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History of Hiedanranta

From village to an industrial area

Cavalry freehold era 1682–1872

The history of the settlement at Hiedanranta extends to the Middle Ages when the village of Lielahti was located in the area. The earliest written record on the settlement of the area dates back to the year of 1540, when there were seven houses in the village. In 1682, the houses of the village formed a cavalry freehold whose task was to provide a horseman and a horse to join war efforts.

For a long time, the cavalry freehold of Lielahti was owned by gentlefolk and it had various owners. In the 18th century, it was the manor of the Tollet family. In 1847‒1869, the estate was owned by Claes Alfred Stjernvall, Major General.

Manor era 1872–1904

In 1872, the owner of the Finlayson cotton mill, Wilhelm von Nottbeck, bought the Lielahti freehold for a country and summer residence. This marked the beginning of a prosperous period that lasted four decades.

In the 1890s, Wilhelm Fredrik von Nottbeck, who was the old cotton mill owner’s son and interested in technological and scientific developments of the time, established a large model farm at the estate. The building stock was renewed and in 1893, a manor-like main building was constructed. The building was surrounded by park and garden areas, as well as by the yards of the housing for the domestic servants and workers.

The specialities of the manor were a 200-metre-long cowhouse made of bricks that had space for 400 cows, and a 7-kilometre-long private railway, which was soon joined to the Tampere‒Pori railway line. The Nottbeck graveyard was also located on the manor’s land. Ten members of the family have been buried in the graveyard. The Nottbeck family gave up the estate in 1904.

Manor interior in the Nottbeck era at the turn of the century. Vapriikki photograph archive.

Factory era 1913–2008

The transformation of Hiedanranta into an industrial community started in 1913, when J. W. Enqvist Oy bought the manor estate and established, in its place, a sulphite pulp mill. In the same year, new building stock was constructed by the former cowhouse. The new buildings were designed by Birger Federley, a local architect.

In the 1930s, the mill gained a French owner and its expansion stopped due to the Great Depression and the war. It was not until the late 1940s that the growth and additional construction of the mill restarted. In 1965, A. Serlachius Oy bought the mill in order to extend its industrial production to the site.

From the 1970s onwards, new construction chiefly consisted of minor extensions. Cellulose manufacture ceased in 1985, but the production of lignin and chemi-mechanical refiner pulp continued at the old factory buildings.

In the 2000s, the mill was owned by M-Real. Industrial production in the area ceased in 2008. A new page in history was turned when the City of Tampere bought the area in 2014. The area was named Hiedanranta after the bottom of the bay of Lake Näsijärvi.

The gatekeeper’s house and the pumping station in an aerial image from the 1970s. Scan-Foto, Vapriikki photograph archive.


The texts on the pages are based on the information boards produced by Mikko Pollari, MA, scholar of history. The information boards tell about the history of the area and the individual buildings. You can also take a look at them online.