Visit Thame and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Thame, Oxfordshire, is an ancient, broad-streeted market town whose charter goes back to the days of Wulfhere, King of Mercia. Only 14 miles. from Oxford and less than 50 miles from London, its enormously wide High Street is packed once a year with all the colour of a medieval fairground at the time of the Thame Show.
The High Street is lined with every style of architecture, weathered and blended from the 15th century to the present day. It has many famous inns but none more famous than the Spread Eagle. This was due to John Fothergill, who between the two World Wars was responsible for the vast improvement in country-inn catering throughout Britain. Beyond the 16th century almshouses at the north end of the High Street is a gabled stone building of 1569. This was the famous Thame Grammar School which numbered Milton, Speaker Lenthall and John Hampden among its pupils. In 1878 the school moved to less distinguished quarters. Nearby is the house where John Hampden died in 1643 after being wounded at the Battle of Chaigrove.
The cruciform Church of the Blessed Virgin stands down by the bridge which crosses the Thame on the north side of the town. The present church, possibly built on early Anglo-Saxon foundations, is mostly 13th century. This part comprises the chancel, the nave arcades and the lower part of the central tower which was raised nearly 100 ft in the 15th cent. There was considerable and intelligent restoration work carried out at the end of the last century. Particularly notable are the altar tombs of the Quatremam family, all 14th and l5th century work. The most magnificent is the tomb of Lord Williams who died in 1559 and who had acted as host to Princess Elizabeth as a prisoner and entertained her twice as Queen. Later adapting himself to the changes wrought by Mary Tudor, he supervised the burning of Archbishop Cranmer and his companions at Oxford.
Thame Park, just about 1 ½ miles south of the town, stands on the site of Thame Abbey, listed as the third richest Cistercian house in England at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Many features of the abbey are incorporated into the house, which is now a private residence.
Nearby towns: Aylesbury, Bicester, High Wycombe, Oxford, Princes Risborough, Wallingford, Wendover
Nearby villages: Aston Rowant, Benson, Bledlow, Brill, Chinnor, Cuddington, Long Crendon, Great Haseley, Great Milton, Haddenham, Oakley, Waterperry, Waterstock, Wheatley
Have you decided to visit Thame or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Thame bed and breakfast (a Thame B&B or Thame b and b)
- a Thame guesthouse
- a Thame hotel (or motel)
- a Thame self-catering establishment, or
- other Thame accommodation