The castle was originally built in a rectangular form and enclosed by a curtain wall with a round tower at each of the four corners. Halfway along the two walls running from west to east were two square towers. The courtyard would probably have contained a hall, kitchens, and accommodation for guests.
The castle was bought by Thomas Chaucer and its buildings considerably enlarged during the years that followed.
Donnington was taken under royal control during the Tudor period and given to Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. By the time the castle and manor returned to the Crown in 1535 the structure was in a state of decay. In 1646 Parliament voted to demolish it, and only the gatehouse was left standing.
Visit Donnington Castle
Any reasonable daylight hours, exterior viewing only.
Donnington Castle Farm Cottage, Castle Ln, Donnington, Newbury RG14 2LE
0370 333 1181
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