Plan of Donnington Castle.details

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After the [English] civil war was over, Mr. Packer pulled down the ruinous parts of the building, and with the materials erected the house standing under it, now in the occupation of Mark Basket, esq. The castle at present belongs to Doctor Hartley, who married the heiress of the name of Packer.

From an accurate plan, made by an officer who resides near the spot, I am enabled to give not only the figure and dimensions of the castle when entire, but also to describe the works thrown up int he civil wars; all which he carefully traced out, amongst the bushes and briars with which they are at present overgrown.

The walls of this castle nearly fronted the four cardinal points of the compass; having the north and south sides perpendicular on its east end. These sides were consequently parallel. Its west end terminated in a semi-octagon, inscribed in the half of a long oval. It was defended by four round towers; two on the angles, formed by the concurrence of the north and south sides with the east end; and two others, placed on the angles formed by the junction of the same sides with the semi-poligon [sic]. The length of the east end, including te towers, was eighty-five feet; and the extent, from east to west reckoning the thickness of the walls,’one hundred and twenty feet. Near the north-west tower was a well; and in the south-east angle a square building, whose sides measured twenty-four feet. Two of these sides were formed by the exterior wall, and enclosed the tower.

The entrance was at the east end, through a stone gate-house, having a passage forty feet long; at the end of which is remaining the place for the portcullis. It is flanked by two round towers: that on the fourth side has a stair-case. This gate is now standing, and is shewn in the view. In it is held the manor-court. On its

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