The village of Kloster takes its name from a monastery (kloster in Swedish) called Gudsberga that once existed in the village. In the fifteenth century there was an ironworks on the site, and Sweden’s biggest gunpowder factory was founded here in the eighteenth century.
In its heyday the ironworks employed about 900 people, but today there are fewer than 50 inhabitants. The Kloster ironworks was closed in 1888. The ironworks museum, housed in the old stables, tells you more about the history of the industry.