The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Museum of the White Horse

This travelling museum in a horse box has been in Abingdon for the weekend.

Half of the horse box contained a life size white horse, and half was crammed with the rest of the collection, on shelves and in drawers. It included pieces about archaeology and landscape, but mostly it was a collection of white horses (plastic models, fabric representations, ceramic, paper, horse metals, and books including the Alice Walker poetry book 'Horses make a Landscape look more beautiful.')

More about the exhibition at:

Friday, 21 September 2007

A415 Traffic

This is Friday, late afternoon, and the traffic on the A415 stretches from Abingdon

back into Culham. This traffic is going over Swift Ditch on a bridge built by the County Council in 1928.

It replaced this much older

and now little used bridge.

Back then, in 1928, they didn't have much traffic but they still built a new bridge.

Latest Multiplay

This multiplay arrived in an Abingdon recreation ground earlier this year. It is on that most bumpy of all Abingdon's play areas,

not far from this: Mural by T Rawlings - W Zawadzki - G Rudman & E O'Reilly - Work Experience 1996.

As you can see the mural has been added to more recently.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Oxfordshire Life featuring ABINGDON

'Oxfordshire Life' is on a special stand at Waitrose this month. The front cover, and a colourful article, features Abingdon.

"After the floods Abingdon says: We're Open for Business... Ready to welcome visitors back..."

"Located at the seat of the Vale of the White Horse, Abingdon is a pretty town situated on the bank of the Thames known for its unique shopping, rich cultural history and charm."

Need I go on?

With buildings like this

And roads like this

And flowers like this...

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Beyond Southern Town Park

Beyond Southern Town park, there is the sewage treatment works, and allotments, and there are short trails that lead into bushes and brambles but then become impassible.

So fruit like this doesn't always get picked

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Tilsley Park Running Track

The running track re-opened, back in June, after it got a new surface. There was also work to create wheelchair anchor points for the throwing events. These were the first major changes since the track opened back in 1995.

Monday, 17 September 2007

More Abingdon Developments

At Abingdon School, at the junction of Bath Street and Faringdon Road, the sports hall is being expanded.

Next to the Fitzharries Public House, the old ambulance station is soon to be replaced by housing.

A new housing development called Northcourt Square is taking shape near Dunmore School.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Saxton Road

This is the top end of Saxton Road - the end of the Homezone with a 20 MPH speed limit.

This front garden can be found along Saxton Road. Not all the gardens are so pretty.

This is the river end of Saxton Road, where a large boat is being refitted. It has been there for quite a while.

Behind it can be seen a Salters Steamer making its way to Wallingford. This service runs four days a week during the summer.