Abingdon, A Boat On The River Thames c.1950

Memories of Abingdon-on-Thames


I remember the school trip to the Isle of Wight May 19th to June 2nd 1961. I still have my notes and scarp book. I had a really great time and went back 2 years ago to have another look. The isle of Wight still lovely. I met up in 1973 with either Pat or Linda Long who worked in the child care at Charing Cross & Fulham Hospital when my father was there.

My Great Grand parents owned Stevens Boat Yard and tea gardens at that time. I can't see if the name Stevens is clear on the building at the front of the point of the island but that is what its says. The people in the skiff may also be them I can't see well enough in this small photo. My Great (...Read full memory)

I remember this well - a glorious early Summer's day and lovely spots to play music, dance and drink beer with Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris. We started - I think - at a pub called "The Ox" and progressed through the day with dance (...Read full memory)

When my mother was a cook at Abingdon School and St.Helens School, she would work in the restaurant kitchen during the school holidays! And my Sister Doreen had her wedding reception in the restaurant back in 1961. One could also take a Salters Ferry from here to Oxford or Wallingford etc! You can see one of Salters boats in the foreground (Happy Days..)

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