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Dame Agatha Christie, the famous crime novelist, short story writer and playwright lived in Wallingford for over 40 years on the outskirts of the town and died in her Winterbrook House Home in 1976.
To commemorate her life, Wallingford Town Council commissioned a life size bronze statue of her, funded by an Arts Grant.
Councillor Steve Beatty who heads-up the project says: “It is fitting that Wallingford has a permanent tribute to Agatha Christie and we hope that the town comes together for a weekend of celebrations”.
The bronze statue shows the Queen of Crime seated on a bench overlooking the Kine Croft, as if drawing inspiration for her next novel.
Figurative sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies, who also designed the Agatha Christie sculpture ‘The Book’ in London, sees the statue as a ‘testament to the power of imagination’, and there are many intriguing details to captivate those who pause to sit next to her.
The bench is positioned against the backdrop of Wallingford Museum, where visitors can discover a permanent Christie exhibition with corresspondence and pictures from the time she spent living here inconspicuously beside the Thames.
Unveiling and Making of the Statue
On Saturday 9th September, we had the privilege of having Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, with us to unveil the statue of her. This life-size, bronze statue of Agatha Christie by figurative sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies now sits overlooking the Kinecroft.