The ironmonger’s house (Järnhandlarens hus) is typical of 19th century wooden buildings in Swedish towns. This was a time of rapid urban growth. The old, winding streets gave way to a new plan with wide, paved roads, blocks of buildings at right angles to each other and public parks for recreation. The old merchant and craft premises were replaced by modern buildings with shops on the ground floor and living accommodation above.

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30/12 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
31/12 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6/1 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7/1 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
13/1 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The period illustrated by the premises is the 1930s. The fittings in the ironmongery date originally from the 1880s though the interior was partially modernized in the 1930s. The goods on display are typical of the three main groups of customers: farmers, builders and householders. 

Most buildings at this time were still made of wood even though the construction techniques began to change. Ready sawn planks were delivered direct from sawmills and standardized joinery and other building materials were available from factories. Buildings were lined on the outside with tongue-and-groove panelling and there were decorative details round doors and windows as well as elaborate porches and verandas.


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