The poet Gustaf Fröding in Kristinehamn

Gustaf Fröding was born at the Manorhouse Alster’s Herrgård, a few kilometres east of Karlstad but lived for 14 years in Kristinehamn.
Gustaf Fröding was born at the Manorhouse Alster’s Herrgård, a few kilometres east of Karlstad but lived for 14 years in Kristinehamn.

Visit the water pump in the town square Södra Torget and read the delightful poem that the poet wrote about it:

The Parish Pump
Pump is flushing, water’s gushing, out it’s rushing into pots.
In the square with sunshine on it, basking skirt and bonnet and with barrows, buckets, dippers, one maid skips and one maid trots, shuffling grannies in their slippers and with bare feet hop like sparrows, little tots.

Gossip, chatter, women natter, bairns and housemaids titter, snigger, noise gets bigger, racket rattlers town-talk tattlers cause a hubbub up and down, God preserve the town!

(Translation: Mike McArthur, Swedish Poetry, Brunskog)

The house at 5 Nya Kyrkogatan
This is where Gustaf Fröding’s family lived for 10 years. Siri Fröding, Gustaf’s cousin, also lived in Kristinehamn. In her book My Cousin Gustaf Fröding she wrote, “It was quite delightful when, on winter days, we played in the Fröding garden, and heard Aunt’s voice call out “Come on in children, there’s coffee and freshly-baked buns!” We rushed at once into the big kitchen where Aunt and Mina had piled the kitchen table high just for us. A wonderful sight…”

Both of the entrances to the house have their original doors, with iron grating in beautiful patterns. The building is typical of the kind of house that could be found in Kristinehamn from the middle of the 19th Century. As a boy, Gustaf Fröding had the end room in the attic, facing west.

The family grave lies to the right of the church.
You can visit it yourself, of course, without a guide.
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