9th Sep 2018

Wallingford's Top Attractions...

There’s little doubt that Wallingford has plenty to offer. Amongst the top attractions listed on the popular website ‘Trip Advisor’ are Wallingford Museum described as ‘a treasure trove of local information and artefacts,’ The Corn Exchange, a ‘great local theatre – full of charm’ with a cinema, run by local volunteers and the ruined Wallingford Castle, where today’s visitors can enjoy a scenic, historical walk amidst beautifully landscaped gardens.

Beechcroft’s Silversmith Place has become something of an attraction for local home buyers over the age of 55 who really want to live in the heart of this vibrant and historic market town. The development is just a short stroll from the Corn Exchange and within a few minutes’ walk of the castle ruins.

Located between St Martin’s Street and Goldsmith’s Lane, this new development comprises just 22 elegant, two-bedroom apartments overlooking a communal garden, created at first floor level. On the ground floor is a communal lobby, allocated parking space and two retail units. Lifts from the residents’ car park provide access to each floor and there is an on-site Estate Manager to handle the day-to-day administration and maintenance of the development, to keep an eye on properties whilst owners are away and to offer help and advice, if, and when, needed.

The development’s name was inspired by the silversmiths who worked at Wallingford’s mint, particularly those ‘moneyers’ who produced ‘long cross pennies.’ Until the middle of the 13th century, short cross pennies were in circulation – many of which were ‘clipped’ – an illegal practice which enabled the culprits to melt down the resulting slivers of silver. A great council, held at Oxford in 1246, resulted in the production of new coins marked with a ‘long cross’ which would extend to the edge of the coin and, in theory, prevent the coin being clipped. In practise, this wasn’t exactly the case but some of the new coins were minted in Wallingford by moneyers bearing the names Robert, Ricard, Clement and Alisandre in Wallingford.

The long cross pennies, such as the one found prior to development at Silversmith Place, are not ‘precious’ – but the apartments are extremely valuable for the over 55s – offering a relaxed way of life in a new home that requires little maintenance in a location where a car isn’t a necessity. Seven of the new homes have already been sold with a further nine reserved, leaving just six apartments available. Prices start from £350,000 for a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor with a Juliette balcony to £475,000 for a first floor apartment with two bedrooms, a study and two balconies.

For further information on the remaining two-bedroom apartments at Silversmith Place, please contact Beechcroft’s sales team between 10 am and 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday inclusive on 01491 832762. For details of all Beechcroft developments, please visit the website on www.beechcroft.co.uk.

Beechcroft retirement developments


Beechcroft is a leading UK retirement developer building outstanding homes for the over 55s in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, Gloucester and Kent. Beechcroft’s retirement houses and apartments offer award-winning landscaped settings and estate management services, access to shops and services and a community of like-minded people.

This is independent retirement living at its best - perfect retirement properties for the over 55’s to live in or lock up and leave.