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GODULA

          

 

The beginnings of the Godula settlement were closely connected with the development of industry in Upper Silesia. The industrial businessman Karol Godula wanted to build a zinc smelter in the area. Although the enterprise was interrupted by his death in 1848, it was his legal advisor, Ludwik Scheffler, who began the construction of the smelter. The plant, finished in 1855, received the name of Godullahütte to honour its originator. In 1858, the Opole district authorities gave permission to give this name to the zinc smelter and the nearby settlement. The Godullahütte settlement which thus came into being was part of the commune of Orzegów, and it consisted of a small workers’ settlement by the smelter (today the area of ul. Stara and ul. Przedszkolna). Other brick buildings, mostly one-storey, and a school, were built in the years 1858-1861. The smelter was stopped in 1919 and pulled apart in 1920-22. A nail factory, which survived until 1934, was located in the area. By virtue of a 26 June 1875 ordinance, the Schaffgotsch Gutsbezirk (Prussian administrational unit) was excluded from the Orzegów commune and a new administrational unit called the Orzegów Gutsbezirk was created. The town of Godullahütte became a seat of this Gutsbezirk, which included Godula, the mine in Orzegów, Chebzie, the railway station, the territories of the Morgenroth and Gute Hoffnung steelworks, Paweł mine, Zofia and Schlegel shaft and Kopanina manor. The Gutsbezirke were liquidated on 1 May 1924 and the commune of Godula was instituted in their place. Godula was incorporated into Ruda in 1951.

 

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HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT*

*The table includes only selected historic objects from the area of district

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