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Ystad and the Manor » 09-28 d Manor Ruin

Bjersjöholm Old Manor

(Translated From Sign On Site)

Archaeological searches undertaken from 1986 northwest of the church in Bjäresjö discovered the remains of an estate whose oldest parts date back to the 700’s. Some 100 years later, the main building and the church were both erected in the same rough stone, thus forming a clear, coherent architectural unit located high above the village farms.

In the middle of the 1300’s the estate was moved from the village to the current location of the Renaissance style manor. Times were troubled and the fortified location on an islet was better than its old position in the middle of the village. The name change from Bjerghusa Estate to Bjerghusaholm happened in 1350.

In the early 1400’s, the estate came to the possession of the Rotfelt family. In 1558, the male side of the family came to an end and the assets shifted to four sisters. Cistence, married to Björn Kaas who was councilor and sherrif in Malmö Castle, took care of the estate and began building the manor complex in 1576.

From the beginning the manor was four-sided located on the shore of a lake. When the lake dried out, the walls began to subside and crack, thus began its decline into disrepair.

In the beginning of the 1600’s came the estate into foreign hands. The new owner did not live at the manor and thus it continued to decay.

A unique document from 1680 shows the former owner, Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, had measurements taken and plans drawn to construct a larger building. (Section of the sign water-damaged and illegible).

In 1790, a new pair of owners, Joacim Cock and Charlotta Ulrika von Essen, allowed the demolition of the northern wing. When the new manor was built on the height with views over the sea, the old manor was given a new role with space for a smithy, mill, dairy, and housing for the servants. In time the castle was claimed by the crown by sold to a capitally strong owner.

In 1847 the estate was bought by Judge Tage Sylvan who had substantial assets to allow the building of the new manor in 1850. Architect Merdahl came from Denmark and he drew the new castle with inspiration from Italy. He hired Boysen as building foreman and then later became city architect in Ystad, where he came to have a big impact when he built, for example, the theater and the new City Hall. The new manor is a private home.

After periods of decay and renovations, the manor came into possession of the Ahlstrom family in 1966. The family tried to get the city officials interested in helping with maintenance. After the newspaper ran an ad, ‘Castle for Sale for 1 Kr’, National Antiquities took notice and performed an exterior renovation between 1985 and 1986.

Since 1986, the castle has been a protected building.

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