Welcome to Stavensbølgade, which in contrast to Storegade is straight as a die and was laid out by the duke. It was originally called “Hauptstraße” (High Street), but the name was later changed to Stavensbølgade after the village Stavnsbøl, which the duke purchased and demolished in order to establish Augustenborg.
Stavensbølgade was originally lined with lime trees on each side creating a distinguished access road to the town.
While the court officials of the duke, the so-called “court officers”, lived closest to the palace, most of the master builders and craftsmen of the town lived in Stavensbølgade.
In no. 5, the former bakery, lived the duke’s master builder Christian August Bohlsmann, and in the next-door house, no. 7, lived the master builder of Augustenborg, Hans Petersen Bram, called “Bleshøy”, who was a trained carpenter. The rest of the houses were largely inhabited by craftsmen with trades ranging from baker to blacksmith, saddler, coachbuilder, wheelwright and plumber. These were hand-picked craftsmen from both sides of the current border.
For example, plumber Johan Frank, who lived in no. 35, was hired after he carried the duchess ashore when the ship of the ducal couple could not dock in Åbenrå due to low tide on their return trip from Copenhagen.
Visit no. 21 and no. 23 to hear more about the houses of the craftsmen and their occupants.
A visit to Augustenborg Cemetery at the eastern end of Stavensbølgade is highly recommended. There you can find many listed graves from the two Schleswig wars, as well as listed tombstones of patients who died at the state hospital.