Pictures of England



Historic Towns & Picturesque Villages

Altar window in St.Thomas's Church


in the county of Isle of Wight

England Articles

Pictures of Wallingford

The marketplace, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

About Wallingford

Wallingford is a market town and riverside resort, it was originally built as a walled town at a strategic crossing of the River Thames by William the Conqueror. In fact, the town's picturesque multi-arched bridge is the oldest bridge spanning the Thames, it was built during the Conqueror's reign. Wallingford may have a history that began way back in the mist's of time, but today this charming town has buildings featured in current television shows, such as its small theatre, which has been used several times for the Midsomer Murders series.

A number of streets lead off the town's fine market square, these display a delightful mixture of properties ranging from quaint Tudor timber-frame, to the handsome stone buildings of the Georgian era. The town centre is a major conservation area, it is rich in architectural gems dating as far back as the 14th-century, whilst the landscape of the Thames is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The town's narrow streets provide visitors with an interesting shopping experience, in these you will find a wide variety of small owner-run shops offering a friendly welcome. In the Lamb Arcade you can seek out antique shops run by knowledgeable dealers, and when you tire, you can find plenty of pubs and restaurants where you can rest to restore your energy, or for those with a preference for the great outdoor the town has plenty of open spaces and flower filled parks to rest in.

Buildings worth taking a peek at include St. Leonard's Church, although much restored, this is Norman - as can be noted from the herringbone work, north door and arches east of the nave. Angiers Almshouses of 1681 and St. Peters Church with its unusual spire, a rebuild of 1860 are worth a look, so is the 17th-century Town Hall mounted on pillars which has splendid paintings by Hayller, Lawrence and Gainsborough. It also houses the town plate and the only known portrait of Judge Blackstone.

The town takes great pride in its Civic Ceremonies, at these times you can see the full council in colourful regalia, usually led by the mayor wearing his symbolic chain of office, and the Mace is processed.

A wander around reveals much that is pleasant, you can enjoy the tow paths of the Thames with their misty views of the river, its fluffy white swans and ducks with colourful feathers. On a river trip, through the lovely rural countryside there are delightful reeded water-meadows and glorious period houses crowned with tall chimneys to be spotted, ah yes, and the occasional heron or two.

Wallingford can be found around a 15 minute drive away from Oxford's "dreaming spires", it is within reach of the Ridgeway Path and the pleasant town's of Goring and Cholsey, which has the Wallingford and Cholsey Railway where you can drift back into the romantic age of steam by taking a trip on a beautifully preserved steam train.

Yes, this place has all of this and much more - why not give yourself a treat, have a weekend away in a lovely location that has something for everyone. Anyone wanting a romantic weekend away will find that Wallingford has lovely hotels both in the town and surrounding countryside.

Recommended towns & villages near Wallingford

Ewelme, Oxfordshire

Ewelme (52 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Oxfordshire

(3.0 miles, 4.8 km, direction NE of Wallingford)

Ewelme is a quiet place particularly noted for its historic parish church...

Thatch maintenance

Clifton Hampden (28 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Oxfordshire

(5.3 miles, 8.6 km, direction NW of Wallingford)

This is a popular Thames side village which was the choice of Jerome K. Jerome for a setting for one of the riotous scenes of his "Three Men in a Boat" and it is easy to see just.....

Cottage in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, seen in 'Midsomer Murders' detective series

Nettlebed (8 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Oxfordshire

(6.1 miles, 9.8 km, direction E of Wallingford)

Nettlebed is a lovely English village in the heart of rural Oxfordshire...

A picture of Abingdon

Abingdon (98 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Oxfordshire

(8.5 miles, 13.6 km, direction NW of Wallingford)

Interesting town, developed around the gates of an abbey founded in 675...

Spring view from the cemetery.

East Hendred (61 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Oxfordshire

(9.0 miles, 14.5 km, direction W of Wallingford)

East Hendred is one of the spring line villages nestling just below the Downs in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire...

All towns & villages in Oxfordshire
Complete A to Z of towns & villages in England

Nearby attractions..

A picture of Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey (14 Pictures)

(3.7 miles, 6.0 km, direction NW)

The wonderful abbey church of St.Peter and St.Paul has a history stretching back to the year 634, but the church we see today.....

A picture of Nuffield Place

Nuffield Place (2 Pictures)

(4.7 miles, 7.6 km, direction E)

Nuffield Place is the former home (1933-63) of Lord Nuffield who was the founder of Morris Motors. The house is a rare survival.....

Abingdon Abbey - July 2009

Abingdon Abbey (16 Pictures)

(8.0 miles, 12.9 km, direction NW)

Abingdon Abbey was founded in 675 and demolished following Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. During the life of the.....

Abingdon Museum (Old Berkshire County Hall), Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Abingdon Museum (6 Pictures)

(8.3 miles, 13.3 km, direction NW)

Abingdon museum is housed in the centre of this ancient town in the spectacular 17th century County Hall. It includes displays.....

The Lodge at Greys Court

Greys Court (70 Pictures)

(8.3 miles, 13.4 km, direction SE)

Intriguing Tudor Manor with 14th-century fortifications, and Ornamental gardens set within medieval walls. Things to see include.....

A picture of Champs Chapel Museum

Champs Chapel Museum (3 Pictures)

(9.0 miles, 14.6 km, direction W)

Displays of Hendred's Millenium history housed in a Grade one Listed ex-Carthusian Chapel (15th Century)...

Side view of the main building at Fawley Court, Henley on Thames

Fawley Court (5 Pictures)

(10.5 miles, 16.9 km, direction E)


All attractions in Wallingford
All attractions in Oxfordshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England