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This year English Heritage are supporting Hallam FM-Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ campaign. The mission is to ensure that no child in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire goes without a gift this Christmas. We're providing drop off points at Bolsover Castle, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens and Conisbrough Castle. If you would like to, you can support the campaign by donating a present. Pop your gift, new and unwrapped, into the collection point and Hallam FM will wrap and distribute the gifts to children in need.Find out more
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William the Conqueror grants custody of his new castle at Nottingham and the large manor of Bolsover to one of his knights, William Peveril.
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Peveril’s son takes the wrong side against Henry II and forfeits his estates to the Crown.
A group of barons fight against King John after he refuses to accept the terms of Magna Carta. Bolsover Castle is besieged.
The garrison stands down and the buildings gradually fall into decay.
The ruins provide the setting for the Little Castle, begun in 1612 by Sir Charles Cavendish as a retreat from his principal seat at Welbeck Abbey, a few miles away.
Charles’s son William inherits. He completes his father’s decoration of the Little Castle and renovates the ‘old house’ with state apartments, a gallery and a hall.
Charles I, Henrietta Maria, their royal entourage and all of Nottinghamshire’s and Derbyshire’s gentry feast at Bolsover. They are entertained by Ben Jonson’s Love’s Welcome at Bolsover.
William is appointed commander-in-chief of the northern Royalist counties. After his wife dies and he loses the Battle of Marston Moor, he despairs and goes to Paris in exile.
The Parliamentary Council of State orders the slighting (deliberate destruction) of Bolsover to prevent it being used by Royalists.
Bolsover passes through marriage to the Dukes of Portland. The Terrace Grange is unroofed, becoming a ruin that attracts antiquarian and artistic interest.
John Hamilton Gray becomes vicar of the parish. He and his family carry out alterations and repairs to the Little Castle, where they live as guardians.
The riding house becomes a drill room and theatre, and the castle yard a bowling green and tennis court.
Massive cracks from slipping limestone bedrock threaten the castle’s stability. A nearby Coalite plant damages the stonework with acidic pollution.
The Ministry of Works takes over, stabilising the structures and gradually opening the site to the public.
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