Archives – May, 2018

Guildhall work in progress

Guildhall progressing
Work on the old part of the Guildhall is progressing. The Roysse Court Gardens are being dug up

The major benefits of the revamp include:
* Accessible toilets on the ground floor.
* Muniments room for the town’s archives with easy access and reading room.
* Improved reception area.
* Re-paving Roysse Court Gardens, including removing steps on the south side.
* Platform lift to old magistrates court.
Guildhall progressing
I don’t think the fate of the old staircase has been decided yet. It was to be modified to allow a lift to the upper storey but then people protested that the staircase was a town treasure.

5 Comments May 30, 2018

Surrounding Area Lovely

Surrounding Area Lovely
The boarded up Upper Reaches hotel was in the Abingdon Herald again last week, lamenting the continuing loss of a great place for people to stay. The surrounding area is lovely, and  with the right people in charge it would work.

Surrounding Area Lovely
Meanwhile a Hilton Hotel is expanding in Abingdon next to the A34.

11 Comments May 29, 2018

Bank Holiday Walks

Bank Holiday Walks
The Friends of Abingdon organised some Bank Holiday Walks. There were four in the morning and four in the afternoon. In the morning (seen here) you could discover Abingdon Abbey, follow the steps of St Edmund of Abingdon,
Bank Holiday Walks
circumnavigate the Abingdon Borough boundary from 1556,
Bank Holiday Walks
or visit some alternative flowerbeds created by the Abingdon Carbon Cutters.
Bank Holiday Walks
There were six alternative gardens: at Station House, in the Abbey Gardens (Pictured), beside the public toilets in the Abbey Grounds, by the kiosk of the Open Air Pool, alongside the new play area in the Abbey Grounds,
Bank Holiday Walks
and the wild flower garden in the Abbey Meadow.

1 Comment May 28, 2018

Two new businesses in Bath Street

In Bath Street, Abingdon, two new businesses have opened during May 2018.
Bath Street
H & H Nail Salon have opened where Marie’s used to be. There are already a few nail salons in Abingdon so nail salons must be in great demand.
Bath Street
Hani’s Romanian Restaurant & Shisha Bar also opened in May 2018. This is the first Romanian Restaurant to open in Abingdon.

1 Comment May 27, 2018

A look back at the 20th Century

Chronicle of the 20th Century
Somebody has thrown their ‘Chronicle of the 20th Century‘ into the skip at the top of East St Helen Street, but today’s post looks back at the 20th Century. (Adverts taken from the Abingdon Herald from May 1978 with thanks. All Rights Reserved.)
Chronicle of the 20th Century
In 1968 the Abingdon Congregational Church came to share worship in the same building as Trinity Methodist Church. They maintained their separate organisations for the next ten years then in 1978 a sharing agreements were signed and the two congregations united at Trinity Church. So this Sunday (on Trinity Sunday), Trinity are celebrating 40 years together.
Chronicle of the 20th Century
I went to look in the library to see if this got mentioned in the May 1978 Abingdon Heralds (on microfilm). I could not find anything about that, but there was a story about the Abingdon Congregational Church building (now the Ask Restaurant). The headline was ‘Rival Plans for Old Church – Skateboards or Art and Crafts?‘ The VWHDC (Vale White Horse District Council) were to decide between competing schemes for the old church, either to become a centre for traditional crafts, or a specialist skateboard centre. I don’t think either happened.
Chronicle of the 20th Century
Also of interest was the headline ‘One Way to Car Chaos‘. East and West St Helen Street, and St Helen’s Wharf bridge had just become One Way. This scheme had been months in the planning, but motorists, who lived in the new housing estates in South Abingdon, did not seem to know, and lots of them tried to go down East St Helen Street where a temporary barrier stopped them going home that way. The editorial said that it was like a return to the bad old days of Abingdon traffic chaos.

1 Comment May 26, 2018

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