It was created in 1460 through the occupation of the until then independent Schenkenberg rule by Bern . The von Baldegg family has owned the estate since 1451 and was transformed into a Bernese bailiff and, as Oberamt Schenkenberg, comprised the offices of Thalheim , Densbüren , Veltheim , Bözen , Bözberg , Stilli and Hottwil . The bailiff resided at Schenkenberg Castle in the main town of Thalheim until 1720 and then moved to the nearby Wildenstein Castle near Veltheim.
The office of Schenkenberg was of great strategic importance for the Bernese rule, as it had an important pass, the Bözberg, into the Fricktal , which at that time belonged to Upper Austria . With the conquest of Switzerland by the French, the office of Schenkenberg was dissolved in March 1798.
List of Obervögte zu Schenkenberg (1447 to 1798)
- Johann Rudolf von Luternau : Necessary and unpredictable report on the prevailing question, whether it would be more useful and useful for the high class to rebuild the dilapidated castle on Schenckenberg. Or to pull the […] Castle […] Wildenstein to yourself? , .
- Hans Jacob Leu : General Helvetian, Eydgenößisches, or Schweitzerisches LEXICON , Volume 16, Zurich, 1760, pages 289 ff. (Google Books)
- Schenkenberg Castle in Thalheim on swisscastles.ch (last accessed on July 7, 2019).