Aerial photo: Steve Henriksson
Färna has been occupied at least as far back as the mid-1500s. The ironworks had a humble start in 1607, with just one forge hammer and two furnaces. It was initially owned by the Crown, but it was during the 1630s that the works really started to thrive, thanks to the efforts of a powerful woman, Edla Widiksdotter. Between 1692 and 1789 the operation was run by Claes Wilkens, together with his heirs and other members of the family. It is worth mentioning Jacob Ramsell, a young and able book-keeper employed by Wilkens. He came from a poor family and, against all the rules—and the odds—succeeded in marrying the boss’s daughter, later to take over as the boss himself.
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