Mills in Altoaragón - harinero, aceitero

Torres del Obispo

Torres del Obispo is perhaps not that easy to find because it's not on the regular tourist track. From Graus take the main road to the south and after a while turn left for Benabarre. You'll soon reach Torres del Obispo. Straight on at the branch taking off to the left and leading to the village center. You'll shortly reach a crossroads with the southern entrance to Torres and a bridge giving access to a road with fast trafic. At the other side of the bridge a narrow road leads to Juseu. The mill is situated exactly at this point. The low stone walls are the top level of the milling complex.
The mill got water from the Barranco del Molino.

Pictures: 20.VIII.2006; Map: Inst. Geográfico y Catastral, 1952

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(1) Situation of the mill
(14) Aceitero seen from the corn mill

It took us quite some time to get from the entrance (6) to the back of the aceitero (14). It was worth every scratch though, because it lead us to the discovery of the first conical grinding stones. They are located to where the red arrow points in pict. 14.
Conical grinding stones (15, 16) were more efficient than the cilinders running on their side and found in most of the olive mills of this site (e.g. Troncedo). They ran at a speed of about 13 rpm.

(6) Entrance of the oil mill
Behind the wall (16) was a smaller room with the usual grinding stone. I couldn't find any convincing doorway and the room was too narrow to be convenient. I therefore think that the wall (half a stone thick) was build to cut of the old grinding machine from the workroom.


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