Remains of Horsley Castle, Horsley - Amber Valley

A military royal castle from C12-C14, which overlooks the strategically important Derwent valley. The base of the small Norman keep partially survives. The area was quarried extensively in C19. Substantial masonry still remains, and walls are up to five metres high in places. The remains are in woodland under heavy scrub/ivy cover. There is some loss of stonework to the base of the keep and vegetation is extensive and intrusive.

Remains of Horsley Castle, Horsley - Amber Valley
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Horsley Castle tower keep castle
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1009293
  • Local Planning Authority: Amber Valley
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: Remains of Horsley Castle
  • County: Derbyshire
  • District / Borough: Amber Valley
  • Parish: Horsley
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Amber Valley
  • Region: East Midlands

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Unknown
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, CA