The exhibition Manor Life

The exhibition Manor Life


Estrup as well as Soenderskov are surrounded by rich hunting opportunities. Through

the ages both manors employed gamekeeper, who provided the kitchen with game,

and several of the squires were themselves eager hunters. In the middle Ages and

the Renaissance, when the squires were a class of regular warriors, they engaged in

hunting to keep in good form and maintain their weapon and riding skills. Hunting

was also a popular sport, however, after the squires did not any longer have any

personal military obligations.

The squire possessed the rights of hunting on his own land, of course, but in addition

he also claimed the exclusive right of hunting on the land of tenant farms. That was

one of the squire’s so-called rights of splendours, which they were reluctant to part

with. When the proprietor of Estrup, Henrik Lautrup, began the sale of tenant farms

in the seventeen nineties, he insisted on retailing his rights of hunting. Not until he

was informed by the authorities, that the sale of the farms applied to everything, if

he wished to uphold his tax exemption rights, did he feel obliged to part with this


Henrik Lautrup

Squire of Estrup 1771-1802; he did not wish to part with the hunting rights, when

he sold the tenant farms to freeholders.

Henrik Lautrup’s dress is a reconstruction of the dress in the original portrait, which

is exhibited in the “Red Lounge”. The dress is sown by Hanne Dyhr.

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