Wallingford Castle, which dates back to the eleventh century, will undergo preservation work starting next year. Historic England has awarded a £283,200 grant to help repair the castle, which is located in southern England.
First built during the reign of William the Conquerer, Wallingford Castle was later dismantled on the orders of Oliver Cromwell. It is on the Heritage at Risk Register due to slow decay and damage from weather conditions, ivy regrowth and vandalism. The Castle Gardens and ruins are managed by Wallingford Town Council.
“The castle remains bear priceless witness to the important role Wallingford has played in English history and should be a source of pride to us all,” explains Wallingford Town Councillor Katharine Keats-Rohan. “I am enormously grateful to Historic England for helping us to save them for the future.”
The first phase of the repairs will be completed by the end of 2022. Currently, some parts of the castle remain fenced off for protection.
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