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History of Hinton Castle in Hinton Waldrist in the Royal County of Berkshire
by David Nash Ford

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Childhood Home of England's Queen

Hinton was the centre of the Honour of St. Valory, a large amalgam of estates once belonging to the family of that name who built their castle here after the Battle of Hastings (hence the corrupt Waldrist). It was a motte and bailey affair and can still be clearly seen. The moat is more than half full. The wooden castle was rebuilt in stone in medieval times when it came into the hands of the Bohun Earls of Hereford. It remained one of their more minor residences. However, it was given in dower to the last Earl's widow, and it was hear that the future Queen Mary de Bohun grew up. Her son, Henry V, visited often in his younger days.



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