Elsinore's Old Town

Grand mansions, humble timber framed buildings and Gothic stone houses. The old buildings frame the modern life in Elsinore's many streets, roads and alleys.

Gl. Færgestræde is not entirely like the other streets in town. The unpolished field rocks lie as they did in the middle ages, rough and uneven, making you automatically switch your walking from frisk to careful. On each side of the road towers tall, yellow houses, holding the city noises at bay. If a dirty little piglet had walked around in the open gutters of the street, while chamber pots were emptied from the slanting windows, it would only fit the ambience.

The atmosphere is medieval in the cobbled Gl. Færgestræde

Although it did receive an extra dose of medieval ambience in 2009, when the rough field stones were restructured, and the original open gutters, which was once the norm in all the city’s streets, were laid anew, Gl. Færgestræde is a piece of authentic medieval street in the middle of Elsinore. The street was established in the 1500s as a connection between the piers on the beach and the main street of a city, whose strategic placement by the gateway to Øresund secured future growth through international trade connections.

As early as 1426, Erik af Pommern gave the city unique market town privileges, and in the 1550s Elsinore was the 5th largest city in Denmark. Since then it went downhill for Elsinore, and poverty was a reality for many. Bad for the citizens of the time, but good for the preservation of the old buildings. For it was very much due to the increasing poverty that so many of the town’s old houses were not replaced with new ones, as it happened in so many other places. For example the neighbouring city of Helsingborg.

Several places in town, one can admire the beautiful woodcuts on the façades of the old, colourful grocers. And you can stick your head into the backyards with the paved roads and backyard houses, which almost fall on top of each other. In Stengade one can admire numerous examples of the fact that international trade played a large part in the development of Elsinore. In the northern end of town, wealthy citizens left a row of fine, late-medieval and renaissance houses from the end of the 1500s, faithfully constructed with help from the foreign workers who worked on the construction of Kronborg.

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    De gamle bygninger har en uvurderlig betydning for den gamle middelalderhistorie om Helsingør. De er af oprindelse fra den adelige skotske famile Leielsom, som kom til Danmark via handel og søfart. Desuden rummer husene en række historiske personligheder, som har haft en del betydning for Helsingørog Danmark i det hele taget. Slægten har en række borgmestertitler og toldere i Helsingør fra tidlige tider. Foruden en søn af Frederik Leiel, Willem Leiel, som blev kendt fra bogen skrevet af Asta Bredsdorff 1999 ” Willem Leyels farefulde rejse til Indien” en søn fra byen. Hans søster Kirsten Hansdatter blev gift med Biskop Morten Madsen Sct,Clemens kirke, domkirken i Århus. Hun fik et meget dramatisk liv som bispefruen af Aas. Hendes liv er beskrevet i historikeren Flemming Hørnøs’ bog “Bispinden”. Hendes formue blev brugt til at betale Århus fri for at blive besat af svenskerne under svenskekrigene. Samtidigt med at hun sad i husarrest beskyldt for bl.a hor m.m. med svigersønnen. Senere blev hun dog fuldstændigt renset for anklagerne. Denne kvinde var min 6. tipoldemor; en spændende og stærk personlighed. Det gør det jo ikke mere kedeligt, at der er direkte aner til Leiel slægten boende i Helsingør den dag i dag.

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  4. 14. august 2012 Steffen Gerner, 3060 skriver:

    “De gamle bygninger i Helsingør” og meget gerne et par baggårde, fortæller byens historie og trækker turister til. Jeg er stolt af “min by” når jeg kan vise mine gæster rundt.”

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    ”Facaderne på de gamle huse i Helsingørs gader. Det giver en dejlig stemning og er helt klart en vigtig faktor for, om jeg skal bo i Helsingør Kommune, når jeg bliver “voksen””

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Helsingør er dannet som et bysamfund ved det naturlige overfartssted mellem Sjælland og Skåne. Helsingør nævnes flere gange i 1200-tallet, hvor byen sandsynligvis allerede fik status som købstad.

Elsinore is built as a city community on the natural crossing between Sealand and Skåne. Elsinore is mentioned several times in the 1200s, a point at which the city already had attained status as market town.

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3rd largest city in Denmark

In 1426, Erik af Pommern gave the city expansive trading privileges and turned it into an important religious centre with several abbeys. This lead to a population explosion, turning Elsinore into Denmark’s third largest town after Copenhagen and Malmø.

H.C. Andersen and Elsinore

”Observed from the road, Elsinore did not promise me much, but now that I am inside, it seems to me like a small Copenhagen… No traffic! How lively on the pier, here som fat Dutchmen with their hollow language, there I hear some of the harmonic Italien, further down they are loading coal on an English brig, so close that I can almost smell London. The street is sown with ships, floating past the coasts like seagulls.” Quote by H.C. Andersen, who in his young (and miserable) days went to the latin school on Kongensvej.