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von Windbuchse (US), 2014-09-30, 10:44  like dislike  Spam?  
In 1787, the Austrian Army have built some batteries...

Full sentence is
Diese vier Batterien lagen in einer Reihe zunächst eines alten Meierhofes und waren an beiden Flügeln durch Redouten geschützt.

Rough translation is:
These four batteries were first in a series of old farm Meier and were protected on both wings by redoubts.

It looks to me like Meierhofes  means farm houses or buildings. However the only thing that makes me think that is a painting: Die Verteidigung des Meierhofes La Haye Sainte bei Waterloo 1815.  Where the fighting appears to be going on around some farm buildings.
I need to ask because, other than this one clue, there just doesn't seem to be any other references.

Help is much appreciated.
Meier / Meierei...  #771857
von Ivy (DE), 2014-09-30, 10:49  like dislike  Spam?  
... these are old words meaning

Meier = dairy farmer
Meierei = dairy farm

So Meierhof could mean that it is / was a dairy farm...
von Windbuchse (US), 2014-09-30, 10:55  like dislike  Spam?  
So, I now have:

These four batteries were next to a series of old dairy farm buildings and were protected on both wings by redoubts.
von ddr (AT), Last modified: 2014-09-30, 11:07  like dislike  Spam?  
a Meierei is certainly a dairy farm (or a place that sells dairy products), but for Meierhof see here:
Wikipedia(EN): Meierhof
ddr  #771862
von Ivy (DE), 2014-09-30, 11:11  like dislike  Spam?  
wieder was gelernt. ;o)
von Windbuchse (US), 2014-09-30, 11:33  like dislike  Spam?  
Glad I asked the question. Aways fun to learn new things.

Translation is now
These four batteries were next to a series of old farm buildings and were protected on both wings by redoubts.
The batteries were in a row it says nothing about a row of buildings  #771864
von Lisa4dict loggedout, 2014-09-30, 11:45  like dislike  Spam?  99.11.162....
These four batteries were in a row next to what used to be an administrator's farming estate and were protected on both wings by redoubts.
"alt" can mean both the age of a building and that it's no longer used for it's original purpose.
Thanks!  #771867
von Windbuchse (US), 2014-09-30, 12:08  like dislike  Spam?  
All the help much appreciated. Makes the picture clear.
Meier ~ villicus > steward [rural administrator, manager of a country estate, rural estate manager]  #771888
von Proteus-, 2014-09-30, 13:55  like dislike  Spam?  194.96.55....
Source 2    #771889
von Proteus-, 2014-09-30, 13:56  like dislike  Spam?  194.96.55....
Meierhof > steward's manse / steward's farm  #771892
von Proteus-, 2014-09-30, 14:03  like dislike  Spam?  194.96.55....
All these things were exacted and collected by the steward, whom they called Villicus, or Major (Mayor). He was a very hard-worked man, and when one reads the seventy separate and particular injunctions which Charlemagne addressed to his stewards one cannot help feeling sorry for him. He had to get all the right services out of the tenants, and tell them what to do each week and see that they did it; he had to be careful that they brought the right number of eggs and pigs up to the house, and did not foist off warped or badly planed planks upon him. He had to look after the household serfs too, and set them to work. He had to see about storing, or selling, or sending off to the monastery the produce of the estate and of the tenants' rents; and every year he had to present [pg 023] a full and detailed account of his stewardship to the abbot. He had a manse of his own, with services and rents due from it, and Charlemagne exhorted his stewards to be prompt in their payments, so as to set a good example. Probably his official duties left him very little time to work on his own farm, and he would have to put in a man to work it for him, as Charlemagne bade his stewards do. Often, however, he had subordinate officials called deans under him, and sometimes the work of receiving and looking after the stores in the big house was done by a special cellarer.
Meierhof (Gebäude, Haus) > steward's farm building / steward's farmhouse  #771919
von Proteus-, 2014-09-30, 20:19  like dislike  Spam?  194.118.52....
alten Meierhofes  #771979
von Windbuchse (US), 2014-10-01, 14:29  like dislike  Spam?  
I think it is interesting to note the history of Belgrade when considering.  Austria had control of Belgrade from 1717-1738 and during this time they made considerable economic improvements, so, it is possible that these Meierhofes were built during this time. The Turkish  were less interested in economic development of the area so when the Austrians were again at the gates of Belgrade in 1789, it's likely that these were indeed alten "old" Meierhofes.

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