Beautiful historic buildings in Derbyshire are in serious danger of being lost forever

The Derbyshire landscape is painted with historic heritage sites dotted across the countryside.

Unfortunately, the condition of many historic buildings has deteriorated due to neglect or even damage from the public.

Every year, Historic England updates the Heritage List in Danger which represents the sites most threatened and in most need to be safeguarded for the future.

Risky landmarks in Derbyshire range from crumbling medieval castles to crumbling coke ovens from the county’s industrial past.

Here are some of the buildings on the list:

Cowdale Quarry, Limestone Mining and Processing Site – Bakewell Road, King Strendale

Remains of a limestone mining site, the heritage site reported unauthorized access and damage to the building.

The quarry is a category A site which requires immediate attention otherwise there is a risk of deterioration beyond restoration.

Remains of Codnor Castle – Castle Lane, Aldercar and Langley Mill



Codnor Castle in Derbyshire is in danger

Dating from the early 13th century, the wall is at risk of collapsing and needs to be temporarily supported.

Church of the Holy Trinity – Derby Road, Milford, Belper

Dating from 1848, the church has been the subject of property crimes as well as damage related to bad weather.

The inadequate drainage of rainwater at ground level damaged the building and the roof is also in need of repair.

Remains of Horsley Castle – Horsley

A royal military castle overlooking the Derwent Valley, the remains are under dense foliage and there are some stonework losses.

The area around the castle was largely exploited in the 19th century and at the time of writing no solution has been agreed for the castle.

Lumsdale Mills – Town of Matlock / Tansley



In the photo above, Lumsdale Mills was abandoned in the 1920s and is at high risk of collapsing.
In the photo above, Lumsdale Mills was abandoned in the 1920s and is at high risk of collapsing.

Abandoned in the 1920s, the mills have serious and significant problems with a high risk of collapse.

Owned by a charity, the mills are surrounded by tranquil waterfalls and make for a very photogenic scene.

Brampton Manor barn – Old Hall Road, Chesterfield

Building from the beginning of the 17th century, the barn is in very poor condition especially after a vehicle caused damage in 2019.

South Wingfield Station Building – Holm Lane, South Wingfield

One of the first train stations in the world, the building needs immediate repair or is in danger of collapsing.



Closed in the late 1960s, South Wingfield station was in danger of collapsing
Closed in the late 1960s, South Wingfield station was in danger of collapsing

Coke Ovens – Unstone near Halfacre Lane

Used to convert mined coal into industrial coal, the coke ovens near Unstone are covered in proliferation and showing the first signs of decay.

Stable Block and Coach House at Longford Hall Farm – Long Lane, Longford

Built in 1760 by Derby architect Joseph Pickford, the stable block requires repairs to the stable roof.

Moulin Nord, Pont Pied – Belper

One of the earliest examples of a “fireproof” mill, previous repairs fail and a complete roof repair is required and the mill basement is prone to flooding.



The Cowdale Quarry was a limestone mining site that reported property damage
The Cowdale Quarry was a limestone mining site that reported property damage

Walton Works – Walton Fields Road, Brampton – Chesterfield

A former cotton wick mill, it is in very poor condition despite high value repairs carried out in the past.

Church of St Peter – The Green, Edensor, Derbyshire Dales

Famous for having buried JFK’s sister there, the wall of the north nave of St. Peter’s Church suffered from constant exposure to water.

Barlborough Hall – Ward Lane, Barlborough

Some parts of the room date from the end of the 16th century, several porches of the building have suffered significant erosion.

South Wingfield Manor Farm – South Wingfield

South Wingfield Manor Farm has holes in its roof due to slipped stones and the vegetation growing inside.

A full list of at-risk Derbyshire heritage sites can be found on the interactive map below:

Endangered historic buildings in Derbyshire

Interactive map of endangered historic buildings in Derbyshire

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Historic England says: “The Heritage in Danger Register informs communities about the state of their local neighborhood.

“It encourages people to become actively involved in caring for what is precious to them and also reassures them that all public funding goes to the most needy and urgent cases.

“The Buildings at Risk project has proven that the registry works. We published the first national register of buildings at risk in 1998.

“We have now been fighting heritage at risk for over 20 years, and more than two-thirds of England’s historic sites listed in 1998 have since seen their future secure.”

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