The history of Dalsbruk derives to 1686, when it was founded by the Mint and Assessor Daniel Faxell. Even though most of the place names have some historical background, first there came no common memory of having any bells at the hill of Klockberga.
But surely there had to be something, since there was also a road called Clocksmith alley? Well, it turned out to be named by a local clocksmith Johansson who had moved to a house at that road from the other side of the pond at around 1930.
A bit more digging to the layers of history and finally a jackpot from an old map. See that little cross in the picture? There used to be a bell tower, right at the Klockberga!
“We proceeded down to the bottom level by the light of a charcoal fire on a tripod stand, resembling a dark ruin in ancient Rome. Here you saw workers who with iron poles throst open holes in the obstructed oven entrance, while others dug a furrow in the sand for the flow of iron which was awaited by an arrangement of rectangular moulds. The second ringing rang weakly and solemnly the furnace mouth opened…”
They could barely hear the sound of the bell in the foundry’s noises.
And when the apartment buildings were built 1972-1976 to help in the accommodation demand, the electrical whistles of the factory had replaced the old bell towers at Klockberga, also in people’s minds.
Now, these Klockberga apartments are still here. They’ve seen a lot of life between their walls and the teeth of time has bitten its rustic on them. The authentic 70’s hallways, staircases and lifts take you to a time travel.
The same time travel theme became persistent as the Klockberga project started. How to respect the history of the place and let it show, and, at the same time, let the accommodation be as comfortable and easy as possible?
Listening the story the house had to tell, appreciating the history of the house and its people, true or could-have-been, with all their stories, was very intriguing.
How would this apartment could have been like then? And then, time-pierced to present with modern-day comforts?
Find out yourself! You can book your stay here. Services and other extra coming up soon.
Ps. How about the logo of Klockberga?
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Map pictures and the picture of the houses in building phase and as ready from a book “Från Honolulu till Sibirien, Dalsbruk i bilder” by Dalsbruk byalag.
The text quotation from a book “Dalsbruk 1686 – 1986” by Marianne Lukala.