The war memorial replaced an
earlier obelisk with gas lamps
attached; this had stood in the
middle of what was a sheep market
until 1885, the livestock market
then moving to a new site in Bury
Street. The war memorial with its
bronze relief panels by Griffin was
formally dedicated in September
1921 and unveiled by the Earl of
Abingdon. The town lost 228 men
in the Great War (as the First World
War was then known). On the east
side of the Square is a fine group of
16th- and 17th-century buildings,
all gabled, the render concealing
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 neighbourhood. Our building had Canadians in the top flat, English in the middle and Japanese on ...see more
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 spots in the Market Square and The Almshouses. Beer and a picnic surrounded by musical and ...see more
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.
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 now the Shell garage above the Ascot road with wreckage falling around that area. Sadly both ...see more
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Despite this work over the last 20 years, more than 60,000 scans have still not been individually checked and therefore not shown on our website. Some of these may prove to be damaged, faded, or not of sufficient quality to ever be offered in our full product range. However, since the number of Genealogists and Local Historians using our website is growing all the time, with effect September 2021 we will display the unchecked images marked as "Reference Only". Until they are checked and optimised these photos will only be available on the website for on-line research, or available to order as 7" x 4” Reference Prints sold as seen, with no warranty. Over the next few years as these photos are checked, those that meet our essential quality requirements will gradually be optimised and added to our main selection.