Shaw-cum-Donnington is located just to the north of Newbury. It not only has a rich history, today it has beautiful countryside, renowned hotels, pubs and golf courses and is the home of Vodafone. Find out more by clicking on the links below.

Shaw-cum-Donnington Parish

Donnington Castle

The historic parish of Shaw-cum-Donnington lies to the north of Newbury town centre and is easily accessible from junction 13 of the M4, or the A4 Bath Road in Newbury.  The southern boundary of the parish is delineated by the River Lambourn, a chalk stream which meanders several miles on its way from Lambourn.  The north of the parish stops just short of the Fox and Hounds pub on the Oxford Road, and Fisher’s Farm on the B4009 to Hermitage.  To the east, the parish includes Long Lane and Shaw Hill, and to the west goes as far as Snelsmore Common.  Currently, there are around 600 households in the parish.

The parish is perhaps best known for Donnington Castle, the area behind the site of the 2nd Battle of Newbury in 1644.  Entry to the Castle is free and it is open all year round.  To get to the Castle you have to pass through the charming village of Donnington, which contains many charming listed buildings.  Another place of historic interest is Shaw House which has recently undergone extensive renovations and is now used for civil weddings.

Shaw-cum-Donnington is also home to Vodafone’s HQ, which can be accessed on foot along Love Lane or by car from the A339.  Vodafone’s employees can often be found involved in projects in the parish, including litter picking in Shaw Park and clearing the River Lambourn.

Keen golfers may want to test their handicap at one of the two golf clubs in the parish – Donnington Valley or Donnington Grove. The former also has a health club and spa, ideal for a bit of pampering! For those thirsty after exploring Donnington Castle or the many local footpaths, there are many pubs in or on the edges of the parish – you can find these on the website here.

Whatever your interests there will be something for everyone in Shaw-cum-Donnington!