The Abingdon Blog

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

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Making it Safe First

Initially the new owners of the Kings Head and Bell, Foundation Inns, are making it safe structurally. Old broken timbers and plaster work are being carted away in skips.

Its a great old building.

There is a lot of work needed, but it is good to see work has begun.

Thanks to Salma for the last picture.


Anonymous This Charming Manc said...

I've only been in this pub the once, and really enjoyed it. Cosy log fire, wood beams, good ale. I hope they can get the same ambience...

Anyone know how old it is?

22 February 2009 17:42  
Anonymous hester said...

It was certainly there in the 17th century - legend goes that Charles I stayed there but I'm not sure there is any proof of that. (Handel is also rumoured to have stayed there). Have seen one reference to it as 16th century, but again nothing definite. Hopefully one of the more learned local historians will give a more accurate reply!

22 February 2009 18:37  
Anonymous This Charming Manc said...

Excellent, thanks for that. It must be among the oldest of pubs in Oxfordshire then. Certainly plausible for those two to have enjoyed the facilities. Shakespeare may have popped in for a pint of sack on his way to London...!

23 February 2009 18:32  

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