SK3616 : Ashby Castle the eastern courtyard

taken 1 year ago, near to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Ashby Castle  the eastern courtyard
Ashby Castle the eastern courtyard
During a medieval re-enactment event. The Hastings tower is in the background.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle
The castle ruins are those of what was effectively a large late medieval manor house, rather than a true castle.

William, Lord Hastings, started his expansion of an earlier manor house by at least 1472-3, if not earlier. He obtained a 'licence to crenellate' (fortify), the result of which was the Hastings tower. His plans for development were incomplete when he fell from power in 1483.

The Hastings family, by now Earls of Huntindon developed the grounds in the 16th and 17th centuries, but following the defeat of the royalist cause in the Civil War, the Hastings Tower was partially demolished as well as some of the other buildings.

Thereafter the Earls of Huntingdon ceased to use it as their main residence, but parts of the medieval buildings continued as a residence known as Ashby Place.

The estate passed to Francis Rawdon, later Earl of Moira at the end of the 18th century. Interest in the castle was stimulated by the publication of Sir Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoe' in 1819, and Ashby became fashionable, with spa baths.

Various repairs were made to the castle during the 19th century. Ownership was transferred to the state in 1932, then to English Heritage in 1983.

The principal surviving works are the Hastings Tower, the Kitchen Tower and the chapel and the medieval great hall. The chapel is unusually impressive for a domestic development of this period.

The gardens to the south of the buildings are unusually well preserved examples of their period having been developed in the late 16th century. The 2008 report of a major survey can be found here LinkExternal link|Ashby%20de%20la%20Zouch%20Castle,%20Leicestershire:%20A%20Multi-Disciplinary%20Investigation%20of%20the%20Castle%20Garden.

The ruins are Listed Grade I and the whole of the grounds classified as a Scheduled Monument.

For a fuller description of the castle and its history, see the English Heritage pages description LinkExternal link ; - history LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 9 August, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates  Defence, Military 
Castle (from Tags)
Ashby-De-La-Zouch 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3613 1666 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.7816N 1:27.9730W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3615 1668
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Courtyard  Medieval Reenactment  Grade I Listed 

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