in Björneborg, Värmlands län
The Worker Housing "Klostret".
She also writes: "Furthermore, said that "Chamberlain Sir" to avoid seeing the dirty cab workers, who did not wash themselves more than when the foundry shut, had built "Klostret" west of the mill in the forest. It was around 1860. It may well be taken with a grain of salt. But whoever the man who told me have grown up there himself and was able to tell, that at the time it was exclusively cab workers who lived there. In "Klostret" there were 13 single rooms, so-called "room with a stove", with a family in each. So crowded, it could be and so poor, that it happened that the smallest child had to be put in a drawer. Later, the rooms were connected to apartments on a room and kitchen.
Gun's great grandfather Carl Larsson Hassel and his first wife, Anna Stina Anndersdotter, moved to "Klostret" in 1873. They moved there when Carl was employed as a cabin worker in Björneborg.
Photo on "Klostret" from Leif Hagberg, Karlskoga, in 2002.
His second wife, Sofia Johansson, moved to "Klostret" when they married in 1902. She lived there to her death in 1957.
Information from Aste Hassel tells us that all of the rooms were not rebuilt to apartments with one room and a kitchen. He tells us that Sofia lived all her life in "one room with a stove" on the first floor. The room was about 15 m2 big and there was one stove to varming up and also to cook on.
The house was later demolished. Exactly in what year is not known.
On this map you can see the location for "Klostret". [Map]
As we in the summer of 2002 visited the place where the house "Klostret" had been, we could only see the remnants of stone foundations of the house. The forrest had now taken over the place...
Photo from the summer of 2002.