Veksø

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Veksø
Town
Veksø kirke (Egedal).jpg
Veksø is located in Denmark
Veksø
Veksø
Location in Denmark
Coordinates: 55°45′10″N 12°14′20″E / 55.75278°N 12.23889°E / 55.75278; 12.23889Coordinates: 55°45′10″N 12°14′20″E / 55.75278°N 12.23889°E / 55.75278; 12.23889
Country Denmark
Region Capital Region
Municipality Egedal
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,873
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3670 Veksø Sjælland

Veksø is a small town located between Ballerup and Ølstykke-Stenløse in Egedal, some 20 km northwest of Copenhagen, Denmark. The town is on a hill, surrounded by meadows and bogland. Veksø station is served by the Frederikssund radial of the S-train network.

History[edit]

The area south of Veksø is the site of a large, shallow-watered lake which was called Vigsø until the 18th century. The name (Veksø) also referred to a castle which may have belonged to Skjalm Gvide of the influential Hvide dynasty. The estate was later owned by Christian I who gave it to Roskilde Cathedral in 1450. After the Reformation, Veksø was confiscated by the crown. The castle had probably been destroyed in the Counts' Feud or may simply have fallen into despair after losing its importance after Copenhagen had been established as Denmark's new capital.[1]

The name Veksø is first recorded in 1370 as Viksyø. In 1568 the village consisted of nine farms. In 1784, it consisted of 15 farms, eight of which moved out of the village. The first school opened in 1730. It was replaced by a new school in 1800.[2]

Archeological finds[edit]

A pair of bronze horned helmets from the younger Bronze Age (dating to ca. 900-1100 BC) were found in the Brøns Mose swamp just west of Veksø during peat digging in 1942.

In around 1942, a small bronze statue of a "goddess" (dating to c. 500 BC) was found in a swamp just east of Veksø. The statuette has become known as Venus from Veksø and dates to c. 500 BC, also in the Nordic Bronze Age. In 1978, a similar bronze statuette was found in the stream of Værebro Å. It has become known as The Værebro Woman and also dates to c. 500 BC.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lidt historie om Veksø og Egedalgaard". Egedalgaard (in Danish). Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Veksø's historie". Veksøs Borgerlaug (in Danish). Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gudinderne fra Veksø og Værebro". Egedal Leksikon. Egedal Archives and Museum. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2016.