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A glimpse into the history of Risebru

The farm Risebru is known in written sources from 1594.

To pass the river it was only a ford made of bundles of twig (“ris” in norwegian) from young shoots of birch, hence the name. Later a wooden bridge was built, and then in 1827 a stone bridge was bulit as of today has been restored and protected.

Risebru was a traffic hub.

The ancient road, the

“Trondhjemske” main road

(The King road)  and the

pilgrimageroute has passed

Risebru on their way to Trondheim.

There have been pub´s, guest house, 

coaching inn, mill, distillery, smithy, 

dairy and general store in Risebru.

From 1826 to 1839 Risebru West was

a Bailiff farm on the upper Romerike.

Chamber advice and bailiff Christopher

Malthe lived here with his wife of french nobility. She ran the garden plant and a weaving mill on the farm. There exist several traces of her garden today.

Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet, got

rejected at three courtship to marriage to

the beautiful daughter Hulda. He wrote about

his unhappy love for her in several of his

poems where she is referred to as Stella.

The farm was a children`s

home from 1858 to 1877.

The Toftes Fund was an

upbringing institution for

neglected children. A

census in 1865 showed

that 59 children from the

age of 11 to 20 years old

and 5 teachers lived and worked here.

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