Archives – April, 2017

Not ready for the new £1 coin

New Pound Coin
Thanks to the Royal Mint for the new £1 coin. With the old £1 coin there was often the worry it could be a fake.

In Abingdon it was a couple of weeks, after the introduction, until we got any of the new coins.
New Pound Coin
Not all the machines are ready in time. The leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council was seen in front of one of the parking machines saying that it would not take the new coin yet.
New Pound Coin
Tesco took the decision to unlock all their trolleys until they could be adapted to the new coin. I did see one trolley in the River Ock. There must have been more.
New Pound Coin
Now a notice says “… due to trolleys being abandoned around the town and in the river, they will now be locked back up to protect the local area and environment. The trolleys accept old style £1 coins or trolley tokens …”

7 Comments April 25, 2017

Raising a glass to Abingdon’s best rooftop views

rooftop views
At Abingdon’s County Hall Museum there are a series of new banners to tell visitors about the attractions.
rooftop views
You can even arrange for afternoon tea on the rooftop terrace and raise a toast to Abingdon’s best rooftop views.
rooftop views
The view across the rooftops and the River Thames towards the farmlands of South Oxfordshire.
rooftop views
The view over St Nicolas Church and The Guildhall to the trees where Abingdon Abbey once stood.
rooftop views
The view over the Market Place, with its four quadrants and four trees.
rooftop views
The view down East St Helen Street to St Helen’s Church.

4 Comments April 24, 2017

The Very Tired Swan

Thankyou to Gill-Paul or Gill and Paul for these pictures that tell the story of how a very tired swan was headed from the market place to the Thames.
Swan
Swan
Swan

Leave a Comment April 23, 2017

County Council elections are on Thursday May 4th

County Council elections
County Council elections are on Thursday May 4th. They could be the last before Oxfordshire County Council becomes a Unitary Council.

A month later is the general election. Normally such elections would be planned in advance and happen on the same day. Having two elections will presumably double the expense for the district council.
County Council elections
We got our polling cards a couple of weeks ago, but I have not noticed any literature from any of the parties until this morning when our first County Council candidate, Alison Rooke, came knocking the doors of West St Helen Street.
County Council elections
It was amusing to see in the Abingdon Herald this week that instead of Mike Badcock, one party’s candidate for Abingdon South, the paper has mistakenly shown Neil Fawcett, another party’s candidate for Abingdon South.

5 Comments April 22, 2017

Swift Ditch Revisited

Swift Ditch
There are two different channels from the River Thames that spill over into Swift Ditch.
Swift Ditch
There is currently a tree with fire damage at its base, across one spillway / weir. I have no idea how that happened.
Swift Ditch
Back in the 1890s, shown in this picture (possibly by Taunt), the area was much clearer.

Much of Swift Ditch flows under fallen trees and branches. But it makes an interesting walk – along the Thames beyond Abingdon Lock, to Swift Ditch, then back along the farm track by Kingfisher Barn.

Swift Ditch
If you go over the bridge, over the first stream, you will get to an interesting historical feature.
Swift Ditch
Between the early seventeenth and late eighteenth centuries Swift Ditch was the main navigation channel with the earliest Pound Lock on the Thames. There is an information board near the spot that tells more. The stones of the lock walls are still in place, but the lock gates are long gone.

2 Comments April 21, 2017

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