The Gustavian war and fire of Anjala manor

In 1788 the King Gustav III decided to start a war against Russia, mainly because he wanted to improve his status and popularity. The formal reason for the war was a small border conflict, and in July 1788 the Swedish-Finnish troops marched over the River Kymi in Anjala. An old tradition tells that Gustav III watched the troops marching to Russia from the top of the Church Mountain. The place was after that named “The Kings Throne”.

The war calmed down for the winter, but the battles began again the next summer. In July the first manor of Anjala was destroyed in the artillery fire by Russian troops. An old tradition tells that the king was watching the fire and destruction of the manor from the Church Mountain. Next to the king was the lord of the manor, Rabbe Gottlieb Wrede. The king advised Rabbe Wrede to go and look after his property, but he said that “his place is beside the king”. Rabbe Wrede remained loyal to the king for his whole life, and he never swore loyalty to the Russian emperor.

The peace in Gustav III´s War was made in August 1790. The border remained the same as before the war.