Wallingford Castle, Wallingford

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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". 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.History11th centuryAs an important regional town, overlooking a key crossing point on the River Thames, prosperous and with its own mint, the town of Wallingford had been defended by an Anglo-Saxon burgh, or town wall, prior to the Norman invasion of 1066. Wigod of Wallingford, who controlled the town, supported William the Conqueror's invasion and entertained the king when he arrived in Wallingford. Immediately after the end of the initial invasion, the king set about establishing control over the Thames Valley through constructing three key castles, the royal castles of Windsor and Wallingford, and the baronial castle, later transferred to royal hands, built at Oxford.
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  • Well worth a quick visit if you're passing through, and a longer stay if you have time. Wallingford Castle is in fact two separate sites - the Castle Gardens, which are open during daylight hours (but...  more »
  • Wallingford Castle was the first one built outside London on the orders of William I 'The Conqueror'. It was also the last to hold out for King Charles, against the Parliamentary forces. So the Common...  more »
  • The site divides into two. The first part is known as Castle Gardens and has opening times. Now during the winter the gardens close at 3.00. In this part you have the largest part of the ruined castle...  more »
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  • Very big gardens, fun to explore! Nice castle ruins and drawbridge to look at! Very close to the river, swimming pools and park!
  • Lovely grounds on historic site, even if few remains are left of the castle.
  • Said to have once been the largest castle in England until Oliver Cromwell had it semi demolished following the Civil War. The ruins still present a fascinating inside and the gardens are a delight. Well worth visiting.
  • Very nice and romantic place.
  • Town and country entwined, lovely green space!

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