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.
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, sadly, 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 6th 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). Sadly, 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 no less than 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 and author, 'Professor' Joseph Millott Severn. This local worthy wrote the delightful book, My Village: Owd Codnor as well as funding a fine 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 here, 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 has its own golf club, Ormonde Fields.
Codnor also boasts 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 now hosts 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.
|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|