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On Saturday 15th July, the marketplace will be transformed with live music, dancing and a Mummers’ play to celebrate the history of the curfew bell.
In 1069, Wallingford was granted an extra hour of curfew by William the Conqueror for allowing his army to cross the Thames in 1066. To this day, the curfew bell still rings every evening around 9pm.
- 4/4.15pm- 5pm: Quarter Peal of bells from St Mary’s Church
- 5pm: Short announcement of the history of the bell
- 5.15pm – 6.35pm: Live music from the Coverbuoys
- 6.35pm: Poetry competition announcement
- 7pm: Music from the Antler Ceilidh band (dancing
- 7.50pm: Mummer’s Play
- 8.10pm: Music from the Antler Ceilidh band (dancing
- 8.50pm: Curfew bell rings, announcement & choir sings
The Town Hall will be open with a display from the museum, and there will be an exciting heritage workshop with an art twist with artist Kremena Dimitrova in the marketplace from 2pm – 5pm.
It’s set to be an exciting community event, which we hope will become an annual date in the diary.