Wallingford, England

Wallingford, England

This evening, I am focusing on the pleasant market town of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, southern England.

Wallingford has a history dating back to Saxon times but came to prominence in medieval times (>11th century)  when a substantial castle was constructed. However, as reported in this blog post, only the earth foundations and some minor pieces of masonry exist now.

River Thames at Wallingford, England

River Thames at Wallingford, England

Key information:

  • Located on banks of River Thames and navigable for pleasure boats.
  • Rural location offers opportunities for cycling and walking for which purposes dedicated trails are available.
  • U.S.A. connections:
    • There are five Wallingfords in the U.S., mainly in New England.
    • Local jurist, Sir William Blackstone ( 1723-1780), who is buried at the local church, wrote various Commentaries on the Laws of England which influenced early U.S. lawmakers such as John Marshall, James Wilson, John Jay, John Adams, James Kent and Abraham Lincoln.
  • In more recent times, the crime novelist Agatha Christie lived at Wallingford and the town features as Causton in the T.V. crime series, Midsomer Murders.

    St. Peter's Church, Wallingford, England

    St. Peter’s Church, Wallingford, England

Overall, a pleasant town deserving of a visit.

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