August 7, 2016
Coming from the north on highway 19, take the east into the second
road after Benestad. At a farm is a dirt road to the east. Just
before the railway is Nedraby church ruin. There is a car park beside the
road. A grass path leads up to the ruin.
The church was built around 1250, built of limestone. Located on a
small hill. The tower is later, from the 1400s. In the 1600s, could the small
congregation not afford the church and priest. The church was in
poor condition. When the priest Peder Christiansen Morsanius died in
1635 was the parish split between adjacent parishes
and the church fell into disrepair. The
priest's tombstone is behind bars in the tower. What remains today is
a tower and foundation to the longhouse and porch. The Church is not
abandoned, it is used for wedding, baptism and burial. In the tower is a
baptistery. A small bell hanging in the tower. Give a contribution to
the church's maintenance of a stock offerings.
In the grass is some old barely legible tombstones. Adjacent to the
a new headstone. In the southeast corner is an overgrown planting,
perhaps a memorial? Looking for old tombstones in the cemetery wall, will not
find any. A butterfly spreading its wings.
Drive to Övraby church. There meatballs and pastries on "Hey Hey"
Fritidsbaren in Ystad sandskog. Short walk along the sea.