A fascinating history
MAccording to history books from the 16th century, the estate on which the manor stands was originally called Björsätter. At that time, these vast lands were owned by Birger Nilsson Grip, who was a descendant of Bo Jonsson Grip, one of the greatest landowners in Sweden’s history.
The estate was inherited by Birger’s son, Councillor of State Mauritz Birgersson, after whose death in 1592 it was passed on to his daughter, Ebba. She named the property “Mauritzberg” after her father.
The Manor's history since the 1500 's
Birger Nilsson Grips Björsätter in the 1500 ‘s
The Manor Mauritzberg, originally known as Birch trees, dates back to the 1500 century. It belonged, as several other farms in the parish, Birger Nilsson Grip. The farms were handed over to the son, the Councisman Mauritz Birgersson Grip, who died in 1592. During his time the castle’s northern wing was built. His daughter Ebba, married to Privy Council Svante Banér, inherited the estate and named it after his father.
Few mansions have such a stately location as Mauritzberg, which stands on a beautiful cliff at Bråviken, with views of water and blue forests. Mauritzberg’s location at Bråviken was very readily available for centuries, when the journeys went faster at sea than to land. Despite its favorable position, Mauritzberg has never been a military fortress.
The main building was built in the 1600 ‘s
Ebba Grips Dotter Elisabeth married Baron Erik Sparre, who started the castle building. The facades of the wings learn to originate from that time. Sparre sold the castle to Claude Roquette, knighted
That was Queen Kristina’s Court tailor.
The castle was burned down by the Russians in 1719, but was re-built by Count Claes Ekeblad, the grandson of Hägerstjärnas. He was married to Hedvig Mörner of Morlanda. The castle was completed in 1725 and looks essentially the same today.
The castle’s architectural adorations are attributed to Carl Hårleman (1700-1753). On the bridge railing are beautiful iron urns with the initials H E S R. It means Hedvig Eleonora Suecia Regina, Swedish queen from the 1700 ‘s who was married to Karl X Gustav. The iron urns are made on Näfveqvarnsbruk at Bråviken, about a mile from Mauritzberg.
Over the entrance to the main building is a carved stone kartusch with the Grip-gun, encountered in connection with restoration work at the mid-1800 century. The stone is a reinvented remnant of the oldest stone house decoration.
At the top, above the main door, there is a bell room and a flagrum. The clockwork is from the 1200 ‘s and the watch face has only one pointer. The glockenspiel is started with 2 heavy plummet, which are pulled up every day. One the solder runs the clockwork, the second Bell game.
The castle’s northern wing was built together with the main building of Count farmer as late as the 1910 ‘s. It is said that he did not want to smush his shoes when he went to the Hunter’s Hall to take his daily meals. The castle’s later inhabitants, guests and staff have been grateful for the practical construction of the count.
From Kulturhem to conference hotel in the 1900 ‘s
In 1912 the castle was bought by the count and writer Birger Mörner, who made Mauritzberg a cultural home. He wrote here his novel “Bråvallhus”, which is a romanticism version of the castle’s history. The semicircular staircase leading to the main building was built by District Judge Sjöberg in the 1920 ‘s.
Among the castle’s later countless owners are the Luxor industry which had the castle as a holiday home for the staff 1947-1979 as well as Zanda AB which carried out a thorough rebuilding and renovation of the castle’s two wings during the years 1983-84.
Since Ebba Grip and queen Kristina, women have had great influence over the castle’s development. In 1990 the castle was bought by Finnish Style Invest Oy, owned by the civil economist Liisa Lipsanen. She has decorated the castle as a aristokrathem, and lovingly preserved the original, historic environment. In 1994-95 the castle’s main building and wings have been restored externally with the assistance of the Swedish link office. The facades have regained the color they had during the Karoliner era of the 1600 ‘s. Slottsgården has been replanned and had a coating of limestone rocks and cobblestones. In the former mill building you have decorated a castle café.
In 1993, the castle’s old stable building was restored to a six-metre-tall, valvated gallery. Exhibitions and other cultural events, which Liisa Lipsanen has arranged in the Castle Gallery, have attracted audiences from near and far. She has saved an old Swedish cultural home and made it the living meeting point that the plant is today.
The castle owner 1500-and 1600 century
1565-1592 Riksrådet and Colonel Mauritz Birgersson Grip, descendant of the seventh part of Sweden’s greatest landowner by all times, Bo Jonsson Grip, who in the 1300 ‘s owned a third of Sweden and large parts of Finland. Mauritz was married to Countess Edla Stensdotter Lewenhaupt
1592-1666 daughter Ebba Grip, married to Privy Council Svante Gustafsson Banér. Renamed the property to Mauritzberg, and drove Bl. A. Tavern at the old ferry location about 5 km from the castle.
1666-1672 daughter Elisabeth Banér, married to Landshövdingen, Baron Erik Sparre. Started building the original main building.
1672-1682 Claude Roquette, knighted Count Hägerstjerna. Completed the main building, thanks to good incomes as Queen Christina’s Court tailor.
1682-1697 daughter Christina Hägerstjerna, married to elder Greve Johan Ekeblad.
The castle owner 1700-and 1800 century
1697-1737 the son riksråd, Landmarshal, Count Claes Ekeblad, married to Hedvig Mörner. Rebuilt the castle 1725, after the Russians burned it down to the ground 1719.
1737-1753 the son Colonel Count Christer Ekeblad
1753-1763 the son General Majoren Greve Claes Christopher Ekeblad, married to Barbro Oxenstierna af Korsholm and Vasa.
1763-1769 Chamberlain Gerard G. de Besche, owner of Näfveqvarns Bruk on the other side of Bråviken, and a variety of farms here in the area.
1769-1778 daughter Helena Christina, married to General Majoren Christian Joachim Klingspor.
1778-1814 the son, equestrian champion Gert Adolf Klingspor, married his cousin Katarina Maria de Besche.
1814-1836 Colonel Otto Didrik Wästfeldt, married to Ulrika Maria de Wahl.
1836-1847 Lieutenants, Baron Conrad Ribbing, married to Eva Aurora Reuterskiöld af Gimo and Rånäs.
1847-1848 merchant Johannes Wikström from Valdemarsvik
1848-1856 Country Secretary Gustaf Nordström
1856-1860 the Horsemaster Lars Carl Fabian af Segerström, married to Hilda Octavia Geijer.
1860-1891 County Governor Otto Johan Frithiof Holm
1900 's and today
1891-1904 Wood Retailers J.A. Samuelsson and P.J. Pettersson
1904-1912 Count Christer Bonde
1912-1918 the author, diplomats, Count Birger Mörner
1918-1921 Merchant Erik Asp
1921-1924 Chamberlain Rudolf Ahlsell
1924-1932 Jur. The candidate Helmer A:son Sjöberg
1932-1942 household teacher Sara Johanna “Hanna” Lindmark, née Nilsdotter, drove the so-called Margareta’s Kolorna around the country
1942-1947 the landowner John Eriksson and the Captain Ahlsell sold at auction three quarters of the castle’s furniture.
1947-1979 Factory Ören Axel Holstensson, Luxor Industri AB. The castle was used as a holiday home for Luxor staff
1979-1986 Zanda AB, used the castle as its own course yard
1986-1990 Real estate agent Per Iwers, train treatment house in the castle
1990-– Civil economist Liisa Lipsanen, Style Invest Oy. Have let renovate and restore the castle to the facility that offers hotels, restaurants, conferences and golf.
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