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Remains of Queen's Tower at Su 6102 8971, Wallingford

Description: Remains of Queen's Tower at Su 6102 8971

Grade: I
Date Listed: 9 December 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 249217

OS Grid Reference: SU6103489717
OS Grid Coordinates: 461034, 189717
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6030, -1.1201

Location: Castle Lane, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 0BY

Locality: Wallingford
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX10 0BY

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Listing Text

SU6189 (East side)
8/58 Remains of Queen's Tower at
09/12/49 SU 6102 8971
(Formerly listed as Remains
of Queen's Tower and fragments
of Castle Wall)


Fragment of wall, probably former tower. Probably C13 with alterations. Coursed
squared limestone to west face; flint with tile bands to lower portion of east
face; flint and stone mixture to upper portion of east face. Convex curve to
west. Approx. 5m. long and 6m. high. History: Wallingford Castle was begun in
1067 by order of William the Conqueror; supervised by Robert D'Oyley. Motte and
Bailey Castle completed in 1071. Castle expanded in C13 under King John, and
King Henry III when it was held by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. In 1307 the castle
and town were given by Edward II to Piers Gaveston, created Baron Wallingford
In 1335 Edward III gave the castle to his son Edward, The Black Prince, Duke of
Cornwall, who spent large sums on repairs and improvements. Held during most of
C15 by Chaucer and de la Pole families of Ewelme. By 1540's the castle had
fallen into disrepair and stone was being used for other buildings in the town.
During the Civil War it was fortified as a Royalist stronghold. Charles I
inspected the new works in 1643. Siege of Wallingford in 1646 when colonel
Blagge was besieged for 16 weeks by Cromwell's troops. On 17th November 1652
Cromwell's Council of State ordered its demolition. This fragment traditionally
thought to form part of the Queen's Tower. It stands on a raised earth work. The
Castle is scheduled as an ancient monument.
("Wallingford Castle, a brief guide", 1984; V.C.H.: Berkshire, Vol.III, 1923,
p.523-531; Buildings of England: Berkshire, 1966, p.248).

(East side)
Remains of St. Nicholas s
See under Castle Lane (West side).

Listing NGR: SU6102089710

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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