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Codnor Castle Heritage Trust - Partial Collapse Of Outbuildings

Published on Wednesday 20 May 2020

A statement from Codnor Castle Heritage Trust

Since lockdown has been in place there has been massively increased footfall at Codnor Castle. We know the vast majority of you dog-walkers, hikers and cyclists treat the site responsibly, but we're finding increasing numbers of people wandering into the old farmyard, parts of which are extremely dangerous.

There has now been a partial collapse of one of the outbuildings in the old courtyard. The roof of this building was held in place by solid metal props, and w...e're working through the security footage with the owner and the police Rural Crime Team to see if vandalism was responsible.

Please be aware that the public footpaths only cover the field around the old castle keep (shown in red on the map), and do not extend into the lower part of the site near the farmhouse, or anywhere around the farmhouse.

In short, for your safety's sake, please keep to the area around the public footpaths, and do not enter the area around the farmhouse and farmyard.

The old milking-parlour and the outbuildings around the courtyard have suffered several collapses over the past few years, and it's only been a matter of luck that no one has been inside at the time. We're now working with the owner to replace the warning signs that were in place, but which were torn down.


As the charitable historic trust with the official duty of looking after the Codnor Castle site, we do occasionally open up the farmyard to visitors on open days, but only after taping off the areas that are not to be entered. There will be no such events for the foreseeable future, so any events you might see advertised are certainly not operated by the Trust, and should be reported either to the Trust or Historic England.

We formed as a group of local people who love Codnor Castle, and want to see it kept open and made available for future generations, and for the most part you have shown us that's what you want too. Let us now work together to keep the site, and its visitors, safe.

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