Historical urban development of Gruzdžiai

Algimantas Miškinis

Based on written (inventories etc.), iconographic and historiographical sources, a historical urban development of Gruzdžiai in 17th–20th centuries is discussed in the paper, thus, presenting a certain history synthesis of the town. It is noted that in 1636, the Zamūšė (Gruzdžiai) township founded in a village site or nearby was in the very centre of the Šiupyliai (Zamūšė) parish, thus, having favourable conditions for its development.

The paper discusses the development of the township and its urban sites: streets, squares, houses, inns, church, and other objects, as well as population structure and dynamics and economic activities.