1536 - DECLINE OF THE GREAT HALL

When the House of Lancaster took over the throne of England with the accession of Henry IV in 1399, Leicester Castle became one of many castles that the Lancastrians owned. As a result, Leicester Castle went into a period of decline. John Leland visited Leicester in 1536 and commented that the Castle was a "thing of small estimation". A hundred years later, Charles I authorised the sale of certain parts of the building.