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Things to do in Bolsover, Derbyshire

Bolsover © Linda Gamston
Bolsover © Linda Gamston

Bolsover is a small town that was mentioned in the Domesday Book as the property of William Peverel, a Norman knight who fought in the Battle of Hastings.

It became the seat of the Peverel family and a castle was built in the 12th-century.

The castle was rebuilt in the 1600s by Charles Cavendish, son of Bess of Hardwick; this castle was intended for elegant living, rather than for defence.

It is now in the care of English Heritage. Inside are ornate wall paintings, elaborate fireplaces and panelling.

An audio guide tells the story of the castle and the life of Mr Cavendish.

The church of St. Mary contains monuments to the Cavendish family.

At the end of the High Street is the church of St. Laurence, which contains the tomb of Charles Cavendish and his wife.

Bolsover was traditionally known as a mining town, but the mining industry has now declined.

Near Bolsover are Cresswell Crags, with the only known examples of Paleolithic cave art in Britain.

Description by Linda Gamston

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Bolsover Methodist Church © Linda Gamston

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