Jægersborg

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Hægersborg Water Tower, now youth housing, as seen from Jægersborg Station

Jægersborg is a suburban neighbourhood in Gentofte Municipality, some 12 km north of central Copenhagen, Denmark.

History[edit]

Jægersborg in 1747, engraving by B. de La Rocque

The whole area was from at least 1401 a royal estate known as Ibstrup (the earliest sources refer to it as Jepstorp). The nearest village was Mellerup located midway between Ibstrup and Ordrup. Its land came under Ibstrup when it disappeared in the middle of the 17th century.

The Ibstrup estate was since Queen Margaret's day[1] used for royal hunts, although King Frederick II was the first to establish a royal residence at the site.[2] In 1611, Christian IV replaced it with a new building, Ibstrup Slot, in Dutch Renaissance style surrounded by moats. King Frederick III gave the property to his consort, Queen Sophie Amalie.[1]

Christian V, an enthusiast for hunting, renamed the house Jægersborg. A new tree-lined avenue, Jægersborg Allé, connected his property to Kongens Lyngby to the north and the Øresund coast to the east. He also made plans for the establishment of a deer park, Jægersborg Dyrehave, closing down the village Stokkerup.

Jægersborg fell into despair in the middle of the 18th century and new barracks for the Guard Hussars were established in its grounds. The old main building was demolished in 1761.[2]

The land was sold off in lots and built over in the first half of the 20th century. Jægersborg Parish was disjoined from that of Gentofte in 1941,

Landmarks[edit]

The former Jægersborg Barracks were sold by the Royal Danish Army in 2010. The buildings have now been converted into a senior citizens home. The oldest building on the site is Jagtgården, built to a design by Lauritz de Thurah at a site just west of Jægersborg in the 1730s. The four-winged building originally contained stables for hunting dogs. Other historic buildings in the Jægersborg area include Schæffergården[3] and Overførstergården.

Jægersborg Church is from 1941 and was designed by Paul Staffeldt Matthiesen in a Neo-Gothic style.[4] Located next to Jægersborg station, Jægersborg Water Tower was built in 1955 to designs by Edvard Thomsen. It was adapted for use as youth housing by Dorte Mandrup in 2005.

Transport[edit]

Located on the Hillerød radial of the S-train network, Jægersborg station is served by the B-train. The E-train does not stop at this station. It is also the southern terminus of the Nærumbanen local railway.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Mørkvig, Svend Aage: JÆGERSBORG – fra krongods til byområde

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kronen og Gentofte" (in Danish). Gentofte Kommune. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Jægersborg" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Schæffergårdens historie" (in Danish). Schæffergården. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Jægersborg Kirke" (in Danish). Jægersborg Kirke. Retrieved 2014-01-15.