Husaby was older -- built about 1040, and now a ruin.
Skaun Church was built in about 1183, and begins the pilgrim path from Skaun to Nidaros, the Cathedral in Trondheim where Saint Olav is said to be buried, deep in it somewhere. Norway is webbed with pilgrim ways to Nidaros, see http://pilegrimsleden.no/en/map/walk/trondelag-fra-skaun-til-nidarosdomen/. The routes lead to the supposed resting place of Norway's patron saint, Olav II, Olaf Haroldsson, a/k/a Olav the Fat or Olaf the Stout or Olaf the Thick, later St. Olav, was killed in battle at Stiklestad, north of Trondheim, in 1030. He had begun or continued the forced conversion of Norwegians to Christianity (begun by Olav I?), to unite the nation under something against Denmark's incursions, and sought to regain the throne after an earlier defeat by King Canute of Denmark (who at the time ruled England, Denmark and Norway).
Olav. Olaf. Use all spellings in searches. Why is Olaf considered a saint? Hard to figure. Forcing conversions to unify and buttress his own power as king over a disparate group of people is hardly an entry ticket to holiness.
From the information board: This is a best effort, with church and museum closed, this is what we found. Not quotes, but as close as I can....
SKAUN CHURCH. History. The oldest church in Skaun was a little stone church, the ruins of which are still seen at Husaby (nearby). This (Husaby) was a private chapel on the property of the local chief, built approximately 1040. Skaun Church in the middle ages was named Vinjar Church and it was built 100 years later, probably so the whole village (could attend). In the south gate, a stone-mason's mark was discovered, identical to one in the exterior wall of the octagon at Nidaros Caathedral. Due to these marks, the church can be dated back to 1180.Like the majority of churches in this country, it was appropriated by the Danish governors. It was (___) but in 1790 the villagers managed to purchase the church for 1300 riksdaler.Architecture: Skaun Church is a stone church in early Gothic style, but with thick walls and round arched windows in the Roman style. The thick stone walls were built of uncut stone, but soap-stone was used in the corners and in the windows and door arches. The soap-stone is believed to have been taken from a quarry at Eidslimarka in Skaun. In 1650, the church was given a new tower and the chancel gable and the upper part of the east gable of the nave were rebuilt. The porch, in cross-jointed timber, containing the vestry for the clergy and baptismal vestry was built in 1949.
Was this doorway blocked in 1949 when the new porch was built?**** (details of size, etc.)
4. Side private doorway to chancel..
The entry to the sanctuary altar area would be used by clergy and others (including coffins??) for services. The chancel is the area, often steps, leading up to the sanctuary. In old churches, there might be wood or stone screening between the nave and the sanctuary.5. Side entry to nave, now reduced to window status.
The nave is where the people sit. The 1949 porch is to the right, and used now as the entrance.6. This kind of skinny steeple dates from the 1700's.
More likely, a square, more squat belltower was on the building, or even beside it, earlier. This little steeple looks out of place for a Romanesque-window and arch and early Gothic church mix.
Early stone churches were dim. The large iron staple toward the top small window opening would stabilize the stonework.
Early churches with the little windows were also useful as refuge points. Some used alabaster in the windows. What was used here?