|Ashby de la Zouch Castle|
Ashby de la Zouch Castle
|Completion date||12th century|
|Style||Fortified manor house|
Ashby de la Zouch Castle is in the town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England (grid reference SK36061659). Ashby de la Zouch (often shortened simply to Ashby) is a small Market town and Civil parish in north west Leicestershire, England Leicestershire (ˈlɛstəʃə(r or ˈlɛstəʃɪə(r abbreviation Leics England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A geographic coordinate system enables every location on the Earth to be specified in three coordinates using mainly a spherical coordinate system. A geographic coordinate system enables every location on the Earth to be specified in three coordinates using mainly a spherical coordinate system. A manor house or fortified manor-house is a Country house, which has historically formed the administrative centre of a manor (see Manorialism Ashby de la Zouch (often shortened simply to Ashby) is a small Market town and Civil parish in north west Leicestershire, England Leicestershire (ˈlɛstəʃə(r or ˈlɛstəʃɪə(r abbreviation Leics England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using Latitude and Longitude  The ruins are a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. A listed building in the United Kingdom is a building or other structure officially designated as being of special architectural historical or cultural significance In the United Kingdom, a Scheduled Monument is a 'nationally important' Archaeological site or historic building given protection against unauthorised change  It is managed by English Heritage. English Heritage is a Non-departmental public body of the United Kingdom government ( Department for Culture Media and Sport) with a broad remit of 
It originated as a Norman fortified manor house in the 12th century founded by Alain de Parrhoet, la Zouch. For other buildings in Normandy see Architecture of Normandy.  During the next three centuries it was extended. In 1464 it was granted by Edward IV to William, Lord Hastings who converted it into a castle. Edward IV ( 28 April 1442 – 9 April 1483) was King of England from 4 March 1461 until 2 October William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings (c 1431 &ndash 13 June 1483) became one of the great powers of the English realm during the reign of Edward The principal building of this time was the Hastings Tower which was 90 feet (27 m) high. It is rectangular in shape measuring about 47 feet (14 m) by 41 feet (12 m) with walls nearly 9 feet (3 m) thick on the ground floor. 
The castle has been host to many royal visitors, including Henry VII, Mary Queen of Scots, James I and Charles I. James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625 was King of Scotland as James VI, and King of England and King of Ireland as James Charles I, (19 November 1600 &ndash 30 January 1649 was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution. The castle was a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War. Cavalier was the name used by Parliamentarians for a Royalist supporter of King Charles I during the English Civil War ( 1642 &ndash 1651 The English Civil War (1642-1651 was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians and Royalists. It fell to Parliament forces in 1646, and was then made unusable. " Roundheads " was the Nickname given to the Puritan supporters of Parliament during the English Civil War. 
It is possible to climb to the top of the Hastings tower and to explore an underground passage from the kitchen to the tower which was probably created during the Civil War.