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Radomierz Palace

Radomierz was probably founded around the year 1300. A document from 1372 recounts how the jaworska duchess, Agnieszka, handed over many feudal belongings of the Sokolec “Falcon Stone” castle, including Radomierz, to the knight Clericus von Boltz.

The village was next ruled by Hans Reymbabe and Rudiger Wiltberg, who sold the property in 1389 to a certain Mr Schindel. Successive owners were von Donyn, von Zedlitz, Czirnau and Tschetschau. In 1442 the village, together with the Sokolec “Falcon Stone” castle, became the property of the von Nimptsch family, and in 1506 it was bought up by the wealthy Schaffgotch dynasty. Radomierz remained among family’s possessions until the mid 17th century, when the lord of the lands, Berhard von Schaffgotch, was stabbed by a rapier by his own servant in the Old Tenement, and died.


Analysis of the surviving architecture and spatial layout suggests that the manor was erected during the time of the Schaffgotch family. The monographer K. Eysymontt believed the manor to have been funded by Bernard I Schoff, who died in 1559, which enables dating of the oldest fragments. The building’s next conversion may have occurred in 1612, when the owner of the village and manor was Bernard II Schoff.
The destruction and looting of the Thirty Years’ War did not leave Radomierz unscathed; in 1644 the manor was destroyed, but it was quickly rebuilt.
In 1648 the property went into the hands of Valentin Redern, the lord at Proboszczów, and his brother Erasmus. It remained in their possession until 1664. The property was purchased in 1701 by Karl Christoph von Zedlitz, then lord at Wojanów. Subsequent owners were Elias von Beuchel, followed by his son who began the construction of a protestant church. In the years 1724-1730 the manor’s owner was von Bruckel, followed by Moritz Christian von Schweinitz, who held the title of equerry at the March of Brandenburg. Elias Gottlob von Beuchel became the next owner in 1750, and the property passed down to his son. The manor next passed into the hands of Daniel von Buchs, while from 1772 the owner was his wife’s adopted sister, Friederike Theodore von Buchs. The next information regarding the manor’s fortunes dates from 1779, when a fire broke out leading to the deaths of three people. During reconstruction, the elevation’s appearance was partially altered. The property’s lady owner married August von Uechtritz, who resided at the Czoch castle. Further fires seriously damaged the manor in the years 1801 and 1833, following which the building was given an appearance much the same as we have today. The property remained in the family’s hands until 1896.


Around the year 1917 the manor housed the ‘Gotteshuld’ children’s home. Bruno Kaffler was mentioned as the manor’s owner in 1921, and his family resided there until 1938. The next owner was Ewald Schoeller, who owned seven paper factories in the Jelenia Góra valley. He and his family emigrated to Switzerland before the end of World War II. Many different families resided in the manor after the War.
In the 1950s the manor was too small to function as an office building, unlike similar buildings in the vicinity. The lack of any refurbishment work almost led to the building collapsing. In 1999 the property was sold in exchange for property left behind in the Polish Republic’s former territories.
Restoration work continues to this day.
The manor’s positioning suggests that it was a Renaissance residence, surrounded by a moat. Evidence of the manor’s origins can be seen in the barrel vaulting as well as the window bands and the shields bearing the coats of arms of the Schaffgotch and Zedlitz families above the main portal. The window and door tops in the main elevation, as well as the lesenes stretching to above the 2nd floor, come from the latter half of the 18th century.
The manor was rectangular in plan, the building enlivened by semi-circular corner alcoves, and a stone bridge leads to the main entrance, which might indicate that it was surrounded by a moat.
Literature:
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Translation Jonathan Weber

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