Abingdon History Portal contains 100 entries and is still growing

Abingdon Portal History 100
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.
Abingdon Portal History 100
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.
Abingdon Portal History 100
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.

Leave a Comment September 3, 2015

Saxton Arms has permission to become a Shop

Saxton Arms Shop
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.

5 Comments September 2, 2015

Preliminary Work for the 158 dwellings in a field off the Drayton Road

Thanks for the comments while we were away. Now, back in Abingdon, there is a chance to catch up with some of the happenings …
Drayton Road 158 dwellings
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.
Drayton Road 158 dwellings
10 Lime Trees have also been cut down to make an entrance to the Morland Gardens development.
Drayton Road 158 dwellings
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.

11 Comments September 1, 2015

3,359 miles away from Abingdon

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.

9 Comments August 26, 2015

Thames Source to Sea Relay via Abingdon

Thanks to Suzanne and Rob for this report from 4 days ago.

“My husband, Rob, our cat Lolly and myself took our boat upstream to Sandford and on Wednesday collected a bottle of Thames source water that is making it’s way downstream via different river users.

There is more information about its journey at: http://totallythames.org/events/info/source-to-sea-river-relay ). Our task was to safely carry the bottle from Sandford Lock to Abingdon Lock where it would be looked after for the night before continuing it’s journey the following day without us.

At Abingdon Lock Rob, of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers, was met by his fellow Morris men and they danced (in the pouring rain) to entertain boaters passing through the lock, before the bottle of source water was officially handed over to (ex Morris dancer) Frank who was manning the Lock.

There are more photos (non-Morris) and also a couple of video clips of the dancing available on Suzanne’s blog:http://thegabbleratchet.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/2015-totally-thames-source-to-sea-river.html

1 Comment August 25, 2015

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