Overview

With associations to many of the key events and figures in English history – and once home to a castle the rival of any in the country – Wallingford is steeped in history. Reminders of the past are all around – from the Saxon earthworks in the Kinecroft to the bell that still tolls just before 9pm - marking the extra hour before curfew granted as a favour to the town’s residents by William the Conqueror. Among other famous figures associated with the town are The Black Prince, Jethro Tull – who in 1701 invented the seed drill in the neighbouring village of Crowmarsh – and Judge Blackstone, whose Commentaries on the Laws of England were used in drawing up the American Constitution.

More recent notable residents include the world-famous crime writer, Agatha Christie, who had a house in Winterbrook, just outside Wallingford, and is buried in the churchyard in nearby Cholsey. You can read more about Wallingford’s fascinating history on these pages – and find links to some great sources of information about the town past and present.

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