There are a few establishments in and around Wallingford which have the word 'hotel' in their title. Although we don't, we are hotel-equivalent. OK, we don't run a bar or a dining room for evening meals but the quality of our accommodation and service at least equals, or betters, that which you would get in an hotel. That's enough about us. You want to know more about Wallingford.
Wallingford, situated on the Thames, was historically a walled Saxon town, and the remains of the town walls can still be seen today. William the Conqueror built Wallingford Castle and he, and his successors, used it as a royal residence until the time of the Black Death. The Castle was demolished by the order of Oliver Cromwell in 1646 after a 65 day siege. The 350th Anniversary of the siege has recently been celebrated. The remains of the Castle can still be seen from the Castle Gardens.
Wallingford was formerly a Borough, having its first Charter granted in 1155. The Council members are still robed and the Mace is processed on Ceremonial occasions. The Town Hall, built in 1670, houses the Town Plate and many portraits including the only known portrait of Judge Blackstone. Other portraits painted by Hayller, Lawrence and Gainsborough may be viewed by appointment.
Today Wallingford is a thriving Market Town; it is characterised by narrow streets with their variety of small shops, pubs and restaurants, the antique shops in the Lamb Arcade, and the parks, commons and gardens; the centre is a major conservation area with examples of churches and architecture dating back to the 14th Century; the landscape from the River Thames is officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.