Mills in Alto Aragón — molino harinero
in the valley of Aisa
lacking any major road. From Jaca take the road to Puente la Reina
and after some time turn right where Ascara and Araguas del Solano are signposted.
In Novés take left to Aisa and Sinués. Drop your vehicle where the road to Sinués
branches off. It's probably best to walk to the bend further on and to try to spot the mill
from above before you work your way through the fields and the vegetation.
The mill is built next to the Río Estarrún a tributary of the Río Aragón.
Pictures: 19.VIII.2011; 25.VI.2014
(1) The mill barely visible between the trees
he mill, though a rather big construction,
is almost entirely hidden between the trees. The top of a wall is barely visible
in pict. 1 (middle, right third). It's only when you are at its foot
that its impressive size becomes apparent (2).
The front shows two different faces. The old corner stones betray that the third at
the left is built as an afterthought: the walls are against each other but not bonded.
The stones are also smaller and not nearly as neatly stacked as the bigger stones of the rest.
The biggest section houses the mill proper.
(2) The front of the molino de Sinués
he entrance can be found
below the window in the center (2). It may require some perseverance to reach the door opening.
Take care and do not drift too far to the right because that's where
the drain is and you could make a nasty fall.
There isn't much to see inside. I couldn't find anything of interest
below the rubble, between the trees, nor on the walls. The stones have found
a second life as a piknik table in the communal gardens (†).
The cárcavo to the contrary is a must see and worth every scratch and the occasional wasp-sting.
(4) The cárcavo is deep and wide; the roof is a very flat arch.
he cárcavo survived remarkably well (4).
Of the two wheels only one was still in use during the last years of the mill (5).
The entire system with all the controls is in place and well preserved because it's all metallic.
The same type of rueda
is found in many cárcavos of the wide region
) though not always with the elegantly curved spokes (6).
he second wheel was a hybrid made of a central part
of iron with wooden blades attached. The wood is mostly gone but there is enough left in order
to appreciate how it all fitted together (7).
The situation reminds me of our visit to Buetas where we
found a similar configuration with two wheels (one iron, one wood) and even the same
approach in building the valves.
(5) Two wheels resting in the cárcavo
(6) Wheel entirely metallic
(7) Central part of a wheel with wooden blades
) writes how in 1907 two stones from
The couple was obviously meant for the axle shown on the left (5).
Before that time the mill must have been equiped with
the pudding stones turned piknik table in the merendero of the village.
(8) The village garden with old stones turned into piknik tables.
(9) Larger stone with ∅ = 140cm
our stones can be found in the communal garden:
one rosy kind of pudding stone with slight traces of its dressing (8); also a couple of compound stones
quite possibly from La Ferté but without any features confirming it. All three
have a ∅ = 130cm.
The fourth stone (8 background left, 9) is bigger (∅ = 140cm) and of an entirely
(10) Embalse outside wall
(11) Embalse inside wall with slot
(12) Engraving next to the door: 1908
stone next to the door carries a year mark — 1908
— but the mill is evidently much older. Chesús Beltrán in his history of
the village (†
) recites the names of all the millers since 1820 and
also gives a picture of a corner stone suggesting that the mill could very well exist
since the early 15th century!
—2008— Sinués en el siglo XIX|
136 pags, Bubok Publishing, ISBN 978-84-92580-35-4
Dedicates 10 full pages to the mill and its history.
—no year— Libro de Acuerdos y otras providencias del lugar de Sinués|
130 pags, Bubok Publishing
Transcription of contracts and agreements between the municipality and its villagers many
of which relate to the mill.
Both books are most interesting and free to download from www.bubok.es (latest check 05.VI.2014).