360 video walking tours I Nexø Town II I Bornholm Denmark

Hello Bronwyn Lund here from BronHolm Tours I’m about to do an Autumn tour of my home town of Nexø We’re going to go from the town square, through the old part of town and out to the lake where there’s a lovely park where one can sit and contemplate I hope you enjoy the tour Right now we’re standing in the Town Square Behind us is the waterfall I’m just going to turn around slowly and look at it Normally it runs in the summer I didn’t get around to doing a summer video of the town so we’ll have to wait till next summer Then we can see the contrast between Autumn, Winter and Summer Behind our little fellow here with the Merman tail is the post office The old post office It’s not the post office any more but it was the post office back in the day In the Summer cars aren’t allowed on the square The whole square is car free Then there’s lots of tables and chairs It’s really quite lovely In the winter, all these plants and furniture disappears Then it all comes out again in summer If you’d like to see how it looks in winter, I have done a winter walk of Nexø Now we’re going to head down along the shopping precinct I want to dedicate this film to someone who has been really supportive of the channel and really encouraging of me doing these films It’s a guy named Simon He actually grew up in Nexø and left 25 years ago when he was 11 One of the things we’re going to do is we’re actually going to walk past his house and have a look at it on our way to the little lake So this film’s for you Simon I really hope you enjoy it All of these streets are where Simon spent his childhood years I think it’s a pretty special thing to be able to film this and post it up on YouTube On the left hand side is the law courts Just be careful not to get run over by a bicycle! On the right hand side is our supermarket It’s called ‘Super Brugsen’ in Danish On the left-hand side over here is another supermarket That’s Lidl a German supermarket, a German chain The one on the right is the local Danish chain There’s a couple of supermarket chains, This one is called Super Brugsen It’s quite interesting that we’ve just walked past a couple of supermarkets because if we look at this house here on the right hand side, it’s a wonderful example of a merchant’s house It is where the founder of Danish supermarkets was born He was a priest and his name was Hans Christian Sønne and he was born here in 1817 This guy founded the whole supermarket system in the whole way of having supermarkets evolved from little local stores for the whole of Denmark That was someone from Bornholm Behind us there’s a lovely lamp on the end of the house Everywhere you go throughout the streets, there’s these lovely old lamps that have been renovated and refurbished On the right-hand side we have the church In my winter town walk of Nexø I go inside the church so if you’d like to have a look inside the church, then check out that video Up here on the left is the old school

It’s not the school any more In the 1950’s Nexø built a new school over the back of the town and that’s where my kids go today That opened in 1960 then this school closed down This great big yellow building over to the left was the school (I found out later from Simon that he went to the same school as my kids, when he was a boy this building was a hotel) This street is called Church Lane Obviously because the church is here This street is called ‘Købmagergade’ which means shopping street, or the shop owners street Before supermarkets happened there would have been little stores here On the corners of the street, like this one This street is called ‘Skolestræde’ or School Lane There was also a school down there It would have been built earlier than the large school that we have behind us The church has always had a very strong influence on schooling throughout the Lutheran period That’s why the school sits so closely to the church Now we’re just walking through a lovely part of town where we have all these old merchants houses If you look behind you there’s a model I might walk up to it because it might be a bit difficult to see it with the size of things if you’re looking at this on an iPhone Here is a model of the house behind us This house was originally the Mayor’s house If you became the Mayor of town this would be your house It’s a beautiful example of a half-timbered house Once again we’ve got one of those lovely lamps at the front of the house The street changes its name here It goes from being shopkeepers street or ‘Købmagergade’ to ‘Bredegade’ and that means wide street That’s the street that Simon’s street goes off But I’m going to walk the long way because I wanted to point out how close these streets are to the harbour and how much they had to do with trade and fishing back in the day This is the street that runs directly behind the back of the harbour The house on the left over here behind the red car, that would have been a merchant’s house because it has cellar space underneath whereas the house right here on the right, that would have been a fisherman’s house because they didn’t need to cellar the fish They didn’t take to effort to build a cellar The fish had to be sold pretty quickly or sent up to the smokehouse to be smoked You wouldn’t want to keep a catch of fish in your cellar for a terribly long time If we look over to the left that’s the back of the harbour so all of those buildings over there are harbour buildings, industrial buildings and warehouses Now we’re coming up to Simon’s street This is where Simon grew up and moved away at the age of 11 (Correction: Simon moved away 25 years ago) It’s called ‘Fiskerstræde’ or Fishers Lane He lived at number four I’ve done a little bit of reading around this house It was built in 1851 and it was built as a place of work It wasn’t a place of residence It was built out of the back of the house on the corner Here we have this little house that Simon lived in It was built in 1851 This end of the house was a Weaver’s workroom The other end of the house was a blacksmith The house that’s over there

on the other side of the blue gate was the house of the people who owned the businesses running in this house The house over the other side of the blue gate, I think that is owned by Simon’s cousin He was a fisherman and to go to work, all he had to do was walk down this street and go straight out to the harbour The fishing harbour is right across the road there I’ll do another tour soon We’ll go past the fishing harbour and see if we can find Simon’s uncle’s boat What we’re going to do now is so I looked up, sorry just to finish with this story about the house and its building The house on the other side of the blue gate was built in 1900 So it’s actually younger than this house now It must have been the house that was built there before I know that most of the older houses, the old half-timbered houses here, they were built in the mid 1700s So this part of town was rebuilt if you like because there would have been people living here in wooden houses New houses were built with half timber and mortar in the 1700s So there would have been a house from the 1700s here and the family that lived in that house built this to run their weaving business and as a blacksmith I’ve had a little chat with the lady who lives in this house, her name’s Elizabeth and she’s agreed that I can go in and film the inside of the house So let’s go in and have a look at the inside of the house where Simon lived as a child We have to go around the back Elizabeth was telling me that originally you could go in the front of the house but now the entrance is in the back of the house This is the entrance to the house ‘Godmorgen’ Good Morning, come in I’ll have to be careful I don’t knock the camera on the ceiling Oh it’s lovely We’re walking through the kitchen This is along the front of the house We can see out onto the street Here we are in the living room There’s some lovely timber ceilings Over to our right is the stove Lovely old stove, many of the houses still have their stoves Out the back here is a small guest room It’s a very similar layout to Erichsen’s Gård, (another 360 video I made earlier) with these small rooms out the back of the main living room Now we’re coming back through onto the front of the house This is the bathroom in here It’s interesting because we have the original architraves and the original part of the building in the doorways We’ll go upstairs is that okay? – thank you We’ll go upstairs I guess this might have been where Simon had his bedroom when he was a child It’s a completely open loft This is one of the things I really love about these old houses is that many of them have a loft in the ceiling It makes for a wonderful big bedroom where you can sleep under the eaves It’s very cosy and that oven we saw a downstairs,

this is the chimney In many of these houses, all of these houses, They’re very similar design, The chimney goes all the way through the house and warms the house all the way through So they’re incredibly effective these old wood stoves, at warming up the houses There is a trapdoor here so you can seal off the top It’s quite clever Thank you very much Elizabeth for letting us see your home Pleased to meet you, thank you I’ll walk a little bit around I’ll walk slowly back out through the backyard That is a wonderful example of a fisherman’s cottage Once again note that this house is half timbered and doesn’t have a cellar That is a strong indicator that it was a fishing family that eventually owned the house after it was built as a weaver’s and the blacksmith workshop That street heads back up to the school but I want to walk this way and down to the lake because this is one of my favourite parts of town We can see the main house there on the left-hand side Also this wonderful example of a half-timbered house across the road here, the yellow one At one stage there was a monastery here in Nexø This street is called ‘Munkegade’ which is Monk Street I want to walk down here I know I’ve walked down it before in my winter walk but I love this It is my favourite part of the town where you can see exactly how the old squares would have been in the old streets would have been before they pulled the old houses down (or they were bombed in WWII) and built the streets to accommodate horse and cart This square would have been big enough to turn your horse and cart around if you were delivering something They’re just lovely, these little houses Over here to the right with the dormer windows The dormer window would have been added later We’re going to walk back out the square and down one of the older streets and have a look at these half timbered houses and end up at the lake The street names are so interesting because they are named after whatever they are near

or what ever is happening on the streets The street on the right here is called ‘Ferskesøstræde’ or Fresh Lake Lane That’s where we’re heading to the fresh water lake It doesn’t change name, it remains ‘Ferskesøstræde’ all the way down to the lake It’s called Fresh Lake Lane which is nice This one’s called Hans Herman’s Gænge I have a feeling Hans Herman might have been a counselor of the town at one stage ‘Gænge’ means way or lane There’s a whole mixture of different houses on this street depending on whether people had enough money to pull down their old half-timbered properties and properties with brick (or they were bombed in WWII) I love this house on the right with the arched windows and the dormer window at the top On the right here is a museum dedicated to an author called Martin Anderson Nexø He wrote the books Pelle the Conqueror or Pelle ‘Erobreren’ He was one of the earliest founders of the socialist movement in Denmark It’s the story of that movement told through fiction It’s a great and powerful story It explains how Denmark has gone from a peasant and serf society through to a society with very egalitarian values and equal rights for it’s people, it’s an interesting story woven with many different small stories within Which is always the shape of the good story It’s very autumnal now, the leaves are changing into lovely colours On this green we have a lot of festivals and concerts during the summer, very kid-friendly with rides and bouncy castles It’s always lovely and all the locals come along This is our magic lake I should have worn my Wellie’s it’s a bit muddy This feeds out to the sea out to our left It is a freshwater lake That was a tour of Nexø town,

taking in the square and the shops and the old streets of the town ending here at the lake Simon I hope you enjoyed the tour This is Bronwyn Lund signing off from BronHolm tours Please don’t forget to like, comment, share and subscribe! Bye for now