The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Brass Plaque

From the website of a promo company...

"Most dental practices in the past have been period buildings and converted residential houses and unfortunately, can be very limiting with regards to external advertising. Every building is different though in many ways.

Here is a list below of different suggested signs which that may suit a practice:
• Projecting Signs
• Facia Signs
• Totem Poles
• Illuminated Signs
• Advertising Boards
• Perimeter Signs
• 'A' Boards
• Brass Plaques"

In East St Helen Street it really has to be a Brass Plaque. (Good to see things may be starting to move again now at the Kings Head and Bell reflected opposite - they are seeking planning permissions to replace the toilet block)

Friday, 22 August 2008

Light on the water

at St Helen's Wharf. The central band is the Old Anchor Inn.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

1984 and the Mayflower

In this hut at the bottom of St Ethelwold's, it has been said by some that, George Orwell wrote part of the novel 1984. It is also said that the ship's mast that props up much of Pulpit House, the newly converted Ask restaurant, came from the pilgrim father ship - the Mayflower.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Olympic High

Great Britain are third in the Olympic medals table. The only tribute I could find to the Olympics in Abingdon was this display at Oxfam.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Street Prayer

The weather forecast predicted torrential rain last Wednesday. As a result not many people went to town. The forecast was rain on Saturday. As a result the fitness awareness day got called off.

This group from the Vineyard Church, from South Abingdon, were doing Street Prayer in the Saturday sun.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Abingdon Horse Show of the Year 2008

Horse manure in the middle of Lombard Street?

Not every horse came in a horse box. Some trotted in from Drayton and maybe even further.

The Abingdon Show was started in 1974 by local clubs. For the last two years the event has been run by the Berkshire Downs Riding Club.

I would guess there were three hundred horses there. Large ones...

and small ones. It all took place at Rye Farm Meadow beside the River Thames in Abingdon.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

From The Belltower

West St Helen's Street to the left, and East St Helen's Street to the right.

Going round anti-clockwise...

Diagonally from bottom left to top right: Twitty's Almshouses, St Helen's Court, and the Brewery Development.

Going round... The almshouses are having their roofs done in the foreground, Caldecott, and the Vale of the White Horse beyond.

and Round... The River Thames with boats at the free mooring, and the countryside of South Oxfordshire (not the Vale) beyond.

Almost full circle as continuing anti-clockwise round the tower: East St Helen's Street comes back into view, with its gardens stretching to the River.