Ashby-de-la-Zouch, frequently shortened to Ashby, is a little market town and civil parish in North West Leicestershire, England, within the National Forest. It is twinned with Pithiviers in north-central France and is situated near to the Derbyshire border. The civil parish includes the hamlets of Shellbrook, to the of the town, and Boundary to its north-west. Some nearly villages are Lount, Normanton le Heath, Smisby, Packington, Donisthorpe, Oakthorpe, Moira, Measham and Coleorton. The towns of Swadlincote, Burton-upon-Trent, Melbourne and Coalville are all within 10 miles of Ashby, with the city of Derby 11.5 miles north. The town is situated at the heart of the National Forest and about 24 miles south of the Peak District National Park. It is on the A42 national route in between Tamworth and Nottingham. The permanent resident population of the town, as recorded in the 2001 census, was 12758, which grew to 13759 by the 2011 census. Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle was important from the 15th to the 17th centuries. In the 19th century, the town became a spa town and before the development of Coalville, it was the chief town in northwest Leicestershire. In the 19th century, its key industries were ribbon manufacture, coal mining and brickmaking. The town was served by the Leicester to Burton-upon-Trent Line of the Midland Railway from 1849. Many the buildings in Market Street, the town's main thoroughfare, are timber framed, but the majority of this was hidden by later brick facades. The Bull's Head public house retains its traditional Elizabethan half-timbering, although most of this was plastered over some years ago and can now no longer be identified from the street. For all of your property improvement jobs, ensure that you choose trustworthy experts in Ashby-de-la-Zouch to ensure that you get the top quality service.