"... The name Abbot's Kitchen suggests that the abbots used to cook here or that they cooked for them. Whether that was actually the case, however, is beyond my knowledge. What is certain is that this area belonged to the Werden monastery very early on and thus to the former Benedictine abbey, which was headed by an abbot. At some point the monastery lost its ownership rights, so that the abbey bought back the Hetterscheidt farm around 1317. Werden monastery owned several such so-called saddle farms (here in Hetterscheid this was the Hof zum Hof) , where the surrounding farms all had to pay their interest in kind (grain, cattle, other services, etc.).
For a long time, the Hetterscheid farm (also known as the Hetterscheid house or castle) was the place of residence for an abbot who was too happy to enjoy himself. It is said to be Conrad Graf von Gleichen, who was abbot of Werden from 1452 - 1474. Conrad von Gleichen was expelled from the Werden Abbey through a monastery reform. The Hetterscheidt house was assigned to him for life and since then this area has been called the “Abbot's Kitchen”. He died in this place just two years later. The so-called grain mill, which was operated by the water of the Vogelsangbach, once stood here. ... "
February 6, 2021
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