3,359 miles away from Abingdon

August 26, 2015


We are away on our summer holiday. As this is our thirtieth wedding anniversary we have travelled further than usual.

There have been reminders of Abingdon, 3,359 miles away.

Old Speckled Hen beer has reached Kingston, a Canadian city located on Lake Ontario. British loyalists retreated here from the independent United States of America during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). They helped defend Canada from USA attempts to expand the States northwards in the war that followed in 1812.

However Canadians have not taken to “Old Speckled Hen” as well as might be expected and three years on, from the inauguration of this pub, the beer, that originated in Abingdon is no longer available on draft, only in cans.

We will be back home in a few days, where A and J are holding the fort. Then a very busy week as Heritage Day is on 12th Sept, something I help organise, and there are events before and after. See abingdonheritage.co.uk. By the way if anybody has pictures of Victorian ancestors, who lived in Abingdon, please get them copied in the library where we are starting a collection.

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10 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. ppjs  |  August 26, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Just returned from Canada myself (French speaking: Montreal and Quebec). Didn’t see any Speckled Hen, but did taste some excellent beers from Canadian microbreweries.

    Congratulations on Pearl Wedding and hope you enjoyed your trip to Ontario.

  • 2. Janet  |  August 26, 2015 at 9:02 am

    The Canadian landscape is spectacular. I see on the Drayton Road they have started cutting down the mature trees to make way for the hideous 3 story high houses. They call it Morland Gardens but there will not be much garden about it. More like concrete and car parking. It brought home how much of our green belt it disappearing. How much of our countryside will be left in future one asks.

  • 3. Badger  |  August 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Nice to see evidence of the MG Octagon that far from Abingdon, a truly global brand, I wish both the cars and the beer were still made here.
    As said above congratulations on the wedding anniversary.

  • 4. Margaret  |  August 26, 2015 at 11:34 am

    We found this in Tupper Lake New York State

  • 5. Peter Del  |  August 26, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Happy Anniversary and have a very enjoyable holiday.

  • 6. Michael  |  August 26, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I was drinking Old Speckled Hen in the English Pub in Perth Western Australia in 1999

  • 7. Captainkaos2  |  August 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Happy anniversary, you certainly deserve the holiday !

  • 8. Rachel  |  August 27, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs Backstreeter

  • 9. John Watson  |  August 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Happy Anniversary

  • 10. Michael  |  September 4, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    We were in Brisbane, Australia a couple of years ago and I enjoyed a pint of Old Speckled Hen in a pub there. Strangely enough we also stumbled across a band playing in the arcade, called Out of Abingdon.

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