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Townhall Picture Wallingford was a walled Saxon Town on the Thames, and the remains of the  town walls can still be seen today. William the Conqueror built Wallingford  Castle, which was used as a royal residence until the time of the Black Death.  The Castle was demolished by the order of Oliver Cromwell in 1646 after a 65 day  siege. The 350th Anniversary of the siege is being celebrated this year. The  remains of the Castle can be seen from the Castle Gardens.

The Town Hall, built in 1670, houses the Town Plate and many portraits  including the only known portrait of Judge Blackstone. Other portraits painted  by Hayller, Lawrence and Gainsborough may be viewed by appointment.

Wallingford was formerly a Borough, having its first Charter granted in 1155.  The Council are still robed and the Mace is processed on Ceremonial occasions.

Today Wallingford is a thriving Market Town; the centre is a major  conservation area with examples of churches and architecture dating back to the  14th Century. The landscape from the River Thames is officially designated as an  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The narrow streets with their variety of small shops, pubs and restaurants,  the antique shops in the Lamb Arcade, and the parks, commons and gardens make it  a very pleasant town.

Wallingford is within easy reach of both the M40 and the M4, and is only 15  miles from Oxford.

Local Information

  • Tourist Information Centre: The Town Hall, Market Place Tel: 01491 826972

  • Post Office: Martin McColl, 11 St Martins Street Tel: 01491  826400

  • Population: 7,000+

  • Early closing: Wednesday (some shops stay open)

  • Market Day: Friday

  • Car Parks: St Albans, High St; Goldsmith's Lane, Castle St; Cattle  Market, Wood St; Thames St, St. Georges Road and Riverside (during  season)

  • Fire, Police, Ambulance in an emergency dial 999
    • Police: Reading Road Tel: 01235 512929
    • Hospitals
      • Community Hospital, Reading Road Tel: 01491 835533 (minor  casualty dept.)
      • John Radcliffe (Casualty Dept), Headley Way, Headington, Oxford Tel: 01865 741166

  • Travel:
    • Bus:Stagecoach and  Oxford Tube timetables and online ticket shop.

  • Citizens Advice Bureau: Bullcroft Park, High Street Tel: 01491  833118
    Open: Monday & Friday 10am - 1pm, Tuesday 10am - 3pm

  • Library: High Street Tel: 01491 837395

  • Local newspapers:
    • Wallingford Herald (Thu), 23 St Martin's Street, Wallingford Tel: 01491 835292
    • Oxford Times (Fri), Osney Mead, Oxford Tel: 01865 244988
    • Oxford Mail, Osney Mead, Oxford Tel: 01865 244988
    • The Star (Thu), Osney Mead, Oxford Tel: 01865  244988

  • Local Radio & TV:
    • Central Television, Unit 9, Windrush Court, Abingdon Tel: 01235 554123
    • FOX FM, Brush House, Pony Road, Oxford Tel: 01865 748787
    • BBC Radio Oxford 95.2 FM, 269 Banbury Road, Oxford Tel: 01865  311444

  • Local Council Offices:
    • South Oxfordshire District Council, Council Ofices, P.O. Box 21,  Crowmarsh Tel: 01491 35351
    • Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND Tel: 01865 792422
    • Wallingford Town Council, 9 St Martin's Street Tel: 01491  835373

  • Churches:

Recreation, Sport & Leisure

  • Social Clubs
  • Sports Clubs
    • Wallingford Sports and Social Club, Apply for membership to:  Wallingford Sports Trust, Hithercroft Road Tel: 01491 835044

  • Sports Centres:
    • Regal Sports and Social Centre, St Martin's Street Tel: 01491  835303
    • Bullcroft, High Street Tel: 01491 834707

  • Rowing:
    • Wallingford Rowing  Club, Thames Street Tel: 01491 825045

  • Squash:
    • Wallingford Squash Rackets Club, High Street Tel: 01491  835072

  • Golf:
    • Hadden Hill Golf Course, Wallingford Road, Didcot, OX11 9BJ Tel: 01235 510410

  • Theatres
    • Sinodun Players, The Corn Exchange, Market Place Tel: 01491  82500

  • Museums
    • Wallingford Museum, Flint House, High Street Tel: 01491 835065

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