Tower Remains

Yhun Suarez

Joined January 2010

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Ashby de la Zouch Castle
Leicestershire, England

CHALLENGE WINNER of the All That’s Left Challenge in Unique Buildings of the World – 21 Mar 2011

Featured in Around The World – 7 Apr 2010

Ashby Castle forms the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes in Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe. Now a ruin, the castle began as a manor house in the 12th century. It only achieved castle status in the 15th century, by which time the hall and buttery had been enlarged, with a solar to the east and a large integral kitchen added to the west.

Between 1474 and his execution by Richard III in 1483, Edward IV’s Chamberlain Lord Hastings added the chapel and the impressive keep-like Hastings Tower – a castle within a castle. Visitors can climb the 24 metre (78 feet) high tower, which offers fine views. Later the castle hosted many royal visitors, including Henry VII, Mary Queen of Scots, James I and Charles I.

A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable. An underground passage from the kitchen to the tower, probably created during this war, can still be explored today. Archaeologists recently investigated the mysterious castle garden, famous for its elaborately shaped sunken features.

Interpretation boards display family-friendly information, including beautiful illustrations evoking the splendour of Lord Hastings’ additions to the castle. The audio guide provides an amusing account of the castle’s dramatic history, drawing upon a masque performed here for Alice Spencer, Countess of Derby, in the early 17th century.

3 images stitched together using Autopano
Nikon D60, 18-55mm lens, handheld, aperture priority, f/3.5, 1/3200, ISO 200, exp 0 step, focal length 18 mm, no flash
single panoramic image converted to 3 exposures in PS
tone mapped in Photomatix
topaz adjust spicify in PS

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