Thursday, March 15, 2012

Adslev church / Adslev kirke, Hjelmslev herred, Skanderborg amt.

Adslev church lies freely upon a hillside south of the parish village - it has a Romanesque choir and nave,a porch to the south from the late 1800s, and a western tower from 1925. Choir and nave are built in granite ashlars upon a bevel plinth. From original details are preserved the straight-edged south door of the nave and a north window of the choir, which is extended in the glade; in the nave are rests of two Romanesque windows, one to the north and one to the south. In the late Middle Ages a cross vault was built with halfstone-ribs in the choir and three bays octagonal cross vault in the nave. At the same time the choir arch was changed into a pointed arch. The church has now neo- Romanesque windows. In the choir are inserted modern glass paintings by Fanny and Poul Sæbye. The tower is from 1925, in bricks above granite ashlars.It was built from funds, willed by frk. Mine Houman of Kollen. In the bottom of the tower is furnished a burial chapel with a port to the west. An earlier tower should have fallen ab. 1800.

in Jexendalen (valley)

Jexen, farm
Upon the choir vault are rests of a plant decoration and the year 1408. The altarpiece from 1916 with a grandfield-painting by Rudolf Rud-Petersen and a frame, designed by V.J.Mørk-Hansen, which include three figures from a late Gothic altarpiece. A Renaissance altarpiece from ab. 1600 with a Last Supper painting upon canvas from ab. 1860, a free copy from Leonardo da Vinci, is in Den gamle By in Århus, where the original crucifixion painting has been uncovered. The altar chalice and dish from 1691, according to inscription given by the priest Christopher Davitzen Walter and wife. Altar candelabres 1622, one given for "our son Povel Madsens burial in the church" the other for "our son Niels Grøn's burial in the church". A large Romanesque baptismal font, which has unusual strongly projecting male heads. A baptismal pewter dish is in Den gamle By in Århus. Pulpit and a closed pews in neo-Renaissance from the 1800s. The organ stands in a deep niche in the western wall of the nave, which probably is the bricked-up arcade from the earlier tower. A large bell,cast by De Smithske 1955; a lesser bell with inscription "Copenhagen Anno 1766". In 1934 was found and repaired a burial crypt under the choir from the 1600s with rests of at least 13 burials. The church yard portal is from 1943.  A grave tile from ab. 1600 with inscription "Iuer m" is in Den gamle By in Århus.

The monks at Kalvø (later at Øm kloster) had in ab. 1170 by fru Margrethe robbed 4 mark gold of land in Kollens.

There are no listed prehistorics in the parish, but there were 12 hills, of which 7 were south of Jexen.

Names from the Middle Ages: Adslev (1409 Aisleff, 1544 Atzløff); Jeksen (1347 Exingheten ,1409 Exenn, 1573 Jexen); Kollens Møllegård (ab. 1170 Culsne, 1581 Kollendts Mølle).

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