Iconic Abingdon Shop Marie Boutique To Close After 81 Years

After 81 years serving the Abingdon community and beyond, the team at Marie Boutique are sorry to announce they will be closing the doors for the last time this Autumn.
Marie Boutique To Close
Marie was established in 1936 as a traditional Corsetry and Underwear shop in Abingdon, and has evolved under owner Amanda Prior into a destination boutique and website Pure Marie for lingerie, fashion and accessories from around the globe. Over the years, Marie has established a loyal customer base, through a dedicated and specialist bra fitting service.
Marie Boutique To Close
Despite a dedicated search, to date no potential owner has been found to build on the longstanding heritage. After 30 years at the helm of Marie, Amanda is looking forward to spending more time with her family, (and in her garden!) whilst Verity will be moving on to a new challenge near her home in Winchester.

Over the forthcoming weeks they would love to see any customers past and present to say goodbye, and of course stock up on your favourites before it’s too late!

Watch their shop for further information about the final stock clearance.

1 Comment August 18, 2017

Abingdon Street, Blackpool

Sometimes when away from Abingdon, I come across places with the name as our home town: Abingdon Street in Blackpool is a such a place
Abingdon Street
Abingdon Street indoor Market has over 70 stall holders. It has been a market since 1928, and underwent a major refurbishment in 2012.
Abingdon Street
The Abingdon fish stall got a mention by Rick Stein in a cookery book after he used some of the produce. Other stalls also have the Abingdon name, and I got my hair cut in the Abingdon Market for just £7.
Abingdon Street
Abingdon Street itself is in the centre of Blackpool, close to Blackpool Tower. It runs from the Winter Gardens theatre complex to Springfield Road 400 yards away.
Abingdon Street
It is mostly a retail street. I could not find why it got the name Abingdon Street. The fishmonger and barber did not know.

1 Comment August 16, 2017

Little Treasures

Captain Kaos 2 says “Having walked along East Saint Helens Street more times than I care to remember during my 60 plus years being a born and bred Abingdonian, I have to say the amount of little treasures that I come across never cease to amaze me. But you have to look up, as well as down.
There are at least three properties still displaying their Insurance plates. These would inform the fire brigade (in a time when their attendance was chargeable) that your property was insured and you would be able to cover their charges.

The forthcoming Heritage theme will focus on “Made in Abingdon.”

Here are  two companies that have long since gone, both foundries making various iron & steel products.
How many of you know the location of this? A clue is the Box tree growing through some railings.
Also to add that Martin has designed a trail during Heritage Weekend looking for such treasures.

Leave a Comment August 15, 2017

Light House Church

Light House Church
The Abingdon Lighthouse Church had a musical event on the Market Place on Saturday August 12th. They have been in Abingdon for about a decade and are part of the much larger Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). RCCG is a worldwide church that was established in 1952 in Lagos, Nigeria, and now, according to wikipedia, has a presence in 196 countries.

Thanks to Elizabeth for sending the picture. I am away for a few days but can publish anything sent to backstreet60@gmail.com. There might even be the odd entry on notabingdon.blogspot.com

3 Comments August 13, 2017

Changes at the Charter and Abbey Centres

Back in November 2008 this blog reported that The Charter Day Centre for elderly people was moving. They needed more space, and were swapping places with the learning disability centre who needed less space. The Abbey Centre and Charter Centre were modified to make the swap possible. Now in 2017 I hear rumours that the day centre will be closing, and so anticipate the learning disability centre moving back to the Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre – formerly the Abbey Centre. Users will know more if I have got the wrong end of the stick.
Also I read that ‘Oxfordshire Learning Disability Services has now moved to Oxford Health. The Learning Disability Services are specialist health services for people with a learning disability in Oxfordshire. Formerly provided by Southern Health, the staff have moved across.‘ So the signs outside the Abbey Centre will change again. Not just Southern Health but also The Alzheimer’s Society.
It has already been reported that the Alzheimer’s Society will be unable to continue providing services down at the Abbey Centre as the County Council are cutting funding for elderly people’s services generally. I have read that the County will give transitional financial support then expect care providers to become more self sustaining – a bit like those taking over the Children’s Centres. This is a large financial undertaking for such charities and their trustees.

3 Comments August 12, 2017

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