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Historic brick castle is restored
A historic Leicestershire landmark has been restored in a project costing almost 500,000.

English Heritage brought in a firm of specialist conservation contractors to save Kirby Muxloe castle. It will re-open to the public on 1 July.

It has taken two years to restore the castle's brickwork and moat bridge.

Parts of the castle were built in 1480 for Lord Hastings. It was one of the earliest examples of the use of bricks in this country.

The building was never completed because Lord Hastings was executed in 1483 by Richard III shortly after he came to the throne.

Only the keep and one of the towers remain.

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