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Donington is a small village on the southern edge of the Berkshire Downs. It spreads north – south along the Oxford Road where there is a pleasant mix of smart mainly 20th century houses. The oldest part of the village appears to be just north of the River Lambourn around the Castle Street area. Donnington is the twin village of nearby Shaw.

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Donnington Castle dates from the late 14th century when the manor was provided with battlements. For most of the Civil War it was in the hands of the Royalists but was besieged for most of the war and badly damaged. By 1647 it was already described as "ruinous". What is left now is the gatehouse and this is looked after by English Heritage.

In the south of the village on the Oxford Road is Donnington Hospital, a series of almshouses built in 1602. The Hospital Trust has added two further sites in the village, including a large complex at Abberbury Close and another at Groombridge Place.

There is no village church; the parish church being at neighbouring Shaw.

Donnington is just north of Newbury on the B4494.

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