Old Uppsala Village

Once the largest in Uppland

When the episcopal see was moved from Old Uppsala to Uppsala in 1273, several farms remained.

At the end of the middle ages we know there were about 20 farms, making it the largest village in Uppland. It was divided into two parts:

  • The eastern part was owned by the crown and was called the Church village or Old Uppsala village. The land was at the heart of Uppsala öd, the royal estate. At the end of the middle ages the village consisted of 12 farms of equal size, run by peasants. These farmers were not yeomen; they did not own the land they farmed, but paid rent.
  • The western part consisted of the King’s Farm – a common name for four farms owned by the crown north of the church, and three large farms west of the church (The Vicarage, Ovanberga and Backa), donated to the episcopal see by royal decree in the 12th and early 13th centuries.

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