10 Reasons... Why Wantage is a great town to live

Oxford Mail: 10 Reasons... Why Wantage is a great town to live 10 Reasons... Why Wantage is a great town to live

1. The Vale and Downland Museum on Church Street. It is an educational experience, they’ve got a good cafe and do a lovely hot chocolate.

2. The Alms Houses in Mill Street and Eagles Close are part of a history going back 400 years, to when Queen Elizabeth granted them to the poor in the town charter.

3. Statues, in obvious places and hidden around the town. As well as the statue of King Alfred in the Market Place, in the new housing estate on what used to be St Mary’s School, you can now find the shoe tree, which commemorates the girls’ end-of-year tradition of throwing their shoes up into a tree.

4. The downs, and all the wonderful footpaths including the Ridgeway and the Icknield Way which takes you to the Millennium stones at Ardington and Lockinge

5. Independent shops. There aren’t many left but we have a good selection, from the relatively new Umami delicatessen to Badgers menswear which has been in the market place for more than 100 years.

6. Our wonderful selection of eating places, like the Bear Hotel in the Market Place.

7. The John Betjeman millennium memorial park is a quiet place to wander, sit and contemplate amongst the stones and statues

8. Wantage Leisure Centre, where you can swim and play tennis, badminton, squash, football and more.

9. Shush the venue in the market place. It is a good community venue and they have a wide variety of entertainment and it is well run.

10. Our parish church, Ss Peter and Paul. Architecturally it is a wonderful building, and it has a newish organ, but it is also a good place to quietly contemplate.

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