At the Old Abbey Buildings, this evening, local historians and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the first 100 Entries of Abingdon People and Buildings on the town history portal.
The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Helen Pighills, cut the cake, and Manfred Brod told us how the project had been initiated, researched and edited by members of Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society.
Many people helped in the project. Pictured are Michael Harrison, who takes a lot of the photographs, and Ruth Weinberg who cooked the ABP 100 cake.
Ruth will also be doing a talk for Heritage Open Days at St Nicolas Church ‘Victorian Abingdon in pictures‘ on Thursday 10th September at 12:30.
If you can’t make that then there is another talk ’Albert Park – The Development of a Victorian Suburb‘ by Jackie Smith on Friday 11th September at 19:30. Both are free as are all Heritage Open Days events.
All articles are peer reviewed before they are published on the web – to ensure they are well researched, and read well. The first 100 articles contain Historic Buildings from Abbey Gateway to 48 West St Helen Street, and Abingdon People from The Ackling Family to William Thomas Garrett Woodforde.
Find out more at abingdon.gov.uk/partners/history.
September 3, 2015
The premises, previously known as the Saxton Arms Public House, has been given planning permission to become a shop by the Vale of White Horse District Council.
Now the premises are ‘closed for refurbishment’.
It will be interesting to see what sort of shop this will now become.
September 2, 2015
Thanks for the comments while we were away. Now, back in Abingdon, there is a chance to catch up with some of the happenings …
Preliminary work has begun on the development for 158 dwellings off Drayton Road. The first of the new pedestrian lights, funded by the development, on Marcham Road is underway. This is intended as a traffic mitigation measure.
10 Lime Trees have also been cut down to make an entrance to the Morland Gardens development.
Resurfacing work on Drayton Road from near Caldecott Road to Marcham Road has been completed. That was funded by Oxfordshire County Council not by the development.
September 1, 2015
We are away on our summer holiday. As this is our thirtieth wedding anniversary we have travelled further than usual.
There have been reminders of Abingdon, 3,359 miles away.
Old Speckled Hen beer has reached Kingston, a Canadian city located on Lake Ontario. British loyalists retreated here from the independent United States of America during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). They helped defend Canada from USA attempts to expand the States northwards in the war that followed in 1812.
However Canadians have not taken to “Old Speckled Hen” as well as might be expected and three years on, from the inauguration of this pub, the beer, that originated in Abingdon is no longer available on draft, only in cans.
We will be back home in a few days, where A and J are holding the fort. Then a very busy week as Heritage Day is on 12th Sept, something I help organise, and there are events before and after. See abingdonheritage.co.uk. By the way if anybody has pictures of Victorian ancestors, who lived in Abingdon, please get them copied in the library where we are starting a collection.
August 26, 2015