The dungeon in Hammar

The dungeon in Hammar
The prison cave in Hammar. Photo: allmogen.org (CC BY-SA)

Hidden under an old ruined house in Hammar outside Nyland are the most eerie cellar vaults in Ångermanland. The prison caves from the Witch Trial in Torsåker in 1675.

According to legend, during The witch trial in Torsåker 60 women in detention in these two basement vaults in Hammar outside Nyland, Ångermanland. They were the innocent women who were tried for witchcraft at the court in Hammar. The witch trial in Torsåker was the largest witch trial in Sweden during the witch hysteria The big noise 1668-1676, when 71 innocent people lost their lives on Häxberget on 1 June 1675.

In the old house foundation in Hammar there are two cold cellar vaults, with low ceilings and about 40 sqm of floor space, where no light enters. The new discovery of the cellar, or dungeon, is said to have been made in the early 1980s during a study circle when it was discovered while clearing debris that hid the entrance.

Cellar in Hammar
The entrance to the basement vault where the women were held. Photo: allmogen.org (CC BY-SA)

Every fifth woman in Torsåker, Dal and Ytterlännäs parishes was sentenced to death and murdered in the witch trials. In some families, several generations of women are said to have been held captive in this dungeon in Hammar, and later murdered on 1 June 1675.

On 1 June 2018, the Allmogen in the footsteps of the innocent women. Watch the video here:

Getting there

Take Storgatan (road 333) and turn onto Strandvägen towards Hammar. Then take the first exit to the right (before the Stringo factory), where you will find a sign with a red cross. Follow the old country road to the left until you reach the fields, then you will find the cellar at the edge of the forest about ten steps into the left field.

Coordinates: Latitude 63.02185852206252 | Longitude 17.76918292032542

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