The estate is what is called a royal estate, ie. an older property belonging to the crown which was the king's estate or residence to the royal trustee. It was originally Gustav Vasa who started with the habit of withdrawing church and other property to the state and then benefiting from it himself. In 1525, Starby became a royal estate. It is said that Gustav Vasa, as the new king, was visiting Starby and was well and abundantly cared for here. (The menu is described at the County Museum in Linköping.) When the king then inventoried the country's assets in the form of potential royal estates, Starby was of course on the list.
Kungs Starby estate previously had an old main building that was built in the turn of the 17th / 18th century. It was demolished in 1979 when it was poorly used for water and poor maintenance. A strong contributing factor to this was that the building was used as a grain warehouse during the 20th century. Cereals, as is well known, emit moisture during drying. A new main building had been built as early as 1914 and it is the building that today is Kungs Starby course yard and after new property formations is the closest neighbor to us. The new main building now houses a restaurant, hotel and a spa.
In the 1760s, the original wing buildings were in very poor condition and in 1762 new ones were built. The south wing is today largely preserved on the outside. The Alströmer family now lives there. The north wing burned down in 1769 and the same year it was rebuilt in the way we can see today. The right part (which has smaller windows) is from that time.
In Tuneld's geography part 5 over Östergötland Printed in 1831 you will find the following:
St Pers parish of Aska Härad, In this parish is marked:
Starby Kungsladugård, 1/8 mil from Wadstena, 10 1/2 homes.
Colonel Baron N von Ungern Sternberg received Starby in 1736 on lease from the Crown and in 1745 Chamberlain Baron E Funck.
In 1757, according to the decision of the Riksens Ständer, Kungsgården was leased to the stakeholders in the Kammarduksfabriken in Wadstena and was leased especially by Assessorn G. Vult von Steyern until 1801. Majoren m.m. H. S. Vult von Steyern was a tenant in 1829.
The lessee is committed to operating the Kammarduks-, Linne- och Drälls factory in Wadstena, expanding the linen culture and preparation in the Dutch way and maintaining a German Shepherd's herd.Original text (in Swedish):
"St Pers socken af Aska Härad,I denna socken märkes:
Starby Kungsladugård, 1/8 mil från Wadstena, 10 1/2 hemman.
Översten Baron N von Ungern Sternberg emottog Starby år 1736 till arrende af Kronan och år 1745 Kammarherren Baron E Funck.
År 1757 blef Kungsgården, enligt Riksens Ständers beslut, upplåten till intressenterna i Kammarduksfabriken i Wadstena och arrenderades särskilt af Assessorn G. Vult von Steyern till år 1801. Majoren m.m. H. S. Vult von Steyern var arrendator år 1829.
Arrendatorn är förbunden att drifva Kammarduks-, Linne- och Drälls-fabriken i Wadstena, utvidga linnekulturen och beredningen på Holländska sättet samt underhålla ett schäferi af Spanska får."
A curiosity in connection with the Spanish sheep is that Assessor G. Vult von Steyern must have bought these sheep from the current owner's ancestor, Jonas Alströmer. He was the only one who at that time had the right to import these highly coveted animals to countries outside Spain.
In ancient times the estate included
along with subordinate farms and crofts about 700 hectares as well as fishing at the Vättern islands Stora and
Lilla Röknen, Erkerna, Fjuk and Jungfrun. The estate stretched from Lake Vättern
in the north to Strå estate in the south and Kalvestad. It reached Åbylund and Kedevadgårdarna
and Mjölna in the southwest and Ullevid in the west. Eastern Starby with brickworks was included
Labor was obtained mainly from about 20 crofts, mainly around Rismarken and southeast and southern borders.
A large part of the area consisted of pastures (for the Spanish sheep?) that were flooded of the Mjölnaån river that meandered in streamers. In its lower course framed the river the old-fashioned garden at the old corps de logiet and then through Starbyparken down towards the railway bridge to eventually flow out into Lake Vättern. There have always been problems with flooding of the river. October 27, 1649 had man deep water on Starby bog and had to resort to emergency slaughter of the cattle.
In a extension to the north wing, a farm dairy was established. Around 1910 it was changed again further to carpentry shop and farm smithy with for that time an advanced machinery from a disused mechanical workshop. Probably it was at this one time, as the old farm smithy with land in the Tuledet itself was subdivided and taken over by the farm smith (Fredriksson with sons).