Monday, December 07, 2009

Hoed church / Hoed kirke, Djurs Sønder herred, Randers amt.

Hoed Church, 15 km southwest of Grenå
Hoed sogn, Djurs Sønder herred, Randers amt.

The little white-washed church is surrounded by tall granite boulder dikes. Only the nave is left from the first Romanesque church in raw granite and carved ashlars. The choir was demolished in the late Middle Ages and the nave extended, while a vault was built in at the same time. The porch was added later together with the tower with an open west part, which is characteristic for the churches in the Grenå-area. All extensions are in monk bricks.

The carved altar piece is from 1600 with later additions. The communion table panel is from 1600 and has ornaments in four archade fields. The altar rails with carved balusters has the coat of arms of the families Krag and Høg and the year 1707. The Romanesque granite font has a smooth basin and is placed upon an upturned cubic capital with a carved male head (made by stone mason Horder). The baptismal basin is south German from ab. 1575. The simple pulpit is Renaissance from the 1600s.

In the porch is a walled-in gravestone of herredsfoged (district official)Niels Sørensen, + 1655, who is known from Steen Steensen Blicher's novel "Præsten i Vejlby" (The Vicar in Vejlby) ; he gave Christian IV's bible to the church as a memorial about the unjust tribunal.

Glatved strand

Names in the Middle Ages:
Hoed (* 1183 Hagethuet, 1469 Hodet); Østerballe (1469 Øst Baligh, 1480 Østerballigh); Glatved (* 1257 Glappethwæt, 1441 Glapthwet).

Hoed is mentioned in the will of bishop Svend of Århus from 1183 as one of the towns to which he left the estates of Øm Monastery. Abbot Asgod of Øm gave 1257 a farm in Hoed - which Oluf Quiter had bought earlier - and a farm in Glatved to a fund feeding the monks in Øm.

At Østerballe were found the rests of an old tile kiln.

Listed prehistorics: At Østerballe is a pretty round dolmen with a chamber of 5 supporting stones and one coverstone; at Hoed a hill with a stone chamber; furthermore 16 hills of which 6 form a group at Glatved kalkbrud, a large hill is situated at Hoedgård.
Demolished or destroyed: 4 round dolmens, 3 long dolmens, a passage grave and 37 hills, especially situated north in the parish near the coast. At Glatved kalkbrud 5 hills were examined, they contained graves from Bronze Age; one had a cover stone with petroglyphs, 4 wheel crosses, 3 angles and 20 skålgruber (hollows).

Source: Trap Danmark, Randers amt, 1963

photo Hoed kirke/Glatved strand 2003/2008: grethe bachmann

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