The fullery of Servia

In the southern building of Mosquetín, in one of the rooms that previously held an albeiro mill, there now sits a wooden scale model of a fulling mill.

Its story could not be more interesting. It was made by José Ramón Ces Ces, owner of two fulleries working up until 1960 in the village of Servia (Vilacoba), in the municipality of Lousame.

By the 1970s the fulling mills were disassembled and for years the pieces were stored in the owner’s home. The implements, which took up a lot of space, ended up being burned. However, prior to this José Ramón decided to make a miniature model in oak of a fulling mill at a scale of 4%. Not only that, but so that knowledge of this art was preserved, he recorded all the pieces with their names and measurements, accompanied by numerous drawings, in a notebook.

Maqueta do batán de Servia.

The mill operator died in 1985, but the family kept both the model and his notes. A few years later, thanks to the efforts of Xosé María Lema and Paco Doval, the family donated the model to the Provincial Council of A Coruña. The goal was for it to be exhibited in Mosquetín so that it could be seen by everyone.

However, various bureaucratic problems caused it to be kept for years in storage in Forno do Forte (Buño, Malpica). Finally in February 2017 the mini-fulling mill, or “batanciño,” weighing 130 kg, was reassembled by the carpenter Xesús Santos and placed in O Mosquetín. The family of José Ramón Ces attended the act of presenting the model 18 years after its donation.

Cartaz da presentación da maqueta do batán de Servia.