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June’s Bumpy Start » 06-04 b Sherrifs House Ruin

Uppsala Castle’s Sheriff’s House


There were a number of buildings around the castle during the 1500’s, but they’re long gone now. The stone outline in the grass here is the remains of a stone house which stood 1.5 stories tall where the sheriff lived and worked. He managed the king’s property, collected taxes and so on. The residence was destroyed in the fire of 1702. The ruins were demolished and forgotten for almost 300 years.

In 1976, a digger operator working here discovered a large void. He had uncovered two completely preserved cellar rooms from the sheriff’s residence which had lain hidden under 4 meters of earth. The rooms are brick-built with stalactites on the vaulted ceiling. The door to the west room had been bricked up. It may have been used as a prison cell since there is a small square opening in the ceiling where a prisioner could have been lowered down. These remaining rooms are not open to the public.

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