Guide to the Town of Watlington in Oxfordshire....
On the northern edge of the Chilterns and only 15 miles or so from the City of Oxford, Watlington is an attractive small market town surrounded by gently rolling countryside, ideal for walking and cycling and perfectly located for exploring the Chiltern Hills and the towns and villages alongside the Thames in Oxfordshire. The town and surrounding areas have often featured in the BBC series Midsomer Murders.
The Icknield Way and The Ridgeway National Trail, run within half a mile of the town as does the Oxfordshire Way. Watlington is the heartland of the re-introduced red kites which can often be seen soaring above the roof tops.
The town is steeped in history and was first recorded as a Saxon settlement in the 8th Century, but the discoveries of a Bronze Age Axe and Roman Coins suggest an earlier past. In the centre is the Town Hall. This was built by Thomas Stonor to commemorate the restoration of the Monarchy at the end of the Civil War. The Hall initially served the three posts of Market House, School and Meeting Place.
There are many historic buildings in Watlington, particularly around the core of the town. Several date from the 17th Century or earlier but are concealed behind later refronting carried out in the 18th and 19th Century. Historic buildings of particular note in Watlington include St Leonard’s Church, which dates in part to the 12th Century.
Nearby country houses and attractions include Stonor Park, Grey's Court and the Thameside towns of Marlow and Henley on Thames, home to the Royal Regatta.nd the world famous
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015