The Ice Age formed North Funen’s coastline with large fjords, retreats and shallow water bays. In actual fact, during the Stone Age, it was possible to sail from North Nærå Fjord, past Krogsbølle and Fjordmarken and out into Odense Fjord Several major damming projects in the 1800s reduced the size of these fjords consid-erably, and the farmer regained more land agriculture.
Denmark’s first land reclamation project (damming)
334 hectares of the extensive Krogsbølle Fjord was dammed in the year 1781 under the name of the ”Ein-sidelsborg Damming”. The Krogsbølle Fjord project was one of the very first land reclamation projects in Denmark and the largest in its time.
The damming was carried out by Denmark’s then Prime Minister, Joa-chim Godske Moltke, who had acquired the estate the same year. Thus, the starting gun for the damming and draining of many fjords, retreats and lakes was fired. In North Funen alone there have been 24 dam-mings.
Along the former fjord coast and on the former islands, which have now been dammed, there have been numerous finds from the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Bronze Age and the Middle Ages. This lays testament to the fact that the coastal area here has been used diligently.
Archaeology at Krogsbølle and the surrounding villages
At Krogsbølle, archaeologists have found the remains of the oldest road in the country (from approximately 500 B.C.) which crossed a ford. Slettens Main Road is probably older than most of us believe.
In the area, there is evidence of several dwellings and burial places. Here, for example, a very fine weapon sacrifice find from the Iron Age was made, a cult/ceremonial site with around 230 cooking hollows, and 2 to-tally unique bronze bull heads, which were attached to a drinking horn. Only around 25 of these bull heads are known to exist in the whole of Northern Europe, and they are always found in pairs and exclusively in the northern part of Europe.
In actual fact, it is a really exciting area with numerous interesting finds. History, these finds are able to tell us, get your imagination working overtime when you think about what kind of people lived their lives on North Funen’s former fjord land.
Here, you will find nature, a bathing beach, excellent facilities such as a school, shopping centre, meeting house, sports association with a large stadium, a sports hall and a church.
You can take a walk through “Beckers Skov” woodland on Vossevangen, or through the marshland from Krogsbølle-Hallen to Gyngstrup, and if you want to go further, go to Flyvesandet via Slusemøllen, or a stroll around Storskoven, along the seawall towards Tørresø, past the countless summerhouses and the sanctuary of Fuglsang.
However, the Fiskesøerne (Fishing Lakes) at Lindegården are also worth a trip.
The three largest towns in the parish each have their own special charm.
• Krogsbølle, which includes the former merchant’s house, Krogsbøllegård with its half-timbered house and thatched roof, and the church are all meticulously maintained and captivating, as the were when they were built many, many years ago.
• Bårdesø, with its many pretty farms and, not least, the dairy, like the farms, still stand exactly as they did when they were built.
• Tørresø, with its convivial atmosphere, exudes ambience with the town guild’s court building and newly completed public gathering place.