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Cellina River Stories between Ravedis and Partidor

4 - Mill

This place witnessed many wobbly carts going to the mill and trucks to the gravel. The former suffered from the lack of water, the latter from lack of business income.





The mill ruins are surrounded by vegetation and can be seen looking up towards the steep slope. They prove that the ancient Montereale canal did exist, that it paralleled the Cellina river bed downstream, starting from a protected loop near the Ravedis gorge, and that it has been a driving force for the other plants built close to it. The mill in Grizzo had a millstone for wheat and a pila (a mill with double mortar) to husk barley and was the last one to be closed. Today, we can see segments of the canal down the bank, while most of it has been covered. A trace of it, an underpass, is visible near the information pillar (about 250 meters north-west) at the far west upstream side of the revetment. Public officer Giovanni Nascimbeni inserted the mill on a map in 1768, stating: “started to built by the count of Montereale.” During the 1800s, it was bought by counts Cigolotti and later by timber merchant Antonio Faelli who, during the last decade of the century, built a sawmill next to it. In the early 1900s, the significant project of the construction of the Malnisio Hydroelectric Power Plant caused the Montereale canal to be abandoned and the end of the milling activities.
C. Aviani, Era un mulino, percorso tra farina e mulini nell'Ecomuseo delle Dolomiti Friulan, [presentazione] di Bernardon Michele, Barcis (PN), Ecomuseo Lis Aganis, 2008.
L. Zin, Il Cellina, 2, Pordenone, Consorzio di Bonifica "Cellina-Meduna", 1997.



The abundance of gravel on the Cellina river shore determined the establishment of small washing and screening sites, as we can see here, in the floodplain area. The site was set up after the 50s and was abandoned long ago, but part of the processing plants are still in place. Besides their progressive decay, they still suggest what the production cycle was.



Looking upstream and downstream, we can see two different revetments, dating back to the first half of the 1900s. Their main purpose was to drive off the strong flow from the river bank and, as the previous ones, to protect buildings and works downstream. Basically, the construction of the Ravedis dam has changed the Cellina river water flow, thus making these revetments useless. In some specific points of the wall (usually in protected ones), typical tiles with the fascist emblem were inserted. Due to the iconoclastic post-war rage, they were all destroyed, but their spots are still visible.