Prosperity in the middle age
When Rubjerg Church was built around 1180, the parish must have been rich. This is testified to by the church's relatively large size. It was built in that part of the parish that most densely populated, which is in accordance with the old folk tale that there was a village north of the church. It can be difficult to understand today, but, before the sand drift covered it all, there was good, agricultural soil. This can be seen when one digs down beneath the sand and finds plough marks everywhere.
Hard times in the 1600's
The sand drift raged, and the population of the northern part of the parish moved. In around 1600 the church stood abandoned in a desert-like landscape. It was first 100 years later, in 1724, that it got the company of a new parish clerk residence, which was built where the Wreck Master's Farm stands today.
The move of the church
Up through the 1800's the people of the parish became more and more tired of the long way through the dunes to the church. In 1904 the church was torn down and rebuilt 2 km. further south, where the people of the parish lived.
See the church's surroundings through time in the time machine.