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Fragment of Castle Wall at Su 6096 8978

A Grade I Listed Building in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.6036 / 51°36'12"N

Longitude: -1.1211 / 1°7'15"W

OS Eastings: 460965

OS Northings: 189781

OS Grid: SU609897

Mapcode National: GBR 911.KC3

Mapcode Global: VHCYH.JY5L

Entry Name: Fragment of Castle Wall at Su 6096 8978

Listing Date: 9 December 1949

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1181852

English Heritage Legacy ID: 249216

Location: Wallingford, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX10

County: Oxfordshire

District: South Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Wallingford

Built-Up Area: Wallingford

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

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Listing Text

SU6089NE (East side)
10/57 Fragment of Castle wall at
09/12/49 SU 6096 8978
(Formerly listed as Remains of
Queen's Tower and fragments of
Castle Wall)


Fragment of Castle wall. Probably C13. Coursed squared limestone to south face;
knapped flint with stone dressings to north face. Approx. 6m. 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 II 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 dela 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 probably formerd part of the Inner Bailey. The Castle
area 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).

Listing NGR: SU6096089780

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