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Svaneholm Castle
Svaneholms slott
Skurup Municipality
Svaneholm Castle Skurup
Svaneholm Castle
Type Castle
Coordinates Latitude: 55.5008
Longitude: 13.4781
Built 1530s
Open to
the public
Rutger Maclean statue
Statue of Rutger Maclean in the Svaneholm Castle garden

Svaneholm Castle (Swedish language:Svaneholms slott ), on the shore of Lake Svaneholmssjön in Skurup Municipality, Scania, southern Sweden was initially erected in the 1530s [1] by the Danish knight and royal advisor Mourids Jepsen Sparre. Original murder-holes in the oldest castle walls are still preserved.


During the Middle Ages the residence was called Skurdorp (Skudrup), which was fortified and situated next to the parish church, where remains still can be seen. During the midst of the fifteenth century it was owned by guardsman Henning Meyenstorp (Meinstrup) and through marriage it later came to the possession of the Sparre-family. Approximately 1530 the residence was moved from Skurup to an islet in the Lake Svaneholmssjön, after that it was called Svaneholm. Through inheritance and purchase Svaneholm Castle came to the possession of Prebend Gyllenstierna in 1611. At the death of his great-grandson Axel Gyllenstierna in 1705, the castle went to the nephew Axel Julius Coyet via testament, but 1723 his aunt Sofie Gyllenstierna gained half of the properties via trial. Her half was 1751 bought by baron Gustaf Julius Coyet. 1782 it was inherited by Coyet's nephew, baron Rutger Maclean — "The reformer of Scanian agriculture".

At Maclean's death in 1816, Svaneholm Castle was inherited by his nephew Kjell Christoffer Bennet and his three siblings, 1839 it was sold to Carl Johan Hallenborg and belonged to his son and grandchild until 1902 when it was redeemed by count Carl Augustin Ehrensvärd, married to a Miss Hallenborg.


A year after the death of Ehrensvärd in 1934, Svaneholm Castle, the park, the garden, most of the lake and the surrounding forest was purchased by the Svaneholm Castle Cooperative Society (Swedish language:Svaneholms slott andelsförening ). The castle now houses a museum run by Wemmenhög Hundred's Monuments and Home District Society (Swedish language:Wemmenhögs härads fornminnes- och hembygdsförening ).


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