John Betjeman

John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, lived in Wantage for many years and wrote a number of poems about the town and the surrounding areas including "Wantage Bells" and "On Leaving Wantage". In the ringing chamber of the tower is a copy of "Wantage Bells", written in his own hand. It is said that he wrote it for the wedding of his daughter Candida, during which the bells were rung.

He also wrote a little known short historical article describing Wantage Parish Church. He finishes the piece with a plea for donations to help with the upkeep of the fabric of the church.

Click here to read the article


This page last modified: 30 July 2015