Monday, 23 February 2015

Ashby Castle

We visited this English Heritage property at the weekend.

Built as a fortified manor house in the 12th century by Alain de Parrhoet, la Zouch, the castle was extended over the years, before becoming Crown property in 1461.

The castle was a Royalist stronghold in the civil war, providing a link between Royalist areas in the southwest and the north.

The castle also achieved later fame as a result of Ashby-De-La-Zouch being featured in Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, published in 1819.

Some pics:

Some views from atop the tower - 98 steps up!!

Well worth a visit.

1 comment:

  1. It looks hugely atmospheric! "La-Zouch" Such a great name!x