History and Research: Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ashby de la Zouch Castle was the purpose-built seat of one of the most powerful men in late 15th-century English politics, William, Lord Hastings. His adaptations to the relatively modest existing manor house at Ashby began in 1472–3, but by the time of his execution in 1483 only about half of his grand design had been realised. The castle remained in use as a family seat, playing a prominent part in the Civil War, when it was held for the king. It began to attract visitors in the 19th century after Sir Walter Scott set a scene in his novel Ivanhoe there.

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About the author 

The author of the Portico pages on Ashby de la Zouch Castle is John Goodall, architectural editor of Country Life and author of the English Heritage Red Guide to Ashby de la Zouch and Kirby Muxloe Castles.

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A more detailed history and comprehensive tour of Ashby de la Zouch Castle can be found in the English Heritage guidebook, one of the critically acclaimed series of Red Guides to English Heritage sites.

Ashby de la Zouch and Kirby Muxloe guidebook