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The town of Bolsover is situated on the North Eastern edge of Derbyshire, with its borders on the Peak District and Sherwood Forest. There is some splendid dramatic scenery in the surrounding area and the town has a significant amount of historical importance, with the main tourist attraction being Bolsover Castle.

The town itself still contains relics of its medieval origins, with its 13th century church tower and stone houses that line the market place. Growing around Bolsover Castle, the town was originally fortified. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the surrounding area was primarily used for coal mining and quarrying. The castle dates back as far as the 12th century, and was originally the home of the Peveril family, founded by William Peveril shortly after the Norman Conquest, although it later became Crown property. The castle suffered through years of neglect, but was eventually rebuilt in the 17th century by Sir Charles Smyth and his architect Robert Smythson. Also close by are Hardwick Hall, Creswell Crags and Stainsby Mill, amongst many other local attractions that are well worth a visit.




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