Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero
should be on any road
map worth the name. From Jaca
take the road for Pamplona. Don't cross
the bridge in Puente la Reina de Jaca, but instead drive
straight on towards the Puerto de Santa Bárbara and Huesca
(A132). After quite a while take right where
is signposted. You will find the mill in the
last bend before the bridge giving access to the village. The mill is on the Río Asabón
Pictures: 16.XII.2000; 19.V.2011
(1) Mill with village of Villalangua in the background - 2000
he mill of Villalangua is big in comparison
with many of Aragón's mills. Most of the space, however, is taken by the
miller's living quarters. The mill proper is restricted to the ground level
and maybe also the darkish section at the left side of pict. 1.
The entrance to the workplace is situated in the wall looking to the East (1).
The opening is approximately in the middle and slightly below the level of the pasture and now hidden behind the shrub.
here is a double door (3) and the lintel proudly gives the year Año: 1891
There is also one of those old-fashioned tiles (blue on white) with the caption Molino Arinero
(4). Similar specimens were found in Fuendecampo
(2) Abandoned furniture - 2000
he living quarters for the molinero were situated on the higher floors:
a common configuration also seen in i.a. Centenera
This section was reached from the West of the top floor (7) where the lake (embalse
When the mill was abandoned some nice furniture (2) was left behind. Between our visits the roof and
most of the walls collapsed and nothing remains but rubble (16).
(3) Entrance to the mill
(4) Lintel of the door
(5) Supply channel
(6) The mill with the wall of the lake
he water was contained between
very thick walls of a large embalse (6). The reservoir was
rather shallow and nowhere deeper than two metres.
The canal comes from near the village (5) and is still
used to water the vegetable gardens next to the mill.
Go down into the embalse and find out how the last stretch
is bridged over by a hollow tree (8). We've seen piping of the same make on some other rare occasion as well:
(7) The lake at its nearest end
(8) Wooden piping
Compañia Anónima de Seguros
AURORA - Bilbao
B° me fecia
wo plates fitted to the wall tell that the business was insured
based in Bilbao (9, 10). This company was born in 1900 and the brand ceased to exist in 1977.
Apart from the date above the door there is another stone remembering who built the mill (11) and when.
Nowadays the building is reduced to rubble (16) and there is hardly anything
worthwhile left from the inner parts. In 2000 however, at the time of our first visit, this was a most interesting spot.
(12) Overview of the work place
assing through the entrance (3) we came into a large passageway.
A door to the right brought us into the bakery. There was an oven and several recipients relating to the profession.
A double door to the left led to the place with the milling unit. One of this doors can be seen in (15).
The top of the same door is also visible in (16) near the right border. The work place back then (12) was in
good shape though traces of leakage were apparent.
irst there was the tool to get rid of impurities between the grains (12, 15).
Exact the same make of fanning mill was found in Paternoy
This tool was driven from the same wheel as the stones. The arbol
below the stones connected with a horizontal
axle carrying a belt wheel. A ribbon then brought the movement to the corn sifter.
In (13 right) a pole is shown — see also (12). This rod reached to the upper floor
providing the luxury of some command without having to walk the stairs.
(13) guardapolvo, caballete, tolva
There was only one couple of stones. Mills of this size
often feature two (the second couple for fodder).
The set (12 in 2000) was complete with all parts in good condition (13): a guardapolvo (dust cover)
with a caballete (frame) supporting the tolva (hopper) and the grain feeding system in place.
The crane (grua with cabra) is one of the few parts still to be found in 2011 (17).
he dust cover was cylindrical with a name plate of the
supplier: Juan Guitart - Constructor - Zaragoza
. It was
one of the smaller companies. I'm in the dark about the meaning of the accompanying characters in bold
A. B. L.
There is a nice drawing of the crane on the opposite wall (18). It's in two colours
and the title (MOlino?) was never finished.
(16) Space of (15) in 2011
(17) crane in 2011
(18) Drawing of the crane on the wall to the east
Two stones were flanking the entrance (15, 19).
They are monoliths but carry the more modern harp dressing.
A stone with an older spiralic profile (20) is
burried in the floor of the bakery section.