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Astley Church and Castle

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'

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