***Important Notice***

Sadly all events has been cancelled amid the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

COVID-19 - an update from Codnor Castle Heritage Trust

In the light of the measures announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening, we have taken the unprecedented step of cancelling all bookings at Codnor Castle. If you had booked a paranormal evening, school trip or other visit you should already have been contacted. This is in addition to the temporary suspension of open days announced last week.

As we operate with the full co-operation of the owner of the site, members of the Trust will still be performing regular security checks of the site, in tandem with the local police's Safer Neighbourhood Team (whose assistance we gratefully acknowledge). We would therefore respectfully ask that if you do walk to the castle as part of your daily exercise routine, please take any litter home with you. We frequently have to pick up food wrappers and drinks cans: given the present circumstances we'd rather not.

GREAT NEWS!!

Great news!!, plans were given the go-ahead for our new visitor centre at Codnor Castle and the heritage trust was given a 99-year lease on the land.

Rokia Brown, chair of the Codnor Castle Heritage Trust, says the visitor centre will allow people to learn more about the history of the castle, which has been left in ruins for hundreds of years. She says it will also increase the chances of finding out more about the site by giving better access for archaeological excavations, and consolidating the ruins.

Ms Brown said: "The castle, along with Nottingham Castle, was one of the administrative centres for Sherwood Forest, which used to stretch into Derbyshire. "There's a strong history to Codnor Castle - some of the De Greys were Sheriff of Nottingham and one of them was even present for the signing of the Magna Carta. "It was a very important castle."

It comes as part of an application to convert historic farm buildings, which back onto the site of the castle, into three dwellings.

This application, officially listed as being at Castle Farm, in Castle Lane, Codnor Park, Ironville, was approved by Amber Valley Borough Council in October.

A note from Rokia Brown, chairman of Codnor Castle Heritage Trust:

The CCHT is very pleased to announce that the confirmation of the planning proposal for the Trust (AVA/2018/0387) is now available to view on the planning portal of Amber Valley Borough Council's website:

https://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/.../view-a-planning.../

CCHT has now secured a 99-year lease with a legal foothold on the Castle site. This includes a visitor centre, which will provide a social benefit, and a tourist attraction where people can gather, and learn, and experience the Castle and its rich heritage in the interest of cultural well-being.

Tourism from the visitor centre will bring spending that will also benefit other businesses in the borough.

The secured 99-year lease will finally enable the Trust to:

• Sustain and enhance the significance of this heritage asset.

• Remove risks to the heritage asset

• Secure the optimum viable use of Codnor Castle in support of its long-term future projects and accessing funding for future consolidation of the ruins.

It has taken a very stressful two and a half years for the planning application to come to fruition, and be passed. Thank you to all our supporters throughout the years who have cheered us up, reminded us why we are doing this, and for all your positive encouragement which has kept the Trust going!

Rokia Brown

***Collapsed building - an urgent update***

Following on from last week's roof collapse in one of the outbuildings, an on-site inspection was carried out last night (Wednesday).

 

Due to the forces being applied by the remaining section of roof, the rear wall of the outbuilding is bowing over towards the path down to the farmhouse.

This poses an extreme danger to members of the public, and this path has been blocked at the top of the steps.

For your own safety, please avoid this area of the site, and keep to the public footpaths, which are located in the area around the north court,

and do not extend to the farmhouse.

If you were out around Codnor castle earlier today you'd have seen our chairman, Rokia Brown, placing our new signs around the site. We've had to wait a while for them to arrive (thanks to lockdown), but we hope they make the situation clear: the area around the farmhouse and farmyard is a private part of the site, much of which is extremely dangerous, and much of it made worse by selfish behaviour over the past few months.

Why have we had to do this? Well, this is the sight we're regularly faced with when we carry out security checks on the castle site: a sticky, filthy mess of lager cans, drinks bottles, sandwich wrappers, dirty nappies, and more.

We're having to clean up your mess because you can't be bothered to. It's quite a simple rule to remember: if you brought it with you, take it away with you, it doesn't matter whether it's Codnor Castle, the Peak District or the beach. Show some respect for your fellow users of the site.

If you're unclear about which part of the site can be accessed, there are public footpaths across the upper field near the North Court (the old keep). These are led to by stiles around the perimeter of the field. Please stick to these footpaths.

The oldest part of Codnor Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Its walls are over 800 years old. You wouldn't climb Stonehenge to take a selfie, so please leave the walls in peace for future generations. Respect the site, and respect the countryside around it. We're here because we love the Castle, and we want it to be here for our grandchildren, and their grandchildren.

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