Lenne, NRW, Germany

Lenne, from the south Church and Homes in Lenne

Lenne is a village that is located on the banks of the Untrop, near where it joins the Lenne River at a point about 4 miles southwest of Schmallenberg. The village dates back to the year 1072. Today, it has a population of about 380 people.

Church Exterior Church Interior Church Side Altar

Above are exterior and interior photos of the Lenne parish church. Around 1200, the first chapel was built here, and it was named "St. Vincentius Kapelle". It was given parish status in 1221 by Archbishop Engelbert of Cologne. The parish in Wormbach is regarded as their "mother church".

Schleimen Hof Johannes Caspar Grobbel married Maria Elisabeth Schleime on 2 Dec 1793 in the Lenne parish church. They lived here in this house in Lenne, which is called the Schleimen Hof. Their son, Johan Jacob Anton Grobbel gt. Schleime, was born here in 1823. Anton had a son, named Anton Grobbel (b. 2 June 1851), who emigrated to Detroit, Michigan in 1884.

This house is built in the style called "Fachwerkhaus" or "half-timbered house" that is very common in the Sauerland. In the Sauerland, the timbers are always painted black, and many are engraved with prayers and/or the names and dates of previous inhabitants. A portion of the Schleimen Hof timber carvings are shown in the picture below.

The following is a portion of the German inscriptions, along with an English translation:

DIESES HAUS IST ERBAUT AUS NOT UND NICHT AUS PRACHT - DURCH GOTTES HILF UND MENSCHEN MACHT - CHRISTIAN UND ANNA MARIA SCHLEIMEN - EHELEUTE - MARTINUS HAFER ZIMMERMEISTER - 6 TEN JUNI 1780

THIS HOUSE IS BUILT OUT OF NEED AND NOT WITH SPLENDOR - THROUGH GOD'S HELP AND MAN'S POWER - CHRISTIAN AND ANNA MARIA SCHLEIMEN - MARRIED COUPLE - MARTINUS HAFER MASTERCARPENTER - 6TH JUNE 1780

Scheifer (Slate) Most houses in the Sauerland use slate for their roofing and many also use it for the siding. Slate that is quarried locally is light gray in color, and because it is getting scarce, it is highly valued over imported slate, which is a noticably darker shade of gray. This house in Lenne is unusual because the slate is a blue-gray color, plus it has a design worked into the siding that portrays a farmer sowing his seed.

Village Limits

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Mike Grobbel
Last revised: 16 December 2000
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