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AN EXCURSION FROM THE MAIN ROAD: DONNINGTON CASTLE, HELD STOUTLY FOR KING CHARLES IN THE CIVIL WAR

AN EXCURSION FROM THE MAIN ROAD: DONNINGTON CASTLE, HELD STOUTLY FOR KING CHARLES IN THE CIVIL WAR

One mile from Newbury along the Oxford Road is a hill, seen to the left, which is topped by the ruin of Donnington Castle, which was built about the fourteenth century. It was held by the gallant Captain Boys in August, 1644, against the Roundheads. The assault was kept up for six hours and beaten off, the enemy losing 100 men. In September the castle was badly mauled by artillery but still held out, and only surrendered in April, 1646, at the order of the king himself. Traces of the besiegers' earthworks are still to be seen, but the castle was destroyed by the Parliament Further damage was done when material was taken from the ruins to build Castle House at the bottom of the hill.

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