|Population||9,767 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Website||Wantage community website|
Wantage is a town in the Vale of the White Horse, near the Thames Valley, in the English county of Berkshire, and about 17 miles (27 km) south-southwest of Oxford. It is famous for being the birthplace of King Alfred the Great.
Local government[change | change source]
Transport[change | change source]
Wantage is connected to Oxford, Didcot, Abingdon and Faringdon by regular bus services. The fastest public bus journey from Wantage to Oxford takes about 45 minutes, the slowest can take over 1 hour 15 minutes.
History[change | change source]
King Alfred the Great was born here in the 9th century. Wantage appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. Its value was £61 and it was in the king's ownership until 1190. Troops of the king were stationed in Wantage during the English Civil War.
Famous people[change | change source]
- King Alfred the Great was born in Wantage in 849.
- John Betjeman, Poet Laureate from 1972 to 1984, lived in Wantage and his book, 'Archie and the Strict Baptists' is based in the town. A memorial park has now been established in the town named after him, which includes extracts from his poems in a peaceful wooded area.
Twinning[change | change source]
Wantage is twinned with:
Other websites[change | change source]
- Wantage Community Website
- Wantage Town Council Archived 2003-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Wantage Churches Together Archived 2008-12-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage Archived 2009-04-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Royal Berkshire History: Wantage
- Wantage Silver Band
- King Alfred's School Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
- CTC Wantage Section Archived 2009-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Wantage Dive Club Archived 2010-02-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Wantage Choral Society
- Wantage Town Football Club
- Wantage local bus services