Wallingford is a town steeped in history. From the medieval bridge over the Thames to the grassy banks of its ancient fortifications, it proclaims a colourful past. It's a town of surprises with the bustle of the Market Place contrasting with the tranquillity of the quiet back-streets.
It was the river that first attracted settlers to the area and in the Bronze and Iron Ages the rich soils encouraged farming communities. The Romans in turn left traces of occupation - burials, roads, coins and pottery - but it was left to the Anglo-Saxons to build the first town under the rule of King Alfred. Since its founding, Wallingford has at different times been the home of William the Conqueror and Queen Matilda. The castle was bounded on three sides by earthen walls and on the fourth by the river.
As times changed during the 16th century, the need for strong castles declined. The walls came down and the town was free to expand. The town has since undergone various other stages of expansion, perhaps most notably when the railway came in 1866. Through all these varying stages of expansion, the town has grown westwards, northwards and southwards from its core to this day, the east of the town is still bounded by the River Thames.
Today, Wallingford is a vibrant and aspirational place to live with a well established community infrastructure, set within the beautiful villages and countryside of South Oxfordshire.