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Codnor High Street: Codnor Clock and Poet & Castle pub.

Codnor parish highlighted within Derbyshire
Population 4,966 
OS grid reference
District Amber Valley
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RIPLEY
Postcode district DE5
Dialling code 01773
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Amber Valley
List of places

Codnor is a Derbyshire village and civil parish in the Amber Valley district, and a former mining community, with a population of nearly 5,000. It is approximately 12 miles from the city of Derby and 14 miles from Nottingham by road.


  • History 1
  • Sport 2
  • Red, White and Blue Festival 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Geography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


It is listed in an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086, the great survey commissioned by William the Conqueror. A mill and church were mentioned, and also the fact that "Warner holds it".[1] Coalmining had a long history locally, and was, at one time, responsible for subsidence damage to some buildings.Opencast mining is still in operation today within the area and the land around the castle has also been subject to this. The adjoining farm is currently for sale with planning permission for residential development.

One mile east of the village centre is Codnor Castle; the original Norman earthwork 'motte and bailey' was built by William Peveril, (Peveril of the Peak, who also built the better known Peveril Castle at Castleton). The 13th century stone structure which replaced it is now in ruins. The castle was formerly held by the powerful de Grey family. The castle overlooks the valley of the little River Erewash, which forms the county boundary between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and the now defunct section of the Cromford Canal. The castle was the subject of an investigation by archaeological television programme Time Team - first aired on 6 January 2008 - which discovered many new facts about the structure, as well as unearthing a solid gold coin, a 'noble' of Henry V.

At one time, the village had a railway station (Crosshill and Codnor) which was operated as part of the Midland Railway. The branch line was torn up when colliery traffic waned, and the only signs of it that are now left are a converted station yard and some embankments.

Codnor also had three Methodist chapels, all in the Ripley Circuit, as well as the Anglican church of St James, at Crosshill. The village was also the birthplace of the noted Victorian phrenologist 'Professor' Joseph Millott Severn, who authored the book My Village: Owd Codnor and funded a set of alms houses in the centre of the village, which still stand to this day.

In recent years, the village has had traffic problems, especially in the rush hour, and traffic coming into Codnor can sometimes be at a complete stand-still. This is because the A610 (the main road to/from Nottingham) goes through Codnor, carrying traffic to Ripley, and further places such as Matlock. Codnor also used to be served by trams; the 'Ripley Rattler' (so-called), used to travel between that town and Nottingham. These were quite notorious, and were even the subject of a short story - "Tickets Please"[2] - by local writer D. H. Lawrence (born 4 miles away, in Eastwood). The standards, which had carried the electric power lines for the trams, and the later trolley buses, were not removed until the early 1960s.

Codnor is close to the larger communities of Ripley and Heanor.


Codnor has its own golf club, Ormonde Fields.

Codnor has a cricket club which has been in existence since 1924. Whilst having some difficult times in the early stages of the club, the club now plays at a competitive standard in the Derbyshire county league and fields both a 1st and 2nd eleven as well as two youth teams. The club currently play on Goose Lane, which used to be home to Codnor Miners Welfare before it was shut down in 2007.

Codnor also has two football teams. There is Codnor FC, who play in the Derby City Football League, and Codnor Miners FC - who play in the East Midlands Senior League [3][4]

Red, White and Blue Festival

The British National Party held its Red, White and Blue festival from 2007-2009 off Codnor-Denby Lane, to the south of Codnor. It was cancelled in 2010.[3]

Notable people


North West Ripley, Butterley North: Golden Valley, Riddings, Somercotes North East: Ironville, Jacksdale
West: Waingroves, Ripley Codnor East: Codnor Castle, Stoneyford, Brinsley
South West: Denby, Kilburn South: Loscoe, Heanor South East: Langley Mill, Eastwood


  1. ^ Codnor in the Domesday book online accessed June 2007
  2. ^ Transcript of "Tickets Please"
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph 04 June 2010 BNP Festival Cancelled

External links

  • Codnor & District Local History & Heritage website - official website
  • Codnor - location map
  • Codnor Castle
  • Heanor and District Local History Society, whose site covers the Codnor area.
  • Time Team - Codnor Castle programme page
  • Codnor news from the Derby Telegraph
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