***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.

***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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