Tempelburg, Kreis Danziger Höhe, West Prussia 

 

 

The manorial estate in Tempelburg (now Krzyzowniki) was acquired by the Rotzoll family of Rotzellen. It is in Kreis Danziger Höhe and the estate is a few kilometers west of Danzig in West Prussia; it was in the Wonneberg Lutheran parish. Above is a picture of that estate house (gut).

The gut at Tempelburg was initially owned by Christian Friedrich Rotzoll (29.08.1765 - 18.11.1843) who was a son of Andreas Georg Rotzoll and Anna Margarete Remus of Rotzellen. After Christian Friedrich’s death, the estate was inherited by his nephew Herrmann Gotthilf Friedrich Rotzoll (27.12.1810 - 08.02.1876).

In August 2013 I received an interesting note from architectural student Agnieszka Knas of Gdansk University of Technology who was researching this home.

Agnieszka provided this information on the history of this building.  First the Teutonic Knights gave this property to the Bock family prior to 1500. From 1520 it belonged to the Brandes family (a family of administrators and judges in Danzig) and later to the Schwartzenwald family. Then the Rotzoll family acquired it in the early part of the 19th century.

From 1883 it was state owned and in 1933 it became a general school for Tempelburg. It was an elementary school from 1948 and a barracks for militia from 1972. And in 2004 it again became a school. Here is a picture of it:

The front end of the building clearly matches the older picture above. I visited this building in 2014 but have no better pictures than that provided by Agnieszka.

 

Just up the road from Tempelburg Gut was the Dreilinden Gut. It was owned by the Andreas Georg Rotzoll II and Johanna Sellin family. There are no pictures of this estate house (gut). According to the Gdansk History book, it was burned in September 1852 and the Rotzoll family left. Thereafter it became a supply center and later the barns were used for a dairy farm. Recently the road on which the estate was located was widened and all the remaining parts of the estate were destroyed. Then a very unphotogenic big shopping center wasbuilt.

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Please send any queries to Bill Remus at

Remus@hawaii.edu

August 28, 2014