At about 8:30pm we got a call from our daughter, who lives in St Helens Mill, saying they had a powercut. We were not affected, but stepping outside I was in darkness and nearly bumped into somebody coming up the path.
Walking round I found the powercut affected most of the town centre roads with St Helen in their name, below the Co-op.
Candles lit up some evening meals, and pedestrians found there way using mobile phone torches. The old anchor had lamps outside.
It was strange that it did not affect our house. Shows we can all be wired differently.
August 26, 2016
These pictures were taken by my son ten years – as part of an art project which just involved wrapping objects round Abingdon.
You can imagine. There were ten or twenty in the class wrapping up street furniture and each other in the name of art.
August 25, 2016
Thanks to Diana for sending me this picture. A community minded individual has provided seats at the bus stop on the Vineyard.
Anne sent me a picture of a rusting postbox off Preston Road,
and some of the weeds also growing along Preston Road.
She wanted to know how to get anything done about them to improve the look of the town.
August 24, 2016
When most of the bus shelters in Abingdon got painted black, about six years ago, one bus shelter escaped. It can be found where Landseer Walk comes out on Preston Road. The shelter has not seen a lick of paint in decades, but is not completely forgotten. The 41 – South Abingdon Town Service – stops there.
August 23, 2016
I sometimes look at images of Abingdon from Ebay where postcards and other collectibles are for sale. Very occasionally I will buy a vintage postcard.
Search for ‘Abingdon’ on Ebay and you will also find: MG memorabilia, Abingdon Town Football programmes and badges, Abingdon vases, and books produced by the Abingdon Press.
There are also a lot of King Dick Abingdon spanners and wrenches.
Somebody today is trying to sell a 1950s advert for King Dick tools. They were made at the Abingdon Works in Birmingham.
Going further back you find vintage motorcycles called Abingdon King Dick or AKD.
Does anybody know the missing link between Birmingham based King Dick Abingdon and Abingdon-on-Thames?
August 22, 2016