Ashby-de-la-Zouch, often 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 lies 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 ten miles of Ashby, while the city of Derby is 11.5 miles to the north. The town is positioned at the heart of the National Forest and around 24 miles south of the Peak District National Park. It is on the A42 national route between Tamworth and Nottingham. The permanent resident population of the town, according to the 2001 census, was 12758, which increased to 13759 in the 2011 census. Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle was significant in the 15th to the 17th centuries. In the 19th century, the town became a spa town and ahead of the development of Coalville, it was the chief town in northwest Leicestershire. During the 19th century, its primary 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. A lot of the buildings in Market Street, the town's principal thoroughfare, are timber framed, but the majority of this was hidden by later brick facades. The Bull's Head public house still has its historic Elizabethan half-timbering, though most of this was plastered over some years ago and can now no longer be identified from the street. For all of your home improvement work, ensure that you select vetted pros in Ashby-de-la-Zouch to ensure that you get the best quality service.