Kirby Muxloe Castle, Oakcroft Avenue, Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire

Kirby Muxloe Castle, Oakcroft Avenue, Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire
Photograph taken 24 September 2006 © Mr David Jefferson. Source Historic England Archive ref: 188965

The manor of Kirby Muxloe was owned by the Pakeman family during the 14th century. The foundations of the hall of their stone-built manor house, constructed within a moat, are visible in the courtyard of this castle. In c1460 Kirby Muxloe Castle passed to the Hastings family through inheritance. A licence to crenellate was granted in 1474. The present castle was begun in 1480 for William, Lord Hastings. However in 1483, following the death of Edward IV, William Hastings was beheaded by the new monarch, Richard III. This meant that Kirby Muxloe Castle stood incomplete and the site was abandoned shortly afterwards. This property is now in the care of English Heritage (2010).

Location

Leicestershire Kirby Muxloe

Period

Tudor (1485 - 1602)

Tags

castle house manor moat defence english heritage medieval (1066 - 1484)