Location : Situated in the village of Astley just off the B4102
Once a fortified manor house and still surrounded by a moat, Astley
Castle was built during the reign of Edward I but dismantled upon the Duke of Suffolk's attainder. It was home to the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey, who was beheaded after
being Queen for only nine days. Although it was later rebuilt and then restored, it is no longer open to the public following a fire.
Bothth Astley Castle and the neighbouring Church featured in George
Eliot's novel 'Mr Gilfil's Love Story' . The Church, which is where her parents married, was known as 'Knebley Church' and the Castle as 'Knebley Abbey'