Hello, goddesses! I hope you’re having a good Thursday, wherever you are in the world!
I wanted to share with you our exploration of an English Heritage site just a few miles from Ravenstone. Last Sunday we went to see the ruins of Ashby de la Zouch Castle; the moment Jon told me it was nearby, I flipped out and said we HAD to go! I’m a sucker for history and historic places, can you tell?
YAY, MINI HISTORY LESSON!!
Ashby de la Zouch was one of two castles created by Lord Hastings in the 15th century. After Lord Hastings was executed in 1483, work to both of his castles was interrupted, but Ashby de la Zouch became the principal seat of his descendants. During the Civil War, this castle was an important base under the command of Lord Loughborough, and two years after it surrendered, its fortifications were demolished. There were some surviving residential buildings were later incorporated within a new house called Ashby Place, which was demolished in 1830.
So now you can walk the ruins of the castle, feeling stone and walking on grounds once full of people’s everyday lives. It must have been grand!
There’s an optional path to the kitchen. It goes underground in a stony, cold tunnel that emerges into a cellar and then into the kitchen. This is one part of the kitchen.
And then we can’t forget the tower climb! Boy did THAT ever kill my knees!
The view from the top was really cool!
We met a lovely family at the top of the tower, and we chatted with them up there and down below as well as we all explored the castle. The wife was kind enough to take a pic of Jon and I after I took one of her and her family…
We didn’t make it out of the gift shop empty-handed, either.