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"HIGHCLERE, a parish in the lower half of the hundred of Evingar, Kingsclere division of county Hants, 5 miles S. of Newbury, its post town. This place is described in Domesday Survey as belonging to the bishops of Winchester, who had a palace here in which they occasionally resided, until the bailiwick held by them was transferred to the crown in the reign of Edward VI. It was subsequently given to the Fitz Williams, from whom it passed to the Herberts. The present mansion, called Highclere Castle, was erected on the site of the original edifice by the Hon. Robert Herbert, the ancestor of the earls of Carnarvon, its present proprietors. "

[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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