The building of the manor house was begun in the 1770s by the iron master Wilhelm Hising. During the decades when the planning and building were in progress the outcome had been influenced by many styles and movements in art and architecture.
Hising´s son was also christened Wilhelm but was raised to the nobility and given the name Hisinger. He finished, decorated and furnished the Manor House and had a landscape garden laid out. He was a distinguished geologist and a scientist and had a laboratory built for himself. Until the turn of the century in 1900 the iron making was the principal industry at Skinnskatteberg. The Manor then belonged to the ironworks.
The Industrial area with its forges and workers´ dwellings were located behind the manor house and its adjacent buildings. Here streamed the water from the lakes Övre and Nedre Vättern and furnished the ironworks with water power.
During the 20th century Skinnskatteberg turned into a centre for the forest industry and in 1944 the Forest Warden School was located at the manor.
Today self-guided tour are always accessible. Workers dwellings are on the other side of the rapid.References:
Ängsö Castle was first named as "Engsev" in a royal charter by king Canute I of Sweden (r. 1167-1196), in which he stated that he had inherited the property after his father Eric IX of Sweden. Until 1272, it was owned by the Riseberga Abbey, and then taken over by Gregers Birgersson.
From 1475 until 1710, it was owned by the Sparre family. The current castle was built as a fortress by riksråd Bengt Fadersson Sparre in the 1480s. In 1522, Ängsö Castle was taken after a siege by king Gustav Vasa, since its owner, Fadersson's son Knut Bengtsson, sided with Christian II of Denmark. However, in 1538 it was given by the king to Bengtsson's daughter Hillevi Knutsdotter, who was married to Arvid Trolle.
In 1710, the castle was taken over by Carl Piper and Christina Piper. Ängsö Castle was owned by the Piper family from 1710 until 1971, and is now owned by the Westmanna foundation. The castle building itself was made into a museum in 1959 and was made a listed building in 1965. It is currently opened to visitors during the summers.
The castle is a cubical building in four stores made by stone and bricks. The lower parts is preserved from the middle ages. It was redecorated and expanded in the 1630s. The 4th storey as well as the roof is from the expansion of Carl Hårleman from 1740-41. It gained its current appearance in the 1740s.