Wednesday, 28 January 2009
I went to Castle Donnington in Newbury, it was a short walk up a hill from a private road which is open until the evening. As I got to the top I noticed a large blue advertising sign right in front of the gatehouse that said "NOKIA: CONNECTING PEOPLE". I wondered if the castle was being used as a conference centre, but it is a ruin so this cannot be possible. To be fair, the Nokia man offered to move his advertising sign for me to take these photographs. Mr Nokia explained that there was a corporate treasure hunt going on to promote a new phone.
It was a very damp, grey day with light rain which made the ruins quite atmospheric (apart from the advertising). Castle Donnington is said to be haunted by a phantom guard who stands in front of the gatehouse before disappearing. Also a large white dog which runs down towards the woods, and most interestingly of all a green lady.
This is all that remains of the 14th century castle, which stands on the site of an older castle.