the 18th & 19th centuries
The Torstensson family owned Ulfsunda Castle up until the year 1727, when the family died out on the male side, and after which a long line of different owners took over. Amongst them were names such as Bielke, Gyllenkrook, Rudenschöld, Preis, Ruut, von Essen and Åkerhielm. Baron von Essen bought the castle at the beginning of the 17th century. He sold the beautiful copper roof and installed the flat metal roof that the castle has today. Von Essen also followed the trends of the time, and allowed the façade’s fresco paintings of Roman soldiers to be polished over. Åkerhielm was the country’s prime minister in the 1890s. It was he who aggravated the Norwegians with his now infamous proclamation ‘it is time to start speaking pure Swedish both in the East and in the West,’ which led to his downfall. Åkerhielm died in 1900 and the Ulfsunda Castle went into private ownership.