Manor house complex, Wronie
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An example of a masonry manor house from the late 19th century, accompanied by a park complex having the status of a regional landmark.

History

The manor house complex dates back to the late 19th and the early 20th century. One of the buildings which make up the accompanying grange has started its life as a church, erected back in the 14th century, converted into a granary during the 17th century and then adapted to serve as a club in the 1970s and the 1980s. During the interwar period, the manor was the property of count Alvensleben, while after World War II it served as the local School of Agriculture. Currently, the complex is private property.

Description

The complex is situated in the central part of the village of Wronie. The hunting lodge is a Gothic Revival building with a number of Swiss chalet style influences. Designed on a rectangular floor plan, the manor house features an avant-corps preceded by a short porch on the northern side as well as a verandah on the southern side. The building is a single-storey brick structure positioned on stone foundations; it is covered with a gable roof clad with ceramic roof tiles. The symmetrical façade follows a three-axial layout at the ground-floor level and a seven-axial layout at the first-floor level. The porch, with its grand entrance door topped with an ogee arch, is positioned on the middle axis of the building. The entrance door features a large transom light with a sophisticated arrangement of muntin bars designed to resemble tracery. All of the windows are rectangular in shape and framed with narrow, profiled surrounds, with the ground-floor windows being topped with segmental arches. The individual façades are separated by a string course. Six small, pointed-arch windows adorn the gable of the avant-corps. All of the façades feature fretwork wooden decorations beneath the eaves, centred around a stylised pine cone motif. The side façades follow a two-axial layout, with three small, pointed-arch windows gracing the gables. The decorative scheme applied to the southern façade is analogous to that of the front façade. On the right hand side, there is a tall, arcaded terrace with a balcony above. The pillars supporting the individual arches are flanked by engaged columns on both sides. The ornate balustrade of the terrace combines the Gothic Revival pinnacles and tracery with fish bladder motifs. The interior follows a two-bay layout. Inside the main hall, visitors can admire plasterwork decorations depicting various hunting scenes, a highly decorative wooden spiral staircase as well as a plafond incorporating the image of a boar’s head. The main hall, positioned on the ground floor, features a painted, coffered ceiling. The manor house is surrounded by a park with a pond. One of the buildings forming part of the complex is the former Gothic church, erected in the 14th century and subsequently converted into a granary (17th century) and a club (20th century). It is a two-storey brick and stone structure covered with a tall gable roof clad with ceramic roof tiles. Designed on a rectangular floor plan, it features a short western porch which had once formed a part of a now-vanished tower. The original windows and doors have been bricked up, although their traces in the front façade are still clearly evident.

Private property. The site may be visited upon prior arrangement with the owner.

compiled by Sara Szerszunowicz, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Toruń, 04-12-2014.

Bibliography

  • Katalog Zabytków Sztuki w Polsce. Vol. XI - Dawne województwo Bydgoskie. Issue 19. Powiat wąbrzeski, Institute of Arts of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw 1967.

General information

  • Type: manor house
  • Chronology: kon. XIX w.
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Wronie
  • Location: Voivodeship kujawsko-pomorskie, district wąbrzeski, commune Wąbrzeźno
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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