Friday, 31 March 2017

Five on Friday - Villages Along the Thames



Hello

Thanks for calling in, especially as we are linking up with FAST for Five on Friday.
Today, I'm giving you a taster of five towns and villages along the River Thames in Oxfordshire. Here's a map to get us started.  There are plenty of walks around each of these delightful characterful places.

One - Wallingford

Wallingford is the best surviving example of a Saxon fortified town in England.  Its earthworks were built by King Alfred in the 9th Century. William the Conqueror and his army crossed the Thames here in 1066 on his way to London and ordered a castle to be built.  Over the centuries, the castle passed through many royal hands right up to Oliver Cromwell who ordered its demolition in 1652, so only the ruins remain today, set in beautiful gardens.  As an old market town, Wallingford still has a market, independent shops as well as antique shops, has a local history museum and an interesting open space called Kinecroft which has Saxon banks.

The Corn Market is now used as a theatre and has appeared in Midsomer Murders on TV.


Castle Gardens and ruins
View of the town from the Castle

Wallingford Bridge
Two - Cholsey

St Mary's Church in Cholsey was an abbey founded in 986 by Ethelred the Unready and it is probably the last place that you would expect to find Agatha Christie's gravestone but she did live in the area in Winterbrook House.  Her husband, Sir Max Mallowan is also buried there.



Three - Goring and Streatley

These two villages are on opposite banks of the river, fortunately with a bridge in between.  They are located in the gap between the Berkshire Downs and Chilterns with the Ridgeway Path close by. Goring was recently in the news as singer George Michael lived there.







Four - Pangbourne

Between Goring and Pangbourne lies the famous National Trust property Basildon Park, famous to us Five of Fridayers thanks to Amy.




Five - Mapledurham

Next up is the Mapledurham Estate, a 12th Century family house and farming estate, complete with the only working watermill on the Thames still producing flour and a hydro-power Archimedes screw turbine producing sustainable electricity using the river.  The Estate is open to the public on certain days, see website, when you are able to take a boat trip, have a cream tea or attend one of their events.  You may recognise the buildings as they have featured in Midsomer Murders, The Eagle has Landed, Miss Marple, the Big Allotment Challenge and Sharpe.







Many thanks to Tricky and Carly.

Have a great weekend.

Cheerio







27 comments:

  1. Lovely rustic towns and the English countryside at its best! Happy Friday!

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  2. Five places I've never been. And they all look wonderful. We often do weekends away and I try to find new places, but I know very little about that part of the country. This might inspire me to visit.

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    1. It's a great stretch of the Thames, so pretty. 😊

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  3. What an excellent Five on Friday post! I love historic places, all part of our rich English heritage. Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with Five on Friday, I hope you have a fantastic weekend

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  4. Lovely tour. Armchair traveling for me ... thank you! Happy Friday!

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  5. I enjoyed traveling through your pictures and history. Thanks.

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  6. Wallingford and Goring are two of my favourite riverside towns. Your photos have brought happy memories back of family riverboat holidays in the late 60's. B x

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    1. Glad you enjoyed a trip down memory lane. x

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  7. Love all this amazing history! I am especially so fond of Ancient European history (as well as pre-history) and I loved the reference to Ethelred the Unready! All of your photos are wonderful. Especially love the wonderful thatched cottage.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, pity it wasn't a bit sunnier when I visited, a blue sky is always better!

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  8. Lovely places to visit. I'm visiting from Five on Friday.

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  9. They all look lovely and interesting villages. I didn't know that Agatha Christie was buried in Oxfordshire, I thought perhaps she was buried in Devon. The last building (No5) looks wonderfuland it does look familiar too:)

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    1. It's like one of her mysteries especially as she's known as Lady Mallowan! 😊

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  10. Good post, we visited Wallingford because of its Midsomer connection and meant to go on to visit Agatha's grave, but didn't make it.

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    1. It's so pretty round there isn't it.

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  11. I really enjoyed this post. I don't know the area at all but as you know, I recently visited Henley on Thames, which is another lovely place, when we visited Daniel a few weeks ago. I didn't know that Agatha Christie was buried in Cholsey and I've only heard of Goring as it's been in the news recently. I shall have to remember these places for when we visit Daniel again.

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    1. There are so many pretty places on the Thames, especially round the Chilterns. Glad you enjoyed it.😊

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  12. How neat it must be to live in such a historical place. So many interesting and beautiful places to go and see. Thanks for the photo tour!

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  13. beautiful trip. thank you for showing
    i plan to travel along the thames too.

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