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Explore the heritage of North West Leicestershire

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North West Leicestershire has a fascinating past, come and explore the heritage of this area which includes the ruins of Ashby Castle and Grace Dieu Priory and medieval 1620s House and Gardens and quirky lock-ups in the district.

The industrial heritage of this part of the county is told through exhibitions at the many independent museums, and local churches tell many tales about local social history, so come and visit and delve into the history of the area.

 

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Here's a selection of heritage sites for you to visit

1620s House at Donington le Heath

Coalville

Step back in time to explore this early 17th century house and its gardens and see how people lived 400 years ago.

 
 
 
Breedon on the Hill Lock-Up

Coalville

This eighteenth century lock-up is single storey and made of local stone. There is also an open pound to the side of the lock-up.

 
 
 
Calke Abbey House

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The Harpur family lived at Calke Abbey and were noted for their reclusive eccentricity. You will not find a highly restored interior but a most interesting and informal picture of a grand country house in its latter years.

 
 
 
Smisby Lock-Up

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The Smisby Lock-Up is octagonal in shape, brick built with tiled spire roof and has a heavy studded door.

 
 
 
Calke Abbey

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

A short walk along a separate path from the front of the house leads you to the church.

 
 
Last updated November 2017