the Sheriff's house

The old house from Kvitevoll

The Sheriff's house

The "lensmann" (sheriff) was the chief law officer at district/parish level, holding many responsibilities, ranging from supervising the roads to collecting debt, in addition to being chief of police. His income derived mainly from stamp duties and commissions. The sheriff was a prominent member of the community, ranking after the rector (a Civil Service position in Norway). Socially, he belonged to the upper classes, but could not afford to live the lavish life of a magistrate or curate.

Subscribe to RSS - the Sheriff's house