Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lerbjerg church / Lerbjerg kirke, Galten herred, Randers amt.

Lerbjerg church, ab. 9 km south of Randers
Lerbjerg sogn, Galten herred, Randers amt.

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The small church has a Romanesque choir and nave and a porch at the south side. The choir and nave are in granite ashlars, a Romanesque window is preserved in the gable, the other windows all small and romanized, seemingly they origin from a restoration in 1896. Both doors of the nave are preserved, the bricked-up north door was in 1896 placed on its original place and decorated with rope-windings. The south door, which edge profiles also have rope-windings, has on the frame stones relief images and in the thympanum field a double animal with wings and a human head. Inside are flat plaster lofts, the choir arch is preserved with profiled kragsten in various shapes and not placed in the same level.

Upon a walled communion table in granite is places a frontside panel from 1957. Altar piece in late Renaissance from ab. 1630, similar to the altar piece in Vissing ; it is built with pillars, side wings and top field, in the main field a new painting. Altar candelabres from the first half of the 1600s. The altar rails with balustres has a carved year 1743 and the giver-name Arnoldus von Wolden. A Romanesque granite font with a smooth basin and a foot piece as an upturneddice capital. Pulpit with sounding board in rural Renaissance from the beginning of the 1600s. The very well-kept pews have carved years 1640 and 1654. Two very worn-out gravestones from the late 1600s in the porch and in the choir.

Names in the Middle Ages: Lerbjerg (*1423 Lierberg, 1478 Leerbergh).

There is only one prehistoric in the parish, the destroyed Lerbækshøj. - At Lerbjerg was a burial place from early Iron Age.

Source: Trap Danmark, Randers amt, 1963.

photo Lerbjerg kirke 2008: grethe bachmann

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