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Monday, 26 August 2013

Wallingford

Wallingford is a small town in Oxfordshire situated by the banks of the river Thames. The name suggests there was once a ford here and a Roman settlement 














 The 17th cent Town hall supported by the doric pillars is at the end of the Market Square. Today the ground floor is used an an information centre.


 This is a drinking fountain which was erected in the Square in 1885.






William the Conqueror came here in 1067 and had a castle built. In the castle gardens you can walk up to the top of the mound where the castle once stood. From here there are wonderful views over the town.






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25 comments:

  1. Beautiful place, and so English!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. I do love old places like you have in England and in Europe -- we're still such a "baby country" in age and history here in the US!!! Being able to see places like this when I lived in Europe was the very best! This is indeed a beautiful place and I love your captures for the day! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. You had a good old walk round the place, shame I could not have shown you round. BTW the drinking fountain was in the Bull Croft (park) when I was a kid and was only moved back to the market place a few years ago. The park just by the Coach and Horses is surrounded by the old Saxon walls they were the mounds you see on the far side. The castle was demolished by Oliver Cromwell as he was miffed the royalists used it and put up fight and he did not want it used again. I'm writing a blog at the moment will feature the castle in a bit of it.

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  4. Beautiful ornate water fountain! I love the details.

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  5. A very pretty English village .... time there to stop and smell the roses.

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  6. A beautiful little town with a very interesting history. Great photos.

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  7. What a lovely town, a wonderful tour. The Town Hall is pretty with the pillars and hanging flowers. And I love the old castle. Great photos, have a happy week!

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  8. What a beautiful village. I remember William the Conqueror from my history lessons!

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  9. What a cute little town! Just lovely. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  10. You are still walking along the river Thames I see and coming by some very nice places. I love the first picture of the houses, we have them in the south of our country too and in Germany there are many like that.

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  11. Wow! Wonderful sights! Great framings.

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  12. I feel like I'm traveling the world with this type of post ... an armchair traveler! Pretty village and always so much history.

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  13. I like unpicking these place names - it remarkable how much of the history of the UK can be gathered from them.

    Nice looking place.

    Cheers - Stewart M.

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  14. The drinking fountain is wonderful. Melbourne has two similar that I know of, but I don't think they are that old and certainly not so colourful.

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  15. It is indeed very beautiful and peaceful there. Thank you for taking me on your stroll around this ancient town. :-)

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  16. Nice little town, the drinking fountain is very special and beautiful !

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  17. How I'd love to spend more time in these wonderful villages...imagine standing where that castle was! Beautiful pictures are definitely the next best thing to being there...thanks!

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  18. What a beautiful English village.

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  19. The magic of walking around castle ruins imagining what it must hve been like a millennium ago!

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  20. What a wonderful world we live in. The cobblestones in front of the town hall caught my eye.

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  21. It looks to be a lovely village. I especially like the Town Hall, very "stiff upper lip"!

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