Donnington, Berkshire

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Donnington Castle
Donnington is located in Berkshire
Location within Berkshire
OS grid referenceSU467693
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewbury
Postcode districtRG14
Dialling code01635
PoliceThames Valley
FireRoyal Berkshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°25′05″N 1°19′52″W / 51.418°N 1.331°W / 51.418; -1.331Coordinates: 51°25′05″N 1°19′52″W / 51.418°N 1.331°W / 51.418; -1.331

Donnington is an English village in the civil parish of Shaw-cum-Donnington just north of the town of Newbury in Berkshire. It boasts a ruined medieval castle and a Strawberry Hill Gothic mansion.

Notable buildings[edit]

Donnington Castle[edit]

Donnington Castle[1], a ruined medieval castle of some historical significance, is in the village. It was the home of Richard Abberbury the Elder. The second Battle of Newbury (27 October 1644) was fought between Newbury and Donnington, as an attack on the castle, which was held for the Royalists by Sir John Boys.[2] The main entrance range of Donnington Castle House was built in 1648 to incorporate an earlier lodge.[3]

Donnington Hospital almshouses[edit]

Donnington Hospital almshouses, established in 1393, are the oldest charity in the county (although others formed later had older charities merged into them). Robert Beaugraunt is recorded as minister of the poor in 1412.[4] The earliest current building dates from 1602, but the complex is very wide-ranging, with additional modern almshouses having been built in Bucklebury and Iffley.


Other notable buildings include Donnington Priory and Donnington Grove. The latter is a Strawberry Hill Gothic mansion built by the antiquary and translator James Pettit Andrews in 1763–72. It is now a hotel at the centre of a golf course.[5]


Donnington has regular bus services to Newbury.[6]

Famous residents[edit]

In birth order:[7]


  1. ^ "The siege of Donnington Castle".
  2. ^ British History Online. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  3. ^ Royal Berkshire History site. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  4. ^; Berks;
  5. ^ Royal Berkshire History site. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  6. ^ Bus times Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. ^ References are required for information not appearing on the subject's Wikipedia page.

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External links[edit]

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