen above the balcony (2). It depicts the story of Saint Martin of Tours who cuts his military cloak to share with a poor beggar. Notice the fine detail in the sculpture (6): the tail and the manes of the horse and the fringe of its caparison.
According to Catholic On-line Saints the patron saint of millers (bakers and grain traders) is Saint Honoratus of Amiens and Saint Martin keeps an eye on the poor, on soldiers, conscien­tious objectors, tailors, and on winemakers. In Aragón, however, it is San Martín who is the main patron saint of the miller.

(6) Fine detail in the stone.
(7) Enamel tile says this is a mill.

(8) Canal from the mill pond to the cubo.
(9) Turn in the canal.

What little remains of the waterworks merits also a closer look. From the mill pond a narrow and deep duct bordered with flat stones (8, 9) brought the water to the pressure pit (cubo, 11).
The pressure pit is rather narrow with its ∅ of about 100 cm, but very deep, deeper than most in the wide region. Other interesting cubos can be seen in Las Bellostas, Centenera and Alcampell.

(10) Corner stones
(11) The pressure pit (cubo).

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