Mills in Altoaragón - harinero, central eléctrica
Ribera de Castanesa
is situated in the Ribagorza region
of Huesca Province. It belonged to which itself became part
of in 1966.
You'll find it north of which can be found on the N 260 between
Ribera lies in the idyllic valley of the Río Baliera. Plans exist to sacrifice this beautiful landscape
to the expansion of Cerler ski resort with among other things about 2500 houses and 3000 hotel rooms and in Ribera
parking space for 1600 vehicles.
At the entrance of Ribera you will be welcomed by a decommissioned stone (1). Walk between the
houses and cross the river. The mill is only a few steps away.
(1) Entrance of Ribera village with decommissioned stone.
(2) Front of the mill with the two drains.
The construction is almost entirely hidden below
shrubs and trees (2) and is in a sorry state. There are traces of an upper floor but how this floor was used,
as living quarters or for storage, is impossible to know. The ground floor probably
consisted of two rooms of roughly equal size. Left (when looking from outside towards the mill, 2)
was the mill proper where we did find some of the equipment.
he other room may have been the reception area as it
communicates with the work space and must have had an entrance from outside — at least, that is what we think
from the remains of the walls.
The workplace has been extended to make room for the generator (4) and this part
of the construction now protrudes from the rest (3).
(3) Mill was extended to make room for the generator.
There are two drains below rather flat arches. The left one (4)
if for the turbine and the right one for the grain mill (5). The wall — like in most mills — features a
window above the outlet of the grain mill.
The roof of this cárcavo (5) has collapsed
and now hides the wheel which is still at its position. An iron axle proves that the
runner stone was driven by this wheel. There was no connection with the turbine.
(4) Desagüe (drain) of turbine
(5) Desagüe of grain mill
(6) Façade with generator and old wiring
(7) Old wiring and insulator
(8) Overview of the work place: turbine (l), grain mill, entrance, window, generator (r)
All the work happened in one room (8). The grain mill
and the turbine are lined up against the back wall.
The hurst frame (9) is situated
just right from the entrance. It is also used as a support for the distal end of the
axle of the turbine (10).
(9) Composite stones fallen apart
The stones are of the composite type. The metal straps are broken
and the stones have fallen apart. Only the central pieces with a funnel are still sitting on the axle.
The frame is built from carved stone. The front, with a slit through which the meal came out,
is made from a trunk without much processing. The surface is very irregular with the base
of some branches still protruding. No tools, nor other equipment related to the mill
could be found.
A huge turbine is placed next to the hurst frame (10). The turbine is made by
(LESA) from and carries
the serial N° 129 (11). Another type of the same brand can be seen in Acumuer
(10) Turbine with belt wheel
(11) La Electricidad S. A. Sabadell N°129
(12) Generator with turbine in background
(13) Generator with belt wheel
(14) Tag on the generator
he generator is situated at the front end of the
building. The belt therefore must have crossed then entire room from back to front (12) and had
to be negotiated for each walk to the control panel which was in the corner furthest from
The generator carries a tag (14) with the specifications but there is no indication of a brand.
It may be LESA's own brand or maybe Oerlikon of which LESA was a distributor.
(15) The mill pond with three doors for grain mill (l), turbine and spillway (r)
(16) Water inlet (saetín) to the turbine
The mill pond is situated above and behind the
building. The construction of a new service track left the site disturbed but we could still appreciate
the layout in general. Each production unit (meal, electricity) must have had its own section (15) with
its own door. The section providing water to the turbine is almost entirely open and the inlet (16) is
free from shrubs. What remains of the part feeding the grain mill is hidden below a dense layer of blackberry.