Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sejlflod church / Sejlflod kirke, Fleskum herred, Aalborg amt.

Sejlflod church, 10 km southeast of Aalborg
Sejlflod sogn, Fleskum herred, Aalborg amt.

The church in Sejlflod is situated upon a bank towards an eastern lower land section. It has a Romanesque choir and nave with a small western tower and northern porch from the reformation-period. The Romanesque building is in granite ashlars. The retkantede (straight edged) north door is in use, but partly re-walled, while there are little traces of the south door. From original windows are only one preserved in the west side of the choir, opened; and a walled-in window in the eastern wall of the choir - and a window in the wall of the nave. Inside the church has beamed ceilings, while a cross-vault was built in the choir during the Gothic period; at the same time the choir arch was changed into a pointed arch. The small western tower, built in granite ashlars and monk bricks, had originally a tall point-arched opening to the west, and the bottom room had no connection to the nave. Its upper sections are much re-walled. The porch is probably from the same time as the tower and in the same materials, but without original details.

A view to Sejlflod village

The Romanesque communion table is in granite ashlars with an empty relique. The altar piece is late Gothic. At the altar is Chr. IV's bible from 1632 with a band from 1646. There's a small niche in the choir with a lattice grate. Romanesque granite font with two double lions. The pulpit is a simple joinery from ab. 1625-40 with a contemporary sounding board. A very simple gallery. Pews from 1934. Church bell from 1744, cast by Kaspar König. The church was restored in 1934-35.

church dike: Mullein

Names in the Middle Ages:
Sejlflod (* 1215 Segelfia, * 1345 Sæghælfloo, 1406 Siælflo).

Listed prehistorics: A large, somewhat digged-in Tofthøj west of Sejlflod town.
Demolished: One hill. At Sejlflod was found a decorated amber jewelry from early Stone Age, and at Kiddalsgård several graves and settlement-layers from early Roman Iron Age.

Source: Trap Danmark, Aalborg amt, 1961

photo Sejlflod kirke 2008: grethe bachmann

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