February 17, 2013
In addition to opening on Saturday September 14th 2013 for Heritage Open Day
the Oxford Preservation Trust opened up the oldest house in East St Helen Street and one of the oldest in Abingdon, yesterday. The earliest owner of the house traced back so far is Sir James Braybrook, who died in 1509.
It was a chance to see the remarkable wall paintings, fire places, and ceilings. The current tenant is a history teacher who likes to try immerse herself in the past to see what the past might really have been like, so such a house is ideal.
From the top of the house the view to one side is much as it has been for a long time.
But the other side has changed a lot in the last two years as the Old Gaol development has progressed. The work on the new part looks complete now and new neighbours have moved in. Some of them even came round to look round the open house.
But there is still lots of work to be done converting the Old Gaol itself.
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