Explore Ashby and Coalville
North West Leicestershire has a fascinating past and you can discover more about the heritage of this area from the ruins of Ashby Castle and Grace Dieu Priory, to medieval Donington le Heath Manor House. The industrial heritage of this part of the county is told through exhibitions at the many independent museums.
Step back in time to explore this early 17th century house and its gardens and see how people lived 400 years ago.
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.
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.
The Smisby Lock-Up is octagonal in shape, brick built with tiled spire roof and has a heavy studded door.
A short walk along a separate path from the front of the house leads you to the church.