Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero, central eléctrica
nowadays is easily reached from the
main road between Castejón de Sos and Pont de Suert. Coming from Castejón You'll
first have to negotiate the Collado de Fades (almost 1500 m) and then look out for the branch
towards Abella and Espés. Do not enter the village of Espés bajo, but instead
take the road down into the valley. At some point the GR crosses the road. Follow this markings to
the west and You will soon arrive at the mill. In the likely case that You miss the GR drive the narrow
road down to the river crossing. You can now walk along the river against the current and will
soon find the mill. The mill taps water from the Barranco de Espés.
(10) Mill seen from the river - front
e discern three parts in the construction. Leftmost is the
powerstation which protrudes towards the river. This division is lower than the flourmill
in the middle. The rightmost section with the corrugated roof actually is used as a (cattle?) shed.
You first enter the shed through the steps in the middle before You'll
find the entrance to the wheat mill (11). It is a solid door flanked with
parts of milling stones. Scan the walls of the shed and You'll find more recycled stones.
(11) Entrance of the mill
(12) recycling milling stones
(13) interior of the harinero
he door is locked but there is an opening at the top. This
together with the windows makes it possible to get a good view on what's left of former times.
There is one milling unit in very good condition. All the essentials are still present:
a tolva, the guardapolvo; grua with cabra and a farinal (13-15; see The workplace of a flourmill
The whole construction rests on a hurst frame (13) in
order to make place for the cog-wheels driven by a turbine (16). But that was perhaps not
the only way to run the mill.
There is an opening in the wall (18) through which a pinion and
a belt-wheel can be seen. At the outside more parts of machinery lie scattered between
beams and tiles (17). I think this was an engine room and the mill in its last years
was probably powered by gasoil instead of water.