Made in Abingdon

July 14, 2017

Made in Abingdon
At the library there is a small display showing the Longworth Factory that opened on the Radley Road in 1960 to make scientific instruments. The board tells a little of the history of Longworth, from when they made ironing boards in the ex-Abingdon Carpet Factory. Longworth are now known as Penlon.
Made in Abingdon
On the way to the library, I passed an MG, Made in Abingdon…
Made in Abingdon
a bollard, probably made in Ballard’s Foundry in Abingdon …
Made in Abingdon
and some pottery, Made in Abingdon, in the window of Added Ingredients.

Bob Frampton will soon have a new book out called ‘Made in Abingdon’ about MGs. The museum always has a number of artifacts Made in Abingdon. And on Heritage Open Day, on the weekend of 9th-10th September, we hope to have pictures and walks about things Made in Abingdon, and the places they were made. So I would love it if people could send any pictures they have on the theme ‘Made in Abingdon’ to backstreet60@gmail.com .

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5 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. ppjs  |  July 15, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    While they weren’t made Abingdon, The big [3 litre] Austin Healey cars were assembled here. A considerably different beast and now selling for eye-watering money.

    I like Ballard’s bollard – very alliterative, quite bowls me over….

  • 2. Graham  |  July 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t have any photographs that I have taken myself but some of the bridges on the M4 were made at Cowley Concrete on the Radley Road . Google “Cowley concrete m4″ and you get a geeky site on motorways http://motorwayarchive.ihtservices.co.uk/en/motorways/motorway-listing/m4/m4-chiswick-to-slough-bypass-j1-to-j5/index.cfm

    Under Wellesley Rd bridge, third paragraph you will see the reference to Cowley concrete. I live on the estate now occupying the site and my neighbour told me there is a large part of a discarded motorway bridge still buried in his garden. I have hit smaller but significant concrete when digging in my garden.

  • 3. Badger  |  July 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Seeing that Ballard’s bollard reminds me of the one that used to be in the footpath in Saint Edmunds Lane, does anyone know what happened to that.

  • 4. Captainkaos2  |  July 16, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Badger, it is that one !

  • 5. Badger  |  July 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Ck2 – Ah! Must try to keep up. I imagined someone had cashed it in as scrap metal. Glad it’s still with us.

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