Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Kirby Muxloe, by Olwen Hughes

Kirby Muxloe features in last week's Sketchbook 'episode' by Olwen Hughes MBE, patron of Leicester Civic Society. The article doesn't appear to be available (yet) on the Leicester Mercury website, so I'm taking the liberty of reproducing it here. Some blog readers will, of course, be aware that Sue and I got married at the Castle Hotel and will remember the splendid occasion.

When I visit Kirby Muxloe, I usually have visitors with me who cannot wait to see its magnificent castle remains. Generally, I take visitors to the village church first, much of which is medieval in origin. Internally, it was much re- stored in Victorian times. The castle’s popularity is justified, for the remarkable set- ting of this magnificent brick building in rich pasture land and its fascinating irregular skyline make it most scenic. It was begun in 1480 by Lord Hastings, who was lord of the manor of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. I was pleased to find many of the workmen were Welsh, though, unfortunately, they never had the opportunity to finish their work for the castle was not completed. This was because Lord Hastings was beheaded on June 13, 1483 in the courtyard of the Tower of London, a short while before Richard convinced Parliament the princes in the tower were illegitimate and he should become king. Lord Hastings had been part of what Richard judged to be a conspiracy against him. No visit to the village is complete without a call at the Castle Hotel, where a warm welcome awaits.