The ideal corner
The ideal corner is the term used the describe the area of Rødding and the neighbouring northern parishes of Lintrup, Hjerting and Skrave. There was a strong pro-Danish presence, also during Prussian rule from 1867 to 1920.
The pro-Danish presence expressed itself in countless ways. Grundtvigianism has deep roots in South Jutland. Under the Prussian rule, Danish culture was mostly equal to the Grundtvigian folk high school-influenced associations.
Denmark's first folk high school
The national associations saw a large increase in the years of foreign rule, and many young people were sent to Grundtvigian continuation schools and high schools in Denmark. Denmark's first folk high school was established in 1844 in Rødding, but closed down after the defeat in 1864. But before the closure, Rødding folk high school had made its mark on the region. Grundtvigianism stood strong.
South Jutland's first independent congregation was established here in 1874, and South Jutland's first assembly hall was built in Skrave parish in 1892. The term 'the ideal corner' is still often used in marketing of the local area.
Author: Linda Klitmøller, museum curator, Sønderskov Museum