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Remains of Queen's Tower at Su 6102 8971

A Grade I Listed Building in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.603 / 51°36'10"N

Longitude: -1.1202 / 1°7'12"W

OS Eastings: 461031

OS Northings: 189714

OS Grid: SU610897

Mapcode National: GBR 911.KM0

Mapcode Global: VHCYH.JZN1

Plus Code: 9C3WJV3H+5W

Entry Name: Remains of Queen's Tower at Su 6102 8971

Listing Date: 9 December 1949

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1059619

English Heritage Legacy ID: 249217

ID on this website: 101059619

Location: Wallingford, South 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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(East side)
Remains of Queen's Tower at 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).

Listing NGR: SU6103189714

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