The Abingdon Blog

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

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

John's Miscellany

John E sent a miscellany of pictures from about town. He also mentioned that it is the Church in Abingdon's quiz on Friday at The Peachcroft Christian Centre. I'll give the answers provided by John tomorrow, but have a go yourself before then ...
Who are these three men and what are they doing opposite Coxeters?

What does Georgics V mean? It is Over the Fat Face Shop.
The plaque is down Stert Street. How much did he win and what is that worth in today's money?

Who are Hean and Cilla on the Abingdon A and where is it to be found?

Can you explain the message not far away. And are Cissa and Cilla related?

What is the reason for this inscription in East St Helen Street.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alder, John c.1712 - 1780, Lottery winner and public benefactor, at 39 Stert Street, formerly the Mitre Inn
John Alder, a cooper by trade, was the landlord of the Mitre Inn. One day in 1767 Mrs Alder had apparently given her husband £22 to settle the brewer’s bill but he had paid only £10 and used the rest to buy a lottery ticket with the winning number 3379. James Powell, the landlord, brought him the news of his win.

He instantly wiped out the debts of his regular sand in January 1768 bought clothing, bread and beef to distribute to the poor. In the same month he was elected a church warden of St Nicholas Church and presented a set of chimes which rang out at three, six, nine and twelve until c. 1856. He also bought a new body for Francis Blewitt’s stagecoach, The Abingdon Machine.

His win evidently improved his social standing since he appears on the 1768 poll list as "John Alder, Gent. " He bought a successful racehorse which he renamed Prize and rented four parcels of land near the Thames, now part of the Abbey Grounds, at an annual value of £45. He died in April 1780.

Source: information provided by The Abingdon Joint Environmental Trust.

The plaque was unveiled on 24th April 2003.

19 January 2010 14:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


A 3.7 metre high sculptural Portland stone ‘A’ topped with glass shell finials . The flowing space between the stone pillars represents the river Thames and is lit by a blue light at night. The integral Dean Oak seating follows the curved edge of an 8m diameter paved area. Carved on one side of the stone ‘A’ are several circular reliefs based on themes relevant to the site such as a saxon brooch found there. Viewed from their north side, the stone forms suggest two figures, and each has a bronze face recessed near the apex. These bronze masks represent Hean and Cilla - the brother and sister who founded the Abbey, cast by Castle Fine Arts Foundry, they were based on Henry and Jessica Mayo. Deb Hughes assisted with the carving. The lettering of the names - Hean and Cilla were cut by Giles Macdonald. Jackson Fawkes cast the glass shells. Damon Bramley transported the sculpture and assisted installation.

19 January 2010 14:28  
Blogger Pat said...

And, of course, the painting of the Abingdon Machine is in the mayor's parlour and there is a 'board' up in Masons in Stert Street with a similar explanation. The joke is that it is there to distract husband's when they visit the shop with their wives!

20 January 2010 00:16  

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