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Riber Castle at Matlock and Anchor Church on the river Trent

  


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Riber Castle at Matlock and Anchor Church on the river Trent

Riber Castle at Matlock

Built in the mid 19th century, Riber Castle sits high on a hill, overlooking Matlock and much of the surrounding area. It was built by John Smedley, a local textile manufacturer and founder of the Smedley's hydros in Matlock itself. Riber castle was built as a residence for himself, to his own design, and of local stone.
It remained unoccupied for many years, hence it's present state, but the site was acquired by a group of zoologists in the 1960's who developed it as a nature reserve for rare British and European wildlife, open to the public. Unfortunately the nature reserve is closed now.

Riber Castle at Matlock

Anchor Church on the River Trent

Anchor church is a cave consisting of several rooms, situated in a quiet backwater of the river Trent, near the tranquil village of Ingleby in Southern Derbyshire. It has been known as Anchor Church for hundreds of years. It is believed to have been the haunt of a monk called Bernard who ended his days here, doing penitence for his involvement in some hideous crime. It is now the haunt of anglers.

Anchor Church on the River Trent

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