Ashby De La Zouch Castle

Has been described as a Certain Tower House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameAshby De La Zouch Castle
Alternative NamesAshby Castle, Ashby de la Zouche
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishAshby De La Zouch

The standing remains of Ashby Castle, a fortified house cum castle on the eastern outskirts of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The manor of Ashby was granted by William I to Hugh de Grantmesnil and subsequently passed by marriage to the Zouch family towards the end of C12. The site is primarily a C12 house which was redesigned and rebuilt over a period of several centuries. Between 1464 and 1483 Lord Hastings undertook an extensive building programme at Ashby, whilst retaining many of the site's existing structures. During the Civil War it was besieged and surrendered to the Parliamentarians in 1646. Several principal buildings were slighted, rendering them untenable, and Ashby was abandoned as a dwelling. The buildings of the early Norman house are thought originally to have been timber structures which were replaced after 1150 by ones built of stone. The standing remains of C12 hall and solar are situated in the central part of the site. In circa 1350 the hall was redesigned as a single storey building and stone arcades were constructed to support the roof. At the same time a new solar was built and the existing solar was used as a pantry and buttery. To the west of the hall are the standing remains of a kitchen building erected between 1350 and 1400. To the north and south of the castle are two courtyard areas with the northern courtyard retaining the buried remains of the gatehouse to the site. In 1474 Lord Hastings obtained a licence to erect a fortified house at Ashby. Several new buildings were constructed including a large tower house, known as the Hastings Tower, a chapel and a small courtyard of domestic buildings. (PastScape)

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This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSK361166
Latitude52.7462882995605
Longitude-1.46628999710083
Eastings436110
Northings316630
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Books

  • Goodall, John, 2011, The English Castle 1066-1650 (Yale University Press) passim
  • Cantor, Leonard, 2003, The Scheduled Ancient Monument of Leicestershire and Rutland (Leicester: Kairos Press) p. 30
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 30-3
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 211
  • Cooper, Nicholas, 1999, Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680 (Yale University Press) p. 65
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 137-8
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; revised by Elizabeth Williamson with Geoffrey K Brandwood, 1984, Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland (Harmondsworth)
  • Smith, Michael E., 1992, Castles and Manor Houses in and around Derbyshire (Derby)
  • Salter, Mike, 1993, Midlands Castles (Birmingham) p. 23-6
  • Furtado, Peter et al (eds), 1988, Ordnance Survey guide to castles in Britain (London) p. 133
  • Hartley, R. F., 1984, The Mediaeval Earthworks of North West Leicestershire, A survey (Leicester)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 252-3
  • Fry, P.S., 1980, Castles of the British Isles (David and Charles) p. 180
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co) p. 184-6
  • Scott, 1907, Story of Ashby De La Zouch (Ashby De La Zouch) p. 185-214
  • Poynton, 1902, Romance of Ashby De La Zouch Castle (Birmingham) (poor) online copy
  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 1 p. 409-10 online copy
  • Timbs, J. and Gunn, A., 1872, Abbeys, Castles and Ancient Halls of England and Wales Vol. 2 (London) p. 341-2 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 236 online copy
  • Anon, 1852, The History and Description of Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Ashby-de-la-Zouch)
  • Flower, J., 18225, Views of ancient buildings in the town and county of Leicester (Leicester: W.Day) online copy
  • Buck, Samuel and Nathaniel, 1774, Buck's Antiquities (London) Vol. 1 p. 156-7
  • Grose, Francis, 1785 (new edn orig 1756), Antiquities of England and Wales (London) Vol. 3 p. 126-7 online copy
  • Pedley, n.d., Antiquities of Ashby De La Zouch Castle (Birmingham) (drawings only)

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Journals

  • Creighton, O.H., 2010, 'Room with a View: Framing Castles Landscapes' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 24 p. 37-49 (slight)
  • Twigs Way, 2007, 'Ashby de la Zouch Castle' Castle Studies Group Journal Vol. 20 p. 144-6 (summery of landscape investigation)
  • Newsome, S., 2006, 'Investigating a Tudor garden' The Archaeologist Vol. 63 p. 18-19
  • Pattison, P. et al, 2006, 'A late medieval/renaissance garden at Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire' Research News Vol. 5 p. 40-4 online copy
  • Anon, 2004, 'Ashby de al Zouche Castle conservation scheme complete' Castle Studies Group Newsletter Vol. 6 p. 2
  • Cantor, Leonard, 1977-8, 'The Medieval Castles of Leicestershire' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 53 p. 34 online copy
  • Faulkner, P.A., 1958, 'Domestic Planning from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 115 p. 150-83 online copy
  • Simpson, W.D., 1939, 'The Castles of Dudley and Ashby de la Zouche' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 96 p. 141-54 online copy
  • Herbert, Anthony, 1932-4, 'Ashby Castle' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 17 p. 198-203
  • Fosbrooke, 1911, Reports and Papers of the Associated Architectural Societies Vol. 31 p. 181-224 (reprinted as Ashby De La Zouch Castle)
  • Kerry, C., 1888, '(Ashby-de-la-Zouch) manor and castle (in Report of the Hon. Secretary)' Derbyshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 10 p. xx-xxvi online copy

Guide Books

  • Goodall, J., 2011 (revised 2edn), Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Kirby Muxloe Castle (London: English Heritage)
  • Goodall, J., 2007, Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Kirby Muxloe Castle (London: English Heritage)
  • Jones, T.L., 1984, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire (London: English Heritage)
  • Jones, T.L., 1953, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire (HMSO)
  • Hill, 1931, (Ashby)
  • Fosbrooke, n.d. (c. 1911), Ashby De La Zouch Castle

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1927, Calendar of Charter Rolls 5 Henry VI - 8 Henry VIII, AD 1427-1516, with an appendix, 1215-1288 Vol. 6. (HMSO) p. 242

Other

  • Newsome, S., Canti, M., Leary, J., Martin, L. and Pattison, P., 2008, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire: A Multidisciplinary Investigation of the Castle Garden (English Heritage Research Department Report Series 52/2008) online copy