This castle may not be Swedens most beautiful one, but it has one of the most adventurous history in Sweden. During the Scanian wars between Denmark and Sweden during the 17th century the castle was attacked, burnt but also sometimes defended with brilliance.
Today the castle belongs to the city of Hässleholm but from around 1680 till 1981, the Ehrenborg family owned the house and it’s sorroundings.
The first Ehrenborg was from Denmark and he was ennobled in Sweden 1687 and changed his name from Jens Mikkelsen to Jöns Ehrenborg. He let Swedish groups use his property during the Scanian wars and he was the owner of Hovdala when it fell in a battle 1678. He survived only because he hid in the defence tower for a day and a half before he sneaked out on a boat on the lake Finjasjon. During this age the castle had a mound around itself.
A more successful battle was 1612when Sivert Grubbe wasthe Danish Lord of the castle and Swedish groups attacked trying to defeat and burn the Manor. Grubbes men did a great job, they stood strong against two attacks from the Swedes who gave up and left.
Sivert Grubbe wrote in his dairy that years after when he travelled in Sweden he heard people talk about the attack and said it must have been the devil himself defending the castle. No matter how many times the Swedish soldiers hit the Scanian’s, they never fell! The bullets did not seem to do any harm.
And this was almost true.
Hovdala was understaffed so when Grubbe heard that the Swedish soldiers were on their way to attack them he and his crew took uniforms and stuffed them full with hay so they looked like soldiers and they put weapons in their “hands” and placed them carefully to fool the attackers that the castle was not understaffed.
And it worked. The Swedish soldiers were fooled by puppets!
Variety of noble familys linked to the manor:
Grubbe (in Danish)
I only have a old videoclip from an old cellphone o show here, but it gives you an idea of the Mansion.
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