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Caption for Abingdon, County Hall (the Town Hall) c1960: The Town Hall was designed by Christopher Kempster, who was probably advised by Sir Christopher Wren, as Kempster was one of the masons he used in rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666. The Town Hall was built between 1678 and 1685 at a cost of £2,772. Stone plaques record its erection by the Corporation in 1677, a restoration in 1853, and further restoration by the Ministry of Works in the 1950s – at that time it was a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Nowadays it is a museum. In this view the photographer was looking left into East St Helen Street and right into the start of the High Street.

Memories of Abingdon-on-Thames

I am trying to obtain information regarding a mid- air collision over Bracknell Berkshire in the 1940’s. Believed to be 1943 but could a few years away from that date. It is believed to be between a Hurricane and a Spitfire but there is also no confirmation of that. The incident happened opposite what is (...Read full memory)

My Dad was in the Canadian army and was posted to London when I was 7 years old . We lived in the top flat at 27 Chartfield Avenue . What a magical place ! The back yard was huge, with apple, pear and cherry trees to climb and a massive grassy area to run . We were an international (...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)

My mother's ancestors all seemed to live in Abingdon and the surrounding villages of Launton, Kiddlington, Bicester, Charlbury etc. and I am collecting photographic records of these families and their activities for a family tree.  Photos are a good way of recording events.  There are many (...Read full memory)

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