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The Mayor announces the incorporation of the hydro complex of the Molino del Escarambrujo to the municipal patrimony, thanks to the generous free transfer of its owners (17/05/2018)

It is one of the most significant examples of infrastructure for the use of water resources, whose origins date back to the 13th century.

The aim of the City Council is to proceed with the restoration work as soon as possible.

The Mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, reported that the City Council has accepted the donation of the Mill of Escarambrujo, made by the owners of the property in favor of the City, a measure that has already been approved by the Government Board Local at your most recent meeting.

Fulgencio Gil thanked the owners of this property the generous gesture they have had with the Lorca, delivering full ownership of the farm to the city in full control, free of charges, levies and leases, so, once completed the corresponding legal and administrative procedures will proceed to register in the corresponding registry of the property.

The Mayor has explained that it is an enclave widely known by Lorca, which has 3 houses and is located in the district of Rio.

It has 20,005 square meters.

According to the calculations of the technicians, the farm segregated and donated to the City Council is valued at 441,932.35 euros.

In its interior is the popular hydraulic complex of the Escarambrujo mill, including hydraulic engineering elements used to facilitate the intake of water from the ditch known as Alcalá.

We are talking about a property that has been recognized as an Asset of Cultural Interest with the category of ethnographic place of interest, and for whose recovery an investment of around 500,000 euros has been requested included in the Master Plan for the Recovery of the Heritage damaged by the Earthquakes

Fulgencio Gil has anticipated that the objective of the City Council, once supervised the state of the constructive structures located in this area, is to proceed as soon as possible to begin restoration and rehabilitation work so that this property can be placed and valued and enjoyed by all Lorca, since it is one of the most outstanding examples of traditional hydraulic engineering.

The elements that it possesses to the effect facilitate the taking of water through the acequia Alcalá, known today like of Sutullena, of Arab origin and dated of century XIII, contemplating fundamental pieces for the correct understanding of its activity, its history and the historical interpretation of the natural environment where it is located.

The Escarambrujo complex is located in the Diputación de Río, in the vicinity of the Sierra de Cambrón.

According to the documentation that is available, it was already built and in operation in 1786.

It gathers values ​​of outstanding singularity, integrity and authenticity, since the water culture in our region is intimately linked to its way of life and is its characteristic element, where mills, batanes and other goods propitiated the arrival of water to the city for the food and agricultural exploitation of their lands and assets.

Among the real estate that make up the place of ethnographic interest are, first of all, the cortijo and the mill of Escarambrujo.

It includes different goods, both movable and immovable, among which its hydraulic devices stand out.

The first of the facilities is the Molino de Cubo, the first to be built in 1786 and where, from the large rafts, the water reached the system of cubes that ensured the milling.

The next one is the Mill of Aceña, so called because the element that turns the whole milling system is a vertical wheel.

Finally, it includes the building of the fulcrum, built in the first third of the nineteenth century and which was transformed into housing.

The Cortijo del Escarambrujo is located in the Diputación del Río, in the vicinity of the Sierra del Cambrón, in the area of ​​Escarambrujo.

The south-west side of the basin is flanked by the Sierra de Peñarrubia.

In 1785, Don Antonio Robles Vives arrived in the city of Lorca as Superintendent of the Royal Swamp Company.

In the documentation that is in the Municipal File of Lorca it is described that the mill was already built in 1786.

It is worth mentioning that other elements related to the use of water resources in a traditional way that have earned the recognition as BIC found in our municipality are the real acequia de Alcalá, the aqueduct of the seventeen arches (one of the most impressive, with a length of 124 meters and which is preserved intact), the Rambla del Cambrón aqueduct, the Rambla de la Quintilla aqueduct, the aqueduct Km. 4, and the Escarambrujo aqueduct.

The Mayor has reported that currently is still investing in our city to advance in the restoration and recovery of the monumental and cultural heritage elements that suffered so much damage due to the earthquakes of 2011. In fact, the façade of the Palacio de Guevara is being restored , and work continues to highlight the high churches of Santa María and San Pedro, as well as several manors in the historic center and the Patronal Sanctuary of the Virgen de las Huertas.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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