Old Bolsover Town Council and Bolsover Civic Society have been successful in bidding for £32,500 from Historic England to restore four important historic buildings in Bolsover.
The historic buildings in question are four ‘conduit’ houses which date back to 1600 and would have been associated with, and constructed about the same time as, Bolsover Castle.
Reg Tooth, Old Bolsover Town Councillor and Bolsover Civic Society member, said: “This project is the result of a successful collaboration between a statutory and a voluntary organisation.
“I have been proud to have been delegated by these bodies to save these buildings and ensure that they are removed from the Historic buildings at risk register. It has taken 2 years of protracted negotiations with a number of organisations but it will be wonderful to see these buildings restored.
“Historic England have been really generous in agreeing to grant aid, an along with Architect Jane Holt, have offered technical expertise. It is also pleasing that after an extensive and transparent tendering process we have been able to appoint Phil Turton, a local conservation builder with a national reputation, to undertake this work.”
The houses, which are situated outside the castle’s grounds, would likely have been inspection chambers used to ensure the water supply flowed smoothly from Hillstown and Spital Green to Bolsover Castle and allow local 17th century Bolsover people to access water.
It is thought, however, that the main function of these houses would have been to provide water for the horses used in the world famous Bolsover Riding School.
“It is my sincere hope that after viewing our excellent castle, visitors will venture outside the walls to have a look at these houses and visit many of Bolsover’s other attractions via The Bolsover Town Trail,” said Reg.
The work is weather dependent but it is hoped that the buildings will restored and conserved by mid-March.