Wallingford Castle

A few hours spent in Wallingford

This is not the first time I have visited Wallingford, which I find to be a very pretty town.

Each time I have visited I have spent time in the shops, and never been to see the Castle.

I returned today with the sole intent of visiting the Castle and its grounds.

History behind the castle from Wikipedia

Wallingford Castle was a major medieval castle situated in Wallingford in the English county of Oxfordshire (historically in Berkshire until the 1974 reorganisation), adjacent to the River Thames. Established in the 11th century as a motte-and-bailey design within an Anglo-Saxon burgh, it grew to become what historian Nicholas Brooks has described as “one of the most powerful royal castles of the 12th and 13th centuries”.[1] Held for the Empress Matilda during the civil war years of the Anarchy, it survived multiple sieges and was never taken. Over the next two centuries it became a luxurious castle, used by royalty and their immediate family. After being abandoned as a royal residence by Henry VIII, the castle fell into decline. Refortified during the English Civil War, it was eventually slighted, i.e. deliberately destroyed, after being captured by Parliamentary forces after a long siege. The site was subsequently left relatively undeveloped, and the limited remains of the castle walls and the considerable earthworks are now open to the public.

Far more information and history at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallingford_Castle

The first thing you see approaching the Castle remains from believe it or not Castle Street is this monument.

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The entrance to the castle is through this gate

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There is information about the Castle Gardens and remains on a noticeboard just inside the gardens.  I have put a picture of it here,  it does feature in the video below, but you may be able to glean some interesting facts from it in a still frame format.  It may be a little blurred for that but give it a try.

DSCF7805If you are interested I have posted an approximately 4 minute slide show below for you to watch.

Wallingford Castle is tucked away, well worth a visit in the dry. I did some climbing and walking on steep paths with no railings. Overall Wallingford could do with signs in town to some of its places of interest. There is a sign in Castle Street which points to the Castle and Gardens. A sign is needed near to Waitrose, and possibly in the Town Square so people are aware of the Castle’s position.

A lovely day out for me with plenty to see in lovely weather!

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