Månstorp gables
castle built 1540-47 surrounded by a moat. Destroyed by the Danes in an attack 1678. Today there remains the outer walls and part of the moat. Restored during the 1900s.

April 2, 2011: I will visit a friend on Söderslätt. On the way I visit Månstorp gables between Västra Ingelstad and Östra Grevie. A sign show where I have to leave the road. But then? Coming out on the road again, turn back. An unreadable sign and plate with the road name I should enter, Annelundsv, are pointing in the wrong opposite direction. I turn onto the gravel road, a sign show me up in the courtyard to a yard. "Visitors to Månstorps gables park here" it says. Do so.

The castle was built in 1540-47 in a circular embankment with a moat. It was probably grand in those days. It was destroyed by the Danes in 1678 during the war 1675-79. Then stones and bricks was taken and used for other things. Today remains outer walls, a part of the embankment and moat. During a restoration in the 1970s gable facing today's farm was built up with bricks. Today is the ruin used for music, at the ruins are arranged during the summer 'Songs at Månstorp gables' (Visor på Månstorp) .

I walk the bridge over the moat to the gables. Beware of falling stones and bricks, a sign say. Inside, the walls are rising high up. Of the interior is nothing left. These walls look rigid. Through a window I look out over fields and paddocks. Go out on the side of today's farm. Some bricks have fallen down, the warning is probably valid. Goes up on the south embankment to see the gables in its entirety. Despite the collapse warning I am leaning myself in through a window, get a little dizzy to look down into the interior. Easier to see the views of the surrounding landscape. On the other side are flowering winter aconite. Spring breaks winter, the long winter is giving up.

Time to drive on. Strangely, the sign pointing to the site is now pointing in the correct direction. Has anyone noticed my confusion, fooled me, or ...? Fog sweeps gently into the landscape, fairies dance across the newly plowed fields. Viewing Fuglie church, next to it is a hill, probably a burial mound. Open the gate and go up. There is a rune stone and a bench to rest on. It is probably the stone's original location, which is unusual with the Scanian rune stones. The runes are hard to see, they are not painted. My book interpret it as:
"Önde raised stone after Öde, his brother, he died on Gotland, God help his soul."
A Christian rune stone.

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Visor på Månstorp

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