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Coordinates: 53°02′35″N 1°22′23″W / 53.0430°N 1.3730°W / 53.0430; -1.3730

Codnor
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Codnor Castle.
Codnor is located in Derbyshire
Codnor

 Codnor shown within Derbyshire
Population 4,966 
OS grid reference SK43364998
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: UK • England • Derbyshire

Codnor is a Derbyshire village 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.

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History

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, but was replaced by light industry in the 1970s.

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 a 'Time Team' investigation - 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. There is now a very active Codnor Castle Preservation Society.

At one time, the village had a railway station (at Crosshill) which was operated as part of the Midland Railway (the original charter of which was drawn up at the Sun Inn in nearby Eastwood). 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 by local writer D. H. Lawrence (born 4 miles away, in Eastwood). The standards, which had carried the electric power lines for the trams, were not removed until the early 1960s.

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

Sport

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 a football team called Codnor Miners FC, who play in the East Midlands Senior League [1][2]

Red, White and Blue Festival

Codnor has played host to the British National Party's annual Red, White and Blue festival since 2007.

The event takes place on private land, off Codnor-Denby Lane, to the south of the village. In 2008 and 2009, there were counter-demonstrations and organised marches, commencing at the Market Place and terminating at the church, at the start of Codnor-Denby Lane. There has always been a massive police presence, including mounted units and a camera-equipped drone; the estimated security costs in 2009 were half a million Pounds Sterling.

Notable people

Geography

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

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