Røyken council's millennium marking place

About Oldtidsveien

Oldtidsveien which leads through Røyken council is a part of the old road which ties the western part of Drammensfjorden together with the eastern part of Oslofjorden.

Along this road we will find old settlements, businesses and other traces of our forefathers which lie along the way of this "artery" like "pearls on a thread".


This map shows all the places on Oldtidsveien.


Here are all the places on Oldtidsveien.

1. Start

Oldtidsveien (The ancient road) runs from Gullaug in Lier beside the Drammen fjord to Slemmestad beside the Oslo fjord. This was the...

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2. The guesthouse at Kovestadbakken

In 1777, Auen Nilsen Møysund was fined for having sold beer and liquor from his guesthouse at Kovestadbakken to passing travellers....

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3. Spikkestad Brickworks

Spikkestad was built up around the brickworks which was operational from 1897 until 1967. It was the first of several large industrial...

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4. The wheelwright’s house

The wheelwright’s house was the «service station» of the past. The house was also used as a school room from 1860 until 1875....

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5. The burial site at Bitehagen

There were originally about 20 burial mounds here dating back to the Iron Age. The largest, beside the road is about 15 metres in...

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6. Grini

Røyken’s courthouse stood here from 1700. In about 1820 a new building was erected and used for executive council meetings. It was...

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7. Røyken church

This stone church from the Middle Ages is built in Romanesque style and dedicated to St. Michael. There is a burial mound by the 2nd...

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8. Vangskleiva

A cottage stood here on the site where the clubhouse is today. Apparently, before the new road was built, drivers would stop with...

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9. The execution site at Vang

Røykens old execution site at the top of Vangsåsen was placed by the main thoroughfare partly to deter others from committing crimes...

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10. The burial site at Syltingli

There are 44 burial mounds on this burial site. They lie around the small hill in the yard. The graves with a dip in the middle have...

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11. Gjellum

Cannons were set up here during the Great Nordic War (1700-1721) as the Norwegians feared that the the Swedish army would come this...

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12. Hajum

Hajum farm probably dates back to The Iron Age. A double-edged sword, an axe, a spear tip, buckles and an arrowhead were found in one...

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13. Grodal mill and sawmill

The mill was shut down in 1976 having been in operation for several hundred years. Tax records from 1614 show that there was a sawmill...

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14. Kjoneberget

You can see traces of the old roadway to the left. There used to be a two storey grain dryer belonging to Fossum farm, south of the...

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15. The wheelwright’s workshop

The wheelwrights’s workshop here at Fossum was strategically placed after the steep hill from the mill. The building has been moved...

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16. Burial sites at Bø

50 burial mounds from The Iron Age are registered on the farms at Bø. Many of them have been looted but most of them are more or lest...

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17. Punishment hill

The first of the Bø farms burial sites is in this area, despite the name implying another use. The story goes that the mounds were...

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18. Kullmile

You can see remnants of a charcoal kiln dug down in the ground about 100 metres south of Oldtidsveien. Wood was burnt here to produce...

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19. Slemmestad

You are now in Slemmestad, one end of the Oldtidsveien. From here, it is 14,4 km to Gullaug, the end stop and 1.6 km to Kullmile, the...

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