History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Birthplace of King Alfred
After the Norman Conquest the manor of Oxford was held by the crown until Richard the Lionheart granted it to the Earl of Abermarle. The town grew slowly throughout the medieval period, and really owes its prosperity to the growth of the leather processing industry in the 17th century.
The finest historic feature is a large memorial brass to Sir Ivo FitzWarin (d 1414), a famous warrior but best known today as the father-in-law of Dick Whittington. Even older is a monument to Sir Ivo's father in the choir, where you will find some extremely fine medieval misericords.
Vale and Downland MuseumThis fascinating free museum on Church Street tells the story of the Vale of White Horse. The museum hosts a large library of historic documents, including books, magazines, and pamphlets, and a large collection of wills covering the period from 1500-1699. There are over 3000 objects on show, and plenty of hands-on opportunities for all ages.
Aside from King Alfred perhaps the most famous resident of the town was the Poet Laureate John Betjeman, who wrote several poems about Wantage and the surrounding area. A small park named for the poet is located near the church.
In recent years Wantage has been used as a frequent setting for the popular TV series, Midsomer Murders.
Address: Wantage, Oxfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the A338 10 miles south west of Abingdon
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Wantage, St Peter and St Paul Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Vale and Downland Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Letcombe Regis, St Andrew's Church - 1.4 miles (Historic Church)
Ardington House - 2.1 miles (Historic House)
Childrey, St Mary's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Letcombe Bassett, St Michael & All Angels Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Sparsholt, Holy Cross Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
Goosey, All Saints Church - 3.5 miles (Historic Church)
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