St Helen’s Powercut

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.
Wired
Walking round I found the powercut affected most of the town centre roads with St Helen in their name, below the Co-op.
Wired
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.

1 Comment August 26, 2016

Wrapped Objects Round Abingdon

These pictures were taken by my son ten years – as part of an art project which just involved wrapping objects round Abingdon.
Wrapped Objects
Wrapped Objects
Wrapped Objects
You can imagine. There were ten or twenty in the class wrapping up street furniture and each other in the name of art.

1 Comment August 25, 2016

Bus stop seating, a rusting post pox, and lots of weeds

Abingdon High Street
Thanks to Diana for sending me this picture. A community minded individual has provided seats at the bus stop on the Vineyard.
Abingdon High Street
Anne sent me a picture of a rusting postbox off Preston Road,
Abingdon High Street
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.

5 Comments August 24, 2016

A green bus shelter

Abingdon High Street
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.

7 Comments August 23, 2016

King Dick Abingdon

Abingdon High Street
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.
King Dick of Abingdon
There are also a lot of King Dick Abingdon spanners and wrenches.
King Dick of Abingdon
Somebody today is trying to sell a 1950s advert for King Dick tools. They were made at the Abingdon Works in Birmingham.
King Dick of Abingdon
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?

9 Comments August 22, 2016

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