Mills in Alto Aragón
harinero, central eléctrica
is situated near Ordesa National Park.
Find Fiscal on the main road between L'Ainsa and Broto – Torla.
Cross the river towards the village centre. You'll find the mill
next to the village side of the bridge. The open air museum for the
batán of Lacort
The mill takes water from the Río Ara.
When we first visited the mill locks and bars kept people out
but rain and wind had free reign through the broken windows. Since then maintenance
and improvements have been carried out and the mill is now open as a tourist information
center during the summer months.
Pictures: 26.XII.2001, 22.VIII.2006
Mill in August 2006
(2) The basement in 2001
The turbine and power generator are
found in the basement. A blind arch at the base of the front wall below the window in
the middle shows where the channel enters the mill.
In 2001 we couldn't enter the mill,
but there was an opening big enough for our lens and we were able
to take an overview of the old generator room (2). A lot has changed since then but the
corner with the engines was left undisturbed - except for some wiring.
he generator is now turned out of the way
(bottom left of pict. 3).
It was not possible to decipher any of the tags, but
given the size its wattage must have been limited (see also Centenera
A household had only two (three at the most) lightbulbs. One was located in the kitchen
annex animal-shed and the other in the drawingroom annex dormitories. The light
of the first bulb was dimmed when the other lamp was switched on! (Read also Baselga Abril
The turbine is hidden in the wall at the right (3).
The name of (one of) the most important companies in the history of Aragón's mills
Averly S.A. Zaragoza is embossed in the front plate. Averly was founded
in 1855 by a French civil engineer from Lyon and is still in business (website www.averly.es, in Spanish; latest check 29.iii.2021).
(5) Averly S.A. Zaragoza
Find a picture of the mill of Fiscal dated 1912 in:
Franceses en Sobrarbe - un turismo diferente
Centro de Estudios de Sobrarbe - 2006
Dep. legal Z-2755-06
This brochure accompanies an exhibition
of the pictures of Jean Bepmale, a French politician. About 13 000 pictures
which he made in the 1910s were recently discovered; more than 700 were made
in Huesca province.