Mills in Alto Aragón - fábrica


Siétamo is a village near the city of Huesca — find it in eastern direction. From Huesca take the road N-240 towards Barbastro and Siétamo. You'll pass Quicena. Just before Siétamo do not enter the A-22 but stay on the N-240 and after a while turn right at the service station and onto the service road which will bring you to the Área de descanso (resting place). The mill is only a few steps away. You may have spotted its roof (2) from the N-240 already.
The mill took its water from the río Guatizalema.

Pictures: 20.V.2015

(1) The fábrica of Siétamo seen from the East.
The site is only a shadow of its past. The installa­tions have been completely dismantled and the general condition of the building is poor (2, 4) with large parts of the roof gone and several interior walls demolished.
Until the first few years of the 21st century the roof proudly advertised MOLINOS YLLA laid out in darker coloured tiles on the western slope (2) and only YLLA on the eastward looking plane. Aerial photos from 2006 show the roof still complete, but in 2009 the tiles have already disappeared.

(2) Detail of the section of (5) just below the center.

(3) The fábrica in 1952
The mill was named La Pilarica and this name may be discerned —with some difficulty— on the southern wall in the picture of 1952 (left in 3).
Several other walls carried other inscriptions. Though all of them were reduced to ghosts of the past at the time of our visit, we still managed to decipher some.

(4) The mill is an empty skeleton; all equipment and furniture has been taken away.

(5) Cerrado = closedAbierto = open.
(6) South facing wall of the fábrica.
The wall looking to the South (6) is most the rich on text in several layers. The highest third is free of text.

Between the two blind windows of the second floor an extensive drawing can be seen (7). We recognize a twelve-pointed star with the word MARIA in the center and the HARINAS (flour) above it. The star is supported by two detailled ears of wheat. Text and drawing are in blue on the cream background of the wall. Maria must have been the brand of flour commercialized by this enterprise.

The space where La Pilarica can be seen in the picture of 1952 (3) features text in several layers (8). The top layer, in blue, reads as Industrias del[a]­Pilarica. An older, more faded, layer in larger characters shows Industrias del. I can't make anything of the section more to the right.

Finally, between the windows of the bottom floor (8), SIETAMO is painted in red and in a different type face. All text is in capitals only.

(7) Detail of the center of (6).

(8) Detail of the section of (6) just below the center.
The walls facing the East and West also carry some text, but apart from the words Fábrica (9) and Harinas with a trailing ghost A (East), I couldn't decode anything more.

(9) Wall looking to the West and the village of Siétamo.

Picture found in: Angél Rivera PisaCrónicas de Siétamo
Published by its author in (probably) 2000; 248pp.
Unfortunately the author doesn't give any hard facts about the enterprise.

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