Strengthening health well

When Skellefteå became a city had Brunnsgården existed for precise 20 years with its healing water and associated pavilion. Skellefteå-well and the spa was the name of the company that operated the plant. For several decades after the city was founded, water cure as a treatment had its glory days. The very healthy source with the strengthening and life-giving water was at the “Brunnsgården”, built in 1831, which now serves as a private residence, a former bakery, cafe and rectory. In the pavilion, down by the source you could enjoy the healing waters. It was served among other beverages, both hot and cold. At 6 am was the scheduled time when a guest would drink his first glass of healing water. A chime rang every fifteen minutes to remind you that now it was time to take their health-giving water glass. Brunnsgarden took its water from the well, but there was to buy  Marinenbader- and  Karlsbader water.

Must exercise

Drinking continued during  a couple of hours. Between each glass, the guest must exercise by walking into the salon, play cone or swing in the toss swings inside the pavilion. When completed 5 glasses or more and exercised an hour, it was time for breakfast. The food was not to be strong, salt was avoided and the milk was completely forbidden. Evening food was porridge. The strict diet, exercise and the ferrous-water took over a 14-day cure off excess fat. There were those that felt so strong after the treatment, that they put away their  crutches.

Long-distance guests

“Brunnsgården” had many guests from far away both from the south of the country and from neighboring countries. Locals and people from rural areas who lived in the church cottages were also frequent visitors. The fee for the use of health source water, walking in the long parlor and swinging in the numerous toss swings, was one krona for the whole season. With the well also came a bathhouse facility as set apart from the spa site. The bath house was built in the hollow where the creek flowed into the river. Here were both mud baths and showers available.

Fine dances

In the main building was served not only on food. There were also theater and dance A park with paths and trails were laid out to walk into. During the 1870s, cooled interest in the health spa in Skellefteå. The wealthy chose to go to the facilities to the south. The bath house changed shape and became a baker. The place was later named Bull Pit.

Cafe and bakery

During the earlier part of the 1900s was Brunnsgården cafe and bakery. The sisters Sandström ran  Brunnsgården cafe. It was sold in late 1950th to Skelleftea country parish, who made about the property to a rectory. It was extensively renovated 1960-62 The building were moved one house width to the north. This is to make way for the road to Boliden. It never became a major road to Boliden, but the plot changed radically when the older outbuildings were ripped off and a new double garage built in its place. The building received a cast sheet and a small cellar for oil boilers, firewood and cooled room . Stairs were rebuilt and all the windows were replaced. 3 tiled stoves and 2 fireplaces demolished because their foundations were on the ground under the house. A fireplace was built on the upper level and the chimneys were restored so the house retained its appearance with two chimneys.

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