World Heritage RørosThe people and the farmsA Trading House – Leighgården – house No. 16

A Trading House – Leighgården – house No. 16

Morten Leigh (1778 – 1816), a tradesman, arrived in Røros during the early part of the 1800s. In 1806 he purchased his own building, house no.16 in Bergmannsgata. At that time Røros Copper Works had a monopoly on the purchase and sale of all goods and provisions to the employees of the Company.

The country house  - Building styles
Morten Leigh (1778-1816), who started up his business in Røros in 1801, some years later purchased the property Sundbakken in order to obtain a suitable country residence. When Morten Leigh died his widow took over the business, running the farm and the livestock, and the country house.
Trading Activities.
Magnus Engzelius (1791-1868) the first businessman in the Engzelius family in Røros, kept in contact with his origins in Sweden and established wide business contacts in the area he came from.
Managing the property
As well as running their business, several generations of the Engzelius family also managed farming activities with many animals in the stalls. The farm also owned large tracts of good land, ‘gardens’ or pastures, where winter feed for the animals was harvested.
The people of the house.  From Abildgaard to Engzelius
House no. 16 in Bergmannsgata was the vicarage from 1728 until 1806. The following members of the clergy lived in the house: Peter Abildgaard, Jens Abildgaard, Thomas v. Westen Hammond and Peter Schnitler Krag.

Røros was added to UNESCOs of World Heritage Sites in 1980, refer also to Riksantikvaren, ( Norwegian Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings).
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