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The church and the parish priests

Since the Reformation in 1537, the church in Denmark-Norway had been part of the state, with the King as head, and the priests were royal officials. Worship and church activities - baptisms, weddings and funerals - were an important part of people's daily lives. But during the 18th century, the church also received an expanded social mission, with the introduction of confirmation in 1736 and a common school three years later.  It also played an important role in the building of a poor system, and   Royal laws and ordinances were announced on the church hill after the service. In this way, the parish priest became a cornerstone in the civil service's civil service.


Hougs Presbytery.jpg

The main church and rectory at Eiker were geographically centrally located, close to the health resort Haugsund. There were several cottages here, and the "Egerske kompani" had  ekserserplass by the church. In 1741, the Nøstetangen glassworks was also built on the grounds of the rectory.


Between 1741 and 1776, there were four parish priests on Eiker. He is described as  He was a parish priest until 1749, when he was succeeded by  Christian Grave_cc781905-5cde-315-bbdd was appointed to  Peder Jespersen Nyrop Lorentz Schnitler


The grave monuments above Nyrop and Schnitler can still be seen in the cemetery by Haug church, where they are among the oldest grave monuments.

Nøstetangen Glasværk two parcels of Haug Prestegård - Nøstetangen and Nøsteverket.

On Christmas Eve 1757 , a magnificent glass altarpiece was consecrated in Haug church on Eiker. The engraved inscription

says that it was made and presented to the church by a group of glass workers at Nøstetangen Glasværk

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