Archives – July, 2018

New Stone Walls in Abingdon

New Walls
A stone wall on Bath Street has been rebuilt in a set back position after the completion of the sixth form extension at Abingdon School.
New Walls
The Nags Head has also got a new stone wharf wall where an old willow trunk caused damage to the previous river bank.
New Walls
That work was done by Greenford Ltd who are also making a new stone wall along the river boundary of Coseners House.

We like our stone walls here in Abingdon.

Leave a Comment July 16, 2018

Trinity Learning Award

Trinity Learning
TrinityLearning, the outreach project of Trinity Church in Abingdon which works to help quality of life in local schools, was one of four finalists to win the United Reformed Church (URC)’s Community Projects Award 2018. They were awarded with an brass plaque and cheque for £2000 at The URC General Assembly in Nottingham.

Leave a Comment July 15, 2018

Swan Upping Preview

On Friday 20th July 2018 the Royal Swan Upping will be coming to Abingdon.

Their approximate schedule is
Moulsford 09.00 – Departure point
Benson Lock 10.15
Clifton Hampden Bridge 13.00
Culham Lock 16.15
Abingdon Bridge 17.00

You could arrive at Abingdon Bridge at 17:00 and find that they have come and gone an hour before, or that there is another ninety minutes to wait. It all depends on conditions and how many swans they find. We really need somebody using social media at Culham Lock to warn us they are coming.
Swan Upping
The Abbey Mill Stream area swans have 2 cygnets and are beyond the bridge and so will probably not get ringed.
Swan Upping
The Abingdon Marina area swans have seven cygnets and so could well be caught by the swan uppers and get ringed.

“Swan Upping plays an important role in the conservation of the mute swan and involves The Queen’s Swan Warden collecting data, assessing the health of young cygnets and examining them for any injuries. “

1 Comment July 14, 2018

An Abingdon Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale
Once upon a time there was a fairy who lived on a boat that motored up and down the River Thames. It was a lovely sunny morning and the fairy was reading her book near a town called Abingdon-on-Thames. Her faithful companion had eyes and ears for all that was happening.
Fairy Tale
The town had lots of flower baskets along the river banks.
Fairy Tale
All seemed very quiet until people in brightly coloured clothes started to come across the bridge from the town to the meadow.
Fairy Tale
Soon there was a very big gathering of people. None of them had any plackards. So they were not protesting about the visit of Donald Trump to the country that had been on the radio. Instead a lady came along with a megaphone, and people cheered her announcements. At one point she asked if it was anybodies birthday.
Fairy Tale
Then they all set off together towards the lock in one big race. Some had dogs with them, others were pushing buggies.
Fairy Tale
Then all became quiet again. The fairy continued to read, and her companion watched and listened. The river reflected back the blue sky.

3 Comments July 14, 2018

Aaahs at 50 Exhibition

Aaahs at 50 Exhibition
There is a new exhibition at Abingdon County Hall Musuem, put together by the Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society (AAAHS), who are fifty years old.

They began life as the Abingdon and District Archaeological Society. Volunteers back in 1968 could still take an important part in archaeological digs.
Aaahs at 50 Exhibition
They found many important objects. Some help make up the museum’s collection.

Nowadays, developers are more likely to call in commercial archaeologists.
Aaahs at 50 Exhibition
The society also has many members interested in exploring the history of Abingdon and so have added HISTORY to their name. You can find their growing collection of Abingdon people at and Abingdon buildings at

1 Comment July 12, 2018

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