The exhibition Manor Life

The exhibition Manor Life


For centuries the squires of the manors Soenderskov and Estrup had their

grain milled at their own mills. According to first Danish land register of 1662,

Hulkjaer Mill belonged to Estrup Manor. Likewise Holsted Mill, which Thomas

Juel bought from Joergen Krag of Endrupholm Manor in 1611.

At the same time Soenderskov Manor used Frisbaek Mill, which later had its

name changed to Soenderskov Mill. The copyhold of the mill was given to a

man by the name of Hans Nielsen, who was also a blacksmith and who lived

south of the mill at a place called the Sheephouse.

The squire had the right to decide the mill his tenant farmers had to use for

milling their grains. In 1700 the squire af Soenderskov Manor, Joergen Skeel

Due, proclaimed “that none of his tenant farmers were allowed to use any

other mill than Soenderskov Mill, otherwise they might be punished according

to the law”.

The earliest written record of Frisbaek Mill is from 1662, but presumably its

history goes back much further. During the restoration 1986-91 the displayed

fragment of a millstone was found in the basement of the centre building. The

millstone was reused as a step in a staircase and may well originate from the

very first mill.

The baking oven of the old Soenderskov, where the flour from the manor’s mill

was baked into bread, was found and made accessible during the restoration.

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