El Pozo de los Frailes

El Pozo de los Frailes

The village of El Pozo de los Frailes, “The Well of the Monks”, gets its name from the fact that the well here, and noria (waterwheel), provided water for the monks at Ermita de los Frailes.

La Noria

The Noria system for obtaining water uses technology going back 1,000 years. It is a system of wheels and cogs for drawing up the water, turned by a mule attached to a pole. The noria here dates back to the 14th century and the time of the Moors, but there was not a settled community here until the 18th Century. Only 3km from the sea, and San Jose, the area suffered from pirate raids until a defensive system of forts guaranteed the security of the inhabitants.

The channel taking water away from the well

The Noria was functioning until 1983 when it was abandoned and fell into decay. It has since been restored by the Department of the Environment.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to El Pozo de los Frailes

  1. Angela says:

    Good old Pozo! We stayed there once in Pepe’s mother’s house.

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