Behind St Helens Church are some splendid almshouses which were built to house some of Abingdon's old and poor. Long Alley Almshouses are incredible and got their name for the obvious reason that they are looooooonng and have a splendid covered walkway across the front, filled with religious sayings and scriptures on the wall.The Long Alley...more
St Helens Church, with its tall spire, is hard to miss on the skyline. With five aisles it is also the second widest church in England and is wider than it is long. The current church first appeared in the late 1100's and the fifth and final aisle was completed in the 1530's. You can imagine what an important church it was at that time!St Helens...more
Every Saturday afternoon, weather permitting, the roof of Abingdon Town Hall is open to the public. There are great views across the town to the Oxfordshire countryside and River Thames.Admission is 1 GBP for adults and children go free. Pay at the counter in the Museum on the first floor.Well worth the price if you get the chance!There were only...more
It is not recommended you ask English women to see their baps, unless they are very good friends. A slap in the face often offends :-)However, if you ask the nice ladies at Abingdon Museum to show you their buns, they will be delighted to do so. They will take you across the room to a cabinet full of ancient bakery products. And give you a...more
Both in October the Michaelmas Fair was a hiring fair when workers sold themselves into a years work bond.The Runaway Fair a week later was when workers who had runaway from hard masters would re-sell themselves.Link here to last years Michaemas FairAbingdon fair 2006Web site below for events over the whole year.more
The monastery founded in 670 A.D. at Abbandun (Hill of Ebba) was moved to the present site in 695 A.D. In the Domesday book of 1086 it states that the Abbot of Abingdon was only second in landholdings in Berkshire after the King.Under Aethelwold and Abbot Faritivs it became one of the most scholarly and wealthy monasteries in England.In the 14th...more
Long Alley is definately the best of the three Almshouses.Built in 1446 by the Fraternity of the Holy Cross,the cloistered walk was added in 1605 and the Lantern in 1707.Depictions from the bible adorn the outside of the cloister,above the gates.Christ's Hospital took over from the guild in 1553.Twitty's was built in 1707 and Brick Alley in...more
Parts of the building date back to the 13th century but it is believed that 6th-7th century foundations lie underneath.When the townsfolk revolted against the Abbey in 1327 it was their rallying point and the bells their call to action.In the surrounding grounds are the Almshouses,Long Alley being the best.The church was home to the Medieval Parish...more
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Abingdon Lock and weir has existed north of the town since the 1780's. The weir was designed to control the flow of the River Thames and the lock was built later to allow boats to pass easily.
For the first 6 months of my life I lived in a boat opposite Abingdon Lock.
It is a pleasant walk from the town centre, less than a mile away. You can either walk through the old Abbey grounds along the mill race, or directly along the bank of the Thames from the 500 year old bridge.
Today (and for the last 30 years or so) the lock-keeper sells ice creams and drinks from the front door of his house. So it is fun to stay for a while and watch the pleasure boats pass through the lock.
Sadly England is losing its pubs and here are 2 more.
The Beehive on the corner of Stert street and Broad street now a restaurant and the Barley Mow on the corner of Lombard street and West St.Helens street,now an office.