The original Causton
Wallingford is a riverside town of narrow 9th century streets, a half-cobbled square and Elizabethan town hall. The river Thames at Wallingford is spanned by a 16 arch bridge and makes a splendid entrance to the town. Wallingford’s 16th century town hall hosts the tourist information centre. The local history museum offers a glimpse of the past with an audio commentary walk through time in the Wallingford Story.
The 19th century corn exchange is a theatre and home of the Sinodun players. It doubles as Causton theatre and the amateur dramatic group often provide extras for episodes of Midsomer Murders. Queen of English crime writing. Agatha Christie, lived and wrote in Wallingford. She is buried in nearby Cholsey.
The last successful invader of England, William the Conqueror crossed the river at Wallingford in 1066 and ordered a bigger castle to defend the settlement. Only the castle ruins remain today; a victim of bitter fighting during the English Civil War. The castle was the last Royalist stronghold to surrender to Oliver Cromwell after a 65 day siege; Cromwell ordered its destruction.
Visitors choosing to arrive by boat will find Wallingford moorings on either side of the river Thames. Find out more in-depth information about Wallingford’s past, present and future. Learn more about Wallingford’s Midsomer Murders connections.