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Bogstad Manor is a listed and protected cultural monument and one of the few country estates in Norway. It holds a central position in Norwegian history, both as an industrial estate and as a centre during important periods of our political history.
The history of the estate dates back to 1649, but the site was cleared and cultivated in prehistoric times. While Norway was still Catholic the land was rented out to tenant farmers. After the reformatin in 1536 it was confiscated by the Crown. In 1649 the Danish-Norwegian king Fredrik III sold Bogstad and number of other farms to Morten Lauritzen. These forest holdings provided raw material for sawmills and the timber trade, both rapidly expanding enterprised in the 17th century.
October 28th, 2012
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