Then came Forsviks Use till

Medieval people chose the waterway for journeys. Despite Vätterns known risk of rapidly developing storms with ocean waves, Vättern was chosen for the transport of goods and for their own travel. The choice was obvious for the people of the future - by land certainly had his ways, but there were ways to go anywhere on foot. Medieval roads were bumpy, crooked and almost overgrown in places of brushwood that quickly grown up in the spring. Around Vättern was favorable to settle, partly from fishing and uncomplicated travel to other villages, and partly because in some places there was fertile soil. The waterways made frequent contacts and transport between villages, storgårdar, monasteries and industries possible.

Between northwestern Vättern and Bottensjön it was only a narrow spit of land that needed to be crossed - then it was free path of the Gulf of Bothnia again. The next obstacle to Lake Viken was a little uplift, which contributed to a small waterfall. There was even a passage by land to a few meters, but then it was free way into Lake Viken. In these areas grew up, as well as around Vättern, villages, for trading, large farms and industries. People could easily travel to each other, build ties and build relationships with each other smoothly thanks to the waterways. Shipment of handicraft products, food and raw materials for industry were easy on the water.

It was so Forsviks use came into. We are still unsure of how early forsvik arose. But we know of a deed of gift dated from one of the area's owners, Cecilia Roos Jonsdotter, To Forsviks mill existed 1410. this woman, Norwegian royal birth, donated Forsviks mill to Vadstens monastery years 1410. Just at this rapids, whose area was in the break between Ground Lake and Lake Viken, gave it the name forsvik. It was very messy ownership. Why do we yet do not. Small portions of the land owned by a wide variety of powerful figures; some of the same family, some were not. What characterized the land owners was that they owned the land afar, even in other parts of Sweden and Norway. Was there anything here that was particularly attractive as many powerful wanted a part of? And if so, why? We do not know, than. Research is needed to find out more. But Anyway; The gift to the monastery of Vadstena was the start of a more than a century of industrial activity that reflects the development of our country as an industrial nation.

It was the monks who had the sharpest technology knowledge during the Middle Ages, and it was they who coordinated the so-called grangierna during the 1200s. Grangierna seem to have been those who diligently developed local industries and created ponds around the rapids that could then be used for the extraction of hydro power through the waterwheels. That was what happened at Forsviks mill - when the monks took over from 1410 This was shortly both hammer mill and sawmill, except mill. Here in Forsvik has since been pursued industrial activities of the unprecedented variety - switching between success and bankruptcy and fresh start of the new-time industries have succeeded each other. Today's industries from the 1700s fully visible at Forsviks use. The sawmill was operated during all the centuries, bar iron, pulp, castings, engineering products and electric power; all are examples of what is produced in the subsequent centuries. It was waterwheel-based hydroelectric power that drove the industry in Forsviks use until the beginning of the last century. Sow, find out more and experience Forsviks use in reality - today place a industriminne where history is reflected through the use sort of existence and development of the industry as the foundation for the Sweden we know today.

Camilla Alexandersson
Head, Forsviks use