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Thame Town Information

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Church of St.Mary the Virgin, Thame - Photo © Rob Farrow
Church of St.Mary the Virgin, Thame
Photo: Rob Farrow CCL

An attractive market town mentioned in the Domesday Book, Thame has a host of charming buildings dating as far back as the 15th century lining its wide, mile-long main street. The poet John Milton was taught at the local 15th century grammar school. Another pupil was John Hampden, cousin of Oliver Cromwell, who was killed nearby at the Battle of Chalgrove in 1643. Thame’s parish church was rebuilt in the 13th century when the boat-shaped market area was created. The old Spread Eagle inn was made famous by the cookery writer John Fothergill who pioneered the notion of country pubs becoming eateries.