- Party & conference all year -
Melderstein Manor is located beautifully and undisturbed by road 760, 12 km from Råneå and E 4: an. Only 5 km from Luleå, Boden and Kalix.
Melderstein Manor's old works environment has a special harmony and atmosphere. We have modern rooms with shower & WC, restaurant with seating for 100 guests, conference rooms, sauna and a private chapel that can accommodate more than 100 people. In the lovely surroundings, there are walking trails along which you can see historical reminders of the Melderstein works era.
We are open all year for groups and parties as well as private reservations. The restaurant is open during July and the rest of the year on request.
A warm welcome to Melderstein Manor and the Thingvall family!
- The birth of an industry -
In the 17th century, large iron ore deposits were found in Gällivare-Malmberget. They are still active mines. In the 1730s, Carl-Johan Thingwall received the first mining concession in Malmberget. Jonas Meldercreutz, Abraham Steinholtz and Carl–Johan Thingwall formed a company and the construction of Melderstein Works began in the 1740s.
The name Melderstein was formed from the names’ two principal owners Melder(creutz) and Stein(holtz).
After a time, Meldercreutz bought his partners’ holdings, but he soon realised that operations were not easy to sustain. It was extremely difficult to find labour and to organise the transport of ore from Gällivare. Meldercreutz then requested that the king allow him to cultivate the wilderness landscape between the rivers Luleå and Kalix. The state gave permission and Melderstein had a cultivation area 200 kilometres long and about 120 kilometres wide, generally called ”the Duchy of Melderstein”. It was bigger than many of the kingdoms in Europe at the time. Settlers were offered land and a house to live in if they carried out tasks for Melderstein Works. Settlers arrived and Meldercreutz played an important role in the settlement of Norrbotten. In all, no less than 67 settlers moved there.
Meldercreutz was an ambitious businessman, who made his mark on the area around Melderstein. He built sawmills and a rifle factory in Melderstein, a hardware forge in Niemisel, a mill in Prästholm, and in Strömsund a shipyard and a brickworks. With the help of farmers from Råneå, a blast furnace was built at Hasaforsen Rapids. In 1751, Meldercreutz became a professor of mathematics in Uppsala and in 1739 he was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Alongside his intellectual commitments, he continued to run Melderstein until his death in 1785.
The Meldercreutz empire was bought by the nobleman Jean Bedoire, who renovated the works and ran it until 1799, when a nobleman who is still renowned in Norrbotten – Samuel Gustaf Hermelin – bought the entire industrial complex. Like Meldercreutz, Hermelin had grand visions of developing and cultivating Norrbotten to the benefit of the whole of Sweden. Hermelin had severe economic difficulties with Melderstein and the other works, owing to war, bad harvests, fires and shipwrecks. His time as the works owner ended in bankruptcy in 1812.
After a few years with an unclear ownership structure, Sweden’s new king, Karl Johan Bernadotte took over Melderstein Works in 1825. Until 1855, the Bernadottes owned Melderstein and several other works, as well as large land properties in Norrbotten. In that year The Gellivare Company Limited was formed, which had a series of Swedish and English owners until 1892, when the works was finally wound up.
Melderstein Manor was then run as a country estate, a boarding-house for school children and a recreation centre run by the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden. In 1995, Melderstein Manor was bought by the Thingvall family, who carried out extensive renovation and refurbishment of the old Manor building.
- A legacy to maintain-
The brothers Göran and Gunnar Thingvall bought Melderstein in 1996. Relatives of the founder Carl-Johan Thingwall in direct descent. They saw great opportunities for the old works and carried out extensive renovation and refurbishment. Katarina Thingvall, daughter of Göran, took over the business in 2018. Today, Melderstein Manor is a hotel and restaurant specialising in conferences and receptions.
Katarina Thingvall, CEO