Preserving the memory of the last miller of Posara

AA shutterThe last miller of Posara was Alderico Alderici, from whom we bought the Watermill in 1989. A charming, friendly man who was so strong in is youth that he thought nothing of lifting sacks of grain weighing a quintale (100 kgs, or some 220 lbs) on to his lorry.

When we were restoring the 17th Century past of this mill this year, we found his initials AA incised in the shutters on one of the windows, together with a P, which presumably stands for Posara.

We thought we would like to preserve Alderico’s memory, so our talented factotum Karsten Müller has beautifully restored the shutters, which now grace the windows of the bathroom in our new Ghirlandaio bedroom.

And we also restored two unusual features of this level of the old mill: small wooden plugs set in the floor, each now overlaid with strengthened glass. These plugs cover tubes which lead down to the hoppers above the ancient millstones on the floor below, through which grain was poured to be ground into flour. There is one in the atrium leading to the two new bedrooms and one in the shower room of the Uccello bedroom.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

The wooden plug on the ‘grain feeder’, before being covered in strenghened glass

Come and see all this and learn more about the intriguing centuries-old history of the Watermill when you enjoy one of our sun-filled, fun-filled creative courses. We’d be delighted to welcome you here.

Here are two pictures of the 17th Century watermill restoration, taken by our gardener Flavio Terenzoni, who is also helping to make the 21st Century Watermill lovely than ever.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

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  1. Margo Ward says

    Lovely to see the watermill being restored. Industrial architecture in all countries should be restored as it is part of history that would otherwise be forgotten.

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