Horston Castle

Derbyshire, England

City/Town/Village: Kilburn
District: Amber Valley
County: Derbyshire
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9848, -1.44139
Postcode: DE21 5BJ
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the castle)



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Horston Castle was a Norman earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by Ralph de Buron. In the 1200s, King John founded the stone castle, when adding a keep, a chapel, a gatehouse and a barbican. Sadly the castle has been completely dismantled and disturbed by quarrying, with the only substantial remains being of the keep, which is defended by wide deep ditches to the north and east. Built into a boss of rock, which stands against the steep banks of the Bottle Brook, the most prominent features, are a fragment of wall with a sloping plinth and the remains of an angle tower, with a square mural chamber. The site has a dense cover of trees and is best viewed in winter.

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