Meet the Carisbrooke Donkeys
For hundreds of years the castle’s resident donkeys have drawn up water in the well-house. Visit the castle and delight in the demonstrations of the donkeys working the 16th century tread wheel.
All the donkeys names begin with the letter ‘J’. This tradition was started when Charles I was a prisoner at Carisbrooke. When Charles I wrote letters or was planning his escape route, he always signed his letters with a ‘J’. So for 150 years all the donkeys at the castle have had a name beginning with ‘J’. This is a tradition that continues to be upheld.
Jill the donkey
Jill is the prettiest donkey of the group - and doesn’t she know it! She is the smallest of the group and a bit of a prima donna. She loves being the centre of attention and is quite happy to push others out the way to be the star. Jill loves being brushed everyday and as well as being partial to a warm shampoo, she also loves Kendal Mint Cake.
Jigsaw the donkey
Jigsaw is the baby of the bunch. She is also very clever, and picked up the basics of walking the water wheel in record time. Jigsaw is very sociable and loves meeting new people.
Jack the donkey
Jack is the naughtiest of the bunch. He can open the gate to the pen and let out all his friends. Like Jill, Jack likes to be centre of attention - he enjoys playing to the crowd and will often throw his water bucket around - so watch you don’t get wet!