Ashby de la Zouch Castle. Antique print of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle, Leicestershire, England. The castle originated as a Norman fortified manor house in the 12th century founded by Alain de Porhoet, la Zouch, out of Breton, France. During the next three centuries it was extended by his descendants, but when the Zouch succession line ended in the 14th century, the castle changed ownership many times. In 1461, the castle reverted to the Crown after the then owner James Butler, the 5th Earl of Ormonde, was executed after the Battle of Towton. Antique copper-plate engraving dated in the plate 21 Oct 1784. Size of engraved area approx 5x6ins. .