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Following the Norman Conquest the Ashby Manor House (along with 99 other manors) is gifted to Hugues de Grandmesnil, Sheriff of Leicester, by William I of England.


The Manor is mentioned in the Domesday Book.


The Cranford family holds the lordship of the Manor of Ashby St Ledgers.


Emma Cranford marries John de Catesby of Ladbroke, Warwickshire. The Catesby family retains the Manor for 236 years.


Sir William Catesby, councillor to Richard III and Chancellor of the Exchequer is captured at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He is subsequently executed at Leicester and his estates, including Ashby St Ledgers, are temporarily confiscated by Henry VII.


The year of the Gunpowder Plot. Catesby and fellow conspirators congregate in the Plot Room to conspire against King James I. They gather away from the house itself, so as not to implicate by association Catesby’s mother, who is living in the Manor. On November 5th the plot fails and Catesby and entourage briefly return to Ashby St Ledgers in flight. Catesby, again not wanting to implicate his mother, is said to have waved to his mother at the gate before riding onwards to Holbeche House, Staffordshire where on November 8th he makes his last stand before being shot by his pursuers.


Sir William Irwing obtains the grant of the Manor from King James I following the death of Catesby’s mother, the King having permitted her to reside at the Manor until her death.


Bryan I’Anson, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and draper of London, purchases the Manor from Sir William Irwing and lives in it until his death.


John I’Anson oversees major modifications to the south elevation of the Manor.


John I’Anson dies


Joseph Ashley, draper of London, purchases the Manor from the I’Anson family. Joseph Ashley’s son, also named Joseph, becomes High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.


Sir William Senhouse marries Joseph Ashley’s daughter Mary.


Ivor Guest, 1st Viscount Wimborne purchases the Manor from the Senhouse family.


Viscount Wimborne and Sir Edwin Lutyens collaborate to extensively modify and add to the Manor. Many of the notable features of the house today are conceived including the Stone Hall, Luyens Hall and Dining Room, Music Room and Canal Garden.


The Ipswich Wing is exhibited at the Franco British Exhibition in London and purchased by Viscount Wimborne. The Ipswich Wing originally stood on the corner of Carr Street and Cox Lane in Ipswich and was transported for exhibition in White City, London in 1908 and then on to Ashby St Ledgers by steam engine.


The Manor House and Ashby St Ledgers Estate are sold by Viscount Wimborne's grandson, 3rd Viscount Wimborne to British Airways' Pension Fund, when he moves to France.


Ivor Guest, 4th Viscount Wimborne buys The Manor House at auction and embarks on an extensive, faithful and detailed restoration, returning the house to former glories.


The Manor remains within the Guest family, having been purchased by Viscount Wimborne's cousin.


Superfast Broadband arrives in Ashby St Ledgers and www.ashbymanorhouse.com website launches.

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