In 1934, the famous crime novelist Agatha Christie moved with her second husband to Winterbrook House in Winterbrook, on the outskirts of Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Christie lived there a quiet life, got inspiration for her books, and served as president of the local amateur dramatic society. She was buried nearby, at Cholsey’s St. Mary’s Church, after she passed away in 1976.
The town of Wallingford has been commemorating her legacy ever since, honoring her at the permanent Agatha Christie exhibition at the Wallingford Museum and at the Agatha Christie trail, which follows places with connections to her.
On September 9th, 2023, less than a week before her 133 birthday, Mathew Prichard, Christie’s grandson, unveiled a life-size bronze statue of her in a special ceremony.
Sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies, who sculpted the Agatha Christie Memorial in London, received the commission from Wallingford Town Council to create the statue. Twiston-Davies depicted Christie sitting on a bench, holding a book, overlooking the Kinecroft.
Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was one of the best-selling novelists in history; she wrote 74 novels (mainly detective stories), 14 short story collections, 19 plays, and an autobiography. Her work was adapted into films, TV series, and stage plays. Her books have been translated into over 100 languages and sold over two billion copies worldwide.
BBC News | 09/09/2023
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