Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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MG Apprentices

High Street, Abingdon, ca 1910


Ock Street Flooded, 1894


The Causeway, 1909


Abingdon Before Developments


 The Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

 The AAAHS was founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region.

The society organises monthly lectures by acknowledged authorities on topics related to history and archaeology and to those of Abingdon in particular. There is also, during each summer, a programme of visits to sites of particular significance. Members are encouraged to write for the Society's bi-annual newsletter, which is published on the website.

The society encourages its members to pursue their own research interests, either independently or within its special interest groups, and supports these financially so far as its means allow. Its archaeological group, the longest established, has carried out numerous excavations in and about Abingdon; many of these have been published while others are currently being prepared for publication. The local history group was established in 2000 and since then has taken a number of initiatives, notably including the Ock Street Heritage project of 2006-8 and the 'Abingdon Buildings and People' history website . The society provides guides and lecturers, and cooperates with other local organisations on projects of civic importance.

 If you want to join the AAAHS, there's a membership form on this website, or you can contact any of the committee members.

Visitors are very welcome to attend meetings at a cost of £3.

The AAAHS has an online Bulletin Board at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/aaahs
You can also follow us on Twitter - click to go there.

Next Talk:

Thursday 16th March 2017, 7.45 pm, at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS:  MAP

Ken Welsh: Prehistoric, Roman and Saxon discoveries at Bridge Farm, Sutton Courtenay.Saxon shed comp

During the 10 years from 2006 to 2016, Oxford Archaeology carried out excavations in advance of gravel extraction at Bridge Farm, Sutton Courtenay. The work was undertaken on behalf of Hanson Aggregates, the quarry operator.
The excavations revealed archaeological remains of many periods: the earliest human activity was represented by a few Upper Palaeolithic and early Mesolithic flints. Activity of Neolithic and early Bronze Age date included pits, a possible Neolithic posthole structure and a barrow burial of the Beaker period. In the middle Bronze Age elements of field boundaries and enclosures were located  and an unusual partial cremation burial was also found. Subsequent late Bronze Age and Iron Age activity was scattered and generally at a low level. During the Roman period, a settlement complex was established in the northern part of the site along with a series of enclosures and a cemetery to the south. Evidence of early Saxon occupation was found close to both areas of Roman activity but especially to the south where a series of sunken-featured buildings was excavated. Of particular interest was evidence, rarely found, of contemporary metalworking. During the medieval and post-medieval, the site was largely agricultural in character, although some small-scale gravel extraction may have occurred.                                                                   
Image: Saxon Shed
Ken Welsh 01 comp
Ken Welsh is the Regional Manager for Oxford Archaeology South and was Project Manager for the Bridge Farm project between 2010 and 2016. He has a particular interest in the archaeology of the upper and middle Thames Valley having excavated sites from Gloucestershire in the west to Heathrow in the east.




Next Local History Group meeting:

Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 7.45 pm, at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon, starting at 7.45.

As usual we will have a mixed bag, some of which I know now, but I hope you will bring your questions as well as anything interesting you know about Abingdon and the area. Despite what I jokingly said at the Thursday meeting, Bob Frampton will chat about the life and works at MG. Manfred Brod has something to say about John Blacknall's will and what was really going on at St Nicholas Church around 1626. I have some pictures I have taken and wonder if anyone knows their meaning. We also hope to have some film of work inside Abingdon Brewery.

Do come if you can,

John Foreman

AAAHS Local History Group convenor.

Please find details in the Current Activities - Local History section on this site.