Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero
Torrolluala del Obico
Torrolluala del Obico
is situated near the
Puerto del Serrablo
. Take the main road between Boltaña and Lanave and leave the car
at the parking plot where the path to Torrolluala is indicated. Just follow the sand and stone track
and after a healthy walk you'll reach the branch to the abandoned village. Keep to the other
branch which will bring you down into the valley of the Barranco de San Juan
There will be a smaller track branching to the left which leads to the water.
Cross the rivulet and walk the path against the current. The watermill is nearby.
Alternatively, switch track when you come at the sign which shows the path to Morcat.
It runs next to the azud from where the mill is only a few steps away.
(1) Torrolluala del Obico (white stroke); blue stroke gives approximate location of the mill
(2) Torrolluala del Obico: the mill still in perfect condition — 1995.
The mill at the time of our visit in 1995 was still very solid. The roof
had no leaks, the wall no gaps. The front wall lost a batch of stones (3), but
some supporting sticks in the void seem to suggest that the missing stones were removed rather than
Back then I wrote It won't take
long though before the vegetation will claim possession of the construction. That's
exactly what happened — Agreed, it wasn't such a difficult forecast. The building is almost
completely hidden below the trees (4).
(3) façade in 1995
(4) façade in 2010
(6) workplace in 2010
he workplace, in 1995, wasn't very clean. The door stood open
and cows aren't the best house keepers, but the milling frame at the back was very
well preserved (5). It is a configuration which is often found with some steps leading up
to a platform which receives light from a window looking out over the drain (e.g.
Sarsa da Surta
or Las Almunias de Rodellar
Notice the dust covering (guardapolvo), the stone crane (grua with cabra), the feeding hopper (tolva)
which is rather slender compared to the aforementioned mills, the handle to set the space between
the stones (levador), it's all there! (7)
t's therefore really hard to cope with what we met in 2010: the
room is a shambles (6). The roof above the milling frame crashed. The crane followed suit. The tolva withstands the
pressure, but for how long? The fungi are hard at work. Disastrous and shameful
An eroded decommissioned stone (8) rests nearer to the entry. It's covered with quite some
glyphs: crucifixes in different sizes and shapes (see also Solanilla).
Three stones more are put aside outside: one (10 left) features a more modern ridge pattern,
none is a modern composite stone.
(8) decommissioned milling stone — ∅ = 135cm
(9) decommissioned stones at the door
(10) and another one