Calleva House

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Calleva House, Wallingford, is situated on the South side of the High Street and is an outstanding example of a good early C.18th townhouse of distinction.
It was reputedly built for William Hucks, who was MP for the Borough from 1714 until his death in 1740, and he was also brewer to the householdof King George I. Whilst there is no confirmation that Calleva House was built for Hucks, it is certainly conceivable that a house of such architectural distinction should be built for a man who was both a MP and connected to the Royal Household.
The name “Calleva” was probably introduced during the Victorian period. At this time archaeologists and historians believed that Wallingford was a Roman Site of some importance, called Calleva, and this misnomer was given to the most notable house in the town. Research since then has shown that this Roman Site was in fact directly South of Wallingford, Nr Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Stylistically, the house belongs to the early C.18th with its classical facade, sash windows, moulded brickwork and deep cornice, and on this basis it is possible to date the house to c.1720. Again this would relate to the time when Hucks was the local MP, adding further circumstantial ‘evidence’ to the theory that the house was built for him.

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