Offering a personal insight into the area from a firsthand perspective, Melissa moved to Wallingford in 2003 from London, living in the centre of the town. After approximately six years she moved out to experience village life in the charming village of Blewbury. With her children at school in the area, Melissa can offer further advice and assistance to families moving into the area with local knowledge of schools and amenities.
Melissa started her career in London as a Headhunter / Recruitment consultant which enabled her to develop excellent people skills, specifically while dealing with clients across numerous different industries. The skills needed for both recruitment and estate agency are easily transferrable, and therefore Melissa expects a fluid crossover into estate agency. For the last five years Melissa has been at the University of Oxford as a Grant Administrator. This role required being people orientated and the ability to work well taking projects forward, a skill most apt for ensuring people can trust Davis Tate to sell their house for them efficiently. Wallingford
was a walled Saxon town on the Thames and the remains of the town walls can still be seen today. William the Conqueror built Wallingford Castle, which was used as a royal residence until the time of the Black Death. The Castle was demolished by the order of Oliver Cromwell in 1646 after a 65 day siege. The remains of the Castle can be seen from the Castle Gardens.
The Town Hall, built in 1670, houses the Town Plate and many portraits including the only known portrait of Judge Blackstone. Other portraits painted by Hayller, Lawrence and Gainsborough may be viewed by appointment.
Wallingford was formerly a Borough, having its first Charter granted in 1155. The Council are still robed and the Mace is processed on Ceremonial occasions.
Wallingford is a thriving market town. The centre is a major conservation area with fine examples of churches and architecture dating back to the 14th century. The landscape from the River Thames is officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The narrow streets with their variety of small shops, pubs and restaurants, the antique shops in the Lamb Arcade, and the parks, commons and gardens make it a very pleasant town.
The Country Market is held every Friday in the Regal Centre and The Farmers’ Market is held every third Tuesday in the Market Place.
The Corn Exchange is the home of Wallingford’s cinema and theatre, producing a wide variety of productions throughout the year.
Wallingford is within easy reach of both the M40 and the M4 and only 15 miles from Oxford. The town is frequently seen on television in location shots for the ITV production of Midsummer Murders, starring John Nettles, and may local residents are invited as “extras”.