Cavendish House, Abbey Park, Leicester

This house is built from the ruins of Leicester Abbey. Following its Dissolution in 1538 the Abbey came, in 1562, to Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon. He built a mansion out of the old materials. In 1613 it was acquired by William Cavendish, first Earl of Devonshire and subsequently became known as Cavendish House. During the Civil War it served as the headquarters of Charles I before Naseby, after which it was plundered and burned by royal troops in 1645. It has remained in ruins ever since.


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