Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hørby church / Hørby kirke, Hindsted herred, Aalborg amt.

Hørby Church, 5 km northwest of Hobro
Hørby sogn, Hindsted herred, Aalborg amt.

Hørby has a Romanesque choir and nave, a late Gothic tower to the west and a porch to the south. The Romanesque building is in granite ashlars. Both original doors are preserved, the south door is still in use , while the north door is walled in with profiled kragsten. Original windows on the north and east side of the choir, round-arched with monolite cover stones. Inside the round choir arch is with profiled kragbånd and the choir and nave have beamed ceilings. The bottom section of the tower is in granite ashlars, and the round ashlar built tower-arch with kragbånd might suggest that this is a Romanesque extension. In the tower's western corner is a male head in relief. The tower's cross-vault and top are from the late Gothic period in boulder and monk bricks, heavily re-walled and with iron anchors. The simple porch is from the 1800s.

The Romanesque granite font with double lions and one tongue

The communion table is walled in ashlars and the altarpiece is a triptychon/three-wing painting. A partly destroyed but fine late Gothic choir crucifix, similar to the type in Valsgård (this was at the loft in 1961 acc. to TRap Danmark), but it must be the one which has now been placed upon the wall of the nave. (See photo). Romanesque granite font with double lions with shared long tongue. South German baptismal bowl. The pulpit is a joinery from ab. 1625 with a contemporary sounding board. Church bell cast in 1505. According to Pont. Atlas was in the south side of the church yard the rests of a church barn in granite boulders.

A male head in relief at the wall of the tower

From old late Gothic crucifix & a walled-in window

Names in the Middle Ages:
Hørby (1452 Hørby); Tobberup (1512 tobdrop); Kirketerp (1480 Kyrkiterp).

West of Kirketerp was once a church, the church site was still seen in 1855. Some ashlar material was used as building material, three window cover stones are placed in the garden at Kirketerpgård.

In Kirketerp lived Vogn Mortensen Vognsen of Stenshede and Peder Vognsen in 1499-1512.

In Hørby is mentioned Christiern Jensen Hørby in 1430 and his son's son Jes Bertelsen Hørby in 1480. In 1519 Christen Krag was mentioned of Hørbygård.

In Kagehodal was a sacred spring.

Listed prehistorics: 28 hills and one longhill, large are Mølhøj and Solhøj at Tobberup.
Demolished or destroyed: Northwest of Hørby was a round dolmen with a passage grave and 20 hills.

Source:Trap Danmark, Aalborg amt , 1961

photo Hørby kirke 9 April 2009: grethe bachmann

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