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Deserted farm

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A deserted farm Norwegian: ødegård in Norway is a farm that was left abandoned or unused for various reasons


  • 1 Terminology
  • 2 History
  • 3 Taxation
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


In Norway, this term primarily applies to farms deserted due to the Black Death in 1349 and 1350 In many cases, the description of the farm as øde 'deserted' became part of the farm name for posterity when the farms gradually came back into use again Examples of such names include Øderå and Kroksundøgarden both in Hole, Øde-Rud in Nannestad, Hole-Ødegården in Ringerike, Øde-Hval in Ringerike and Modum, and simply Ødegården eg, in Fredrikstad A contracted variant of the name is Øygard in Grimstad or Øygarden in Søgne

The term ødegård is also used in Denmark, where starting in the 1950s Copenhagen residents began looking for abandoned and deserted small farms in Sweden that they could buy or rent and use for the summer


After the plague epidemics of the 1300s, the population of Norway fell by up to 64% Because of the reduced population, people abandoned the lowest-quality and most isolated farms, working the better and more central farms instead In the 1500s the population started growing again, and over the course of 150 years the population tripled in size In order to support and house the continually increasing number of people, the deserted farms started being used again There were conflicts over the ownership of the deserted farms, with questions about who actually owned them after they had sat abandoned for 200 years Landowners claimed deserted farms in their area as their own Land that had no owner was assigned to the crown Those that cleared the old deserted farms therefore rented the land There was an abundance of land until the end of the 1600s Then competition for resources began again, creating the basis for a new underclass of crofters


Deserted farms in Norway were exempt from taxes for a transitional period after farming operations were resumed After that, the farm enjoyed a special low tax rate


  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon: ødegård
  2. ^ Seljedal, Ivar 1966 Sunndalsboka Sunndal: Sunndal, Øksendal og Ålvundeid sogelag, p 35
  3. ^ Spørgsmål og svar, ødegårdedk Archived 2011-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bray, R S 2004 Armies of Pestilence: The Impact of Disease on History Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, p 61
  5. ^ a b Sandmo, Erling 2015 Bondesamfunnet i vekst Norgeshistorieno
  6. ^ Orning, Hans Jacob 2015 Ødegårdene Norgeshistorieno

External links

  • Orning, Hans Jacob 2015 Ødegårdene Norgeshistorieno
  • Sandmo, Erling 2015 Bondesamfunnet i vekst Norgeshistorieno:

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