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Donnington Castle, near Newbury

Donnington Castle, near Newbury

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1778

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.5

Genre: Manuscript

Richard III granted permission to Richard Abberbury the Elder to build his castle in 1386. It was later bought by Chaucer's son Thomas. By the time of the English Civil War it was held by the Royalists who managed to stave off Parliamentarian troops during the Second Battle of Newbury in 1644. In 1646 Parliament ordered the dismantling of the castle. All that remains is the gatehouse as seen here.

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