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|Watermills in Altoaragón - harinero
|Samper is on the road from
L'Ainsa to Campo.
The mill is on the Río Lanata north of the village. Look for the circle
on map 212 of the Spanish Instituto Geográfico y Catastral
(2a ed. 1952).
The mill is easier to reach from La Cabezonada, signposted on the
same road. Walk down from the village until you reach the cleft.
Find the old path leading down to the river.
All pictures: 23.XII.1998
|The mill is muy ruinoso.
The roof collapsed and so did the cárcavo. We
could however distinguish remains of the cabra and the guardapolvo
with two arboles (axles). Nothing unusual.
The waterworks, to the contrary, are outstanding. The canal (blue line) is extremely long and first rounds the hill before it taps the Río Lanata. Several stones, serving as primitive valves, show that the canal took part in the local irrigation network.
|Molino of Samper with Sierra Ferrera.
|Guardapolvo with 2 axles
|Wooden pipe brings water to the pond
|The last stretch of the canal is a hollow tree-trunk.
We found other pieces of piping capturing the water
from the hill.
The wall of the pond (balsa) is as high as the mill house and about half a meter thick. The construction had to be very strong because of the enormous volume of the lake behind.
|Wall of balsa towering above workplace
|The miller nor his
mill would survive this wall collapsing under the waters. The
builder of the barrage knew his job; he
was a professional. The wall (left on the picture) has been
build as an arch against the pressure.
(another fine arch-dam in Lecina)
|balsa with impressive measurements
|Detail of the pond and the place where both walls come together and form the saetín. The person gives an idea of the depth of the reservoir.
|inside the balsa
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