Brickwork, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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An English Heritage property.

This tumbling brickwork is part of one of two 16th-Century angle towers which were built as part of the walls of the so-called Wilderness Garden at the now-ruined castle at Ashby. The Manor of Ashby was first bestowed upon a faithful follower, Hugh de Grentmeisnil, by William I, in the 11th century, & passed through a number of hands over the centuries. Each occupant added buildings & tore down others, which accounts for the structures’ highly intriguing patchwork aspect. The Wilderness Garden was probably conceived & constructed during the reign of James I, by then-owner the Earl of Huntingdon. After the Civil War, the castle was ‘slighted’ (partially razed to prevent its being utilized as a defensible fortress), & that process was in part responsible for its present ruinous state.

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