The exhibition Manor Life

The exhibition Manor Life

In noble hands

The reformation in 1536 caused a shift between the powers in


The church lost most of its property and did not play an

independent political role any longer. Now the time of the

nobility began. From the reformation and till the introduction

of the absolute monarchy in 1661 it was prohibited to transfer

land owned by the nobility to any other social class.

Soenderskov Manor, which belonged to the Chapter of Ribe

during the second half of the 15 th century, came into

ownership of a number of noble families till 1720, when the

first civil squire took over.

In the middle of the 16 th century the locality Estrup (between

Vejen and Broerup) is mentioned in the earliest historical

sources as Estrup Manor. At that time Estrup was dower house

for the noble widow Lene Rosenkrantz.

At Estrup the period with exclusively noble owners came to the

end in 1695, when the first civil squire appeared on the


During the period 1614-1647 Estrup and Soenderskov

belonged to the same squire, as both manors were in the

ownership of Thomas Juel.

The timetable presents a general view of the noble owners

from the reformation and forward.

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