Codnor Castle

Derbyshire, England

City/Town/Village: Marlpool
District: Amber Valley
County: Derbyshire
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9997, -1.35477
Postcode: DE75 7DB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the castle)


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Codnor Castle was a Norman earth and timber enclosure fortress or fortified manor house, founded by William Peveril. In the 13th century, Henry de Gray founded the stone castle, by adding a citadel on the angle of a large inner bailey curtain wall. On the site of the platform, stands a ruinous first floor hall house, with fragments of lodgings built against a curtain wall, flanked by rectangular turrets. The two wards are divided by a curtain wall, flanked by a twin towered gatehouse and round angle towers. In the lower ward, is a length of high curtain wall with a projecting garderobe turret and a 17th century farmhouse, with earlier masonry. Sadly the site has been disturbed by ironstone quarrying, leaving only fragments of the surrounding wet ditches.

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