Adelsnäs Manor

Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Adelsnäs (formerly known as Näs) manor was named after Johan Adelswärd, who acquired the local copper mine in 1781. The present manor building was built Theodor Adelswärd in 1916-1920. English garden and parks around the Bysjön lake are popular when open to the public.

The unique detail is a “Sun Cannon”, which is installed in a red brick tower from 1853. It is a 6-pound cannon from the same period with an ignition system consisting of a magnifying glass mounted on a movable arm, adjustable to the sun’s different meridian latitudes. At exactly 1 pm, when the sun reaches its highest point at midday in summertime, the sun shines through this opening, hitting the magnifying glass focused on the priming compound at the back of the cannon.

References:
  • Solkanonklubben
  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.

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Hi Rod, I think you could ask from Baroniet Adelswärd.

Can you please help me? I believe that my grandfather James Albert Page was the gardener on this estate from ~ 1911 to 1920. Can you direct me to where I can find out about this? In anticipation, many thanks.


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