Where the old Tiller church disappeared

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Once the Tiller church stood on the hilltop immediately right of the present road. Correct, there is no hilltop there, Thursday 7 March 1816 the hill collapsed, turning into a clay soup clogging the river Nidelva for a while. Fifty hectares of land were affected, fifteen persons were killed, and of the church only a piece of the altar was found. The road now runs on a narrow ridge, this is even more pronounced for the farm road that continues straight ahead. The public road turns sharply left onto another narrow ridge probably left by earlier landslides. Only clay once deposited in saltwater (marine clay), abundant in this area, may collapse. But water (combined with frost and thaw) softens all clay, and depressed road edges are common, often repaired by more asphalt. Look at the right railing and the streetlight pole, I wonder when that cable will break.
(2007-03-07, by chance exactly 191 years after)

The church that disappeared, the third Tiller Church, had been used for only 14 years. A new one was built close to the old site and used from 1820 on. The fifth and present Tiller church present Tiller church present Tiller church stands a couple of kilometers to the north and has been used since 1901.

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