Horston Castle

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Horston Castle
Amber Valley, Derbyshire
Horston Castle as it stands today.jpg
Horston Castle (2007)
Horston Castle is located in Derbyshire
Horston Castle
Horston Castle
Coordinates 52°59′05″N 1°26′34″W / 52.98483°N 1.44288°W / 52.98483; -1.44288
Site information
Condition ruined
Official name Horsley Castle tower keep castle
Designated 31 October 1962
Reference no. 1009293

Horston Castle (sometimes spelt Horeston and also known as Horsley Castle)[1] is about 1 mile to the south of the village of Horsley, some 5 miles north of the English city of Derby (grid reference SK375432). The ruinous site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument but, as at 2008, is a Building at Risk.

It was a Norman motte and bailey castle which was founded by Ralph de Buron. In the 13th century King John built a stone castle, adding a keep, a chapel, a gatehouse and a barbican. In 1514 it was granted by Henry VIII to the Duke of Norfolk as a reward for services against the Scots. Later it came into the possession of the Stanhope family.

The castle is ruined today, damaged by extensive quarrying. There are visible remains of the keep although this is now largely overgrown.


  1. ^ Historic England. "Horsley Castle tower keep castle (1009293)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

Coordinates: 52°59′05″N 1°26′34″W / 52.98483°N 1.44288°W / 52.98483; -1.44288