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Wantage, Oxfordshire

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Wantage, Oxfordshire

Wantage is a market town and civil parish in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire, England. The town is on Letcombe Brook, about 8 miles south-west of Abingdon and a similar distance west of Didcot. Wantage was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. It is notable as the birthplace of King Alfred the Great in 849.
DistrictVale of White Horse
Post townWantage
Administrative CountyOxfordshire
Traditional CountyBerkshire
OS GridSU4087
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityThames Valley
Fire and Rescue AuthorityOxfordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityOxfordshire
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Central
Dialling code01235
Population9,767 (2001 census)

Other names by which Wantage, Oxfordshire has been known in the past

Wanating ~ Wanetinz

Wantage, Oxfordshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Wantage.-- market town, par., and township, Berks, in White Horse Vale, on Wilts and Berks Canal, 2½ miles SW. of Wantage Road ry. sta. and 9 miles SW. of Abingdon - par., 7530 ac., pop. 4378; town and township, 2503 ac., pop. 3488; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Wantage is an agricultural town, with an old church, a grammar school, a town hall, and a corn exchange. It is distinguished as the birthplace, in 849, of King Alfred, to whom, in 1877, a statue was erected in the market-place. Bishop Butler (1692-1752), author of the Analogy of Religion, was also a native.

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