The Local History Group
The Local History Group provides a forum and meeting point for members with a particular interest in the local history of Abingdon and its region.
There are three meetings during the year, starting on February, with subsequent meetings in May, and October. At each meeting, one or two members give short presentations on their current research, which are discussed. Tea and coffee are provided, and there is usually ample opportunity for socialising and informal talk on historical subjects.
There are also sub-groups which form from time to time for specific purposes. One that is currently active is the Abingdon Buildings and People group, which manages the Abingdon historical website, http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/partners/history.
Meetings are on Tuesday evenings, 7.45 pm, in the Pendarvis room at 35 Ock Street. For the subjects of the next meeting, WATCH THIS SPACE.
We welcome anyone with a question about Abingdon local history as we usually have a knowledgeable audience who can answer them. There is also the opportunity to share anything you have done about Abingdon or the surrounding area with those present.
Please let me know so that I can make sure we allocate you some time.
All AAAHS Members and guests are welcome. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture © M Brod 2013
Next Local History Group meeting:
This is usually held on a Tuesday in the Pendarvis Room at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon, starting at 7.45.
The next meeting is expected to be in February 2018. Further details will follow.
I do tend to have a casual approach to organising these meetings along the lines of “if you build it, they will come.” Much to my relief (and many others) that usually happens, but it is often the same people who come along with their observations, work or questions about Abingdon and our near neighbours. Not that there was anything wrong with that, and a thank you to them, but it would be good if we had some fresh input. That means you! If you have any questions about Abingdon’s past, where you live, what used to be where do bring it along. It might help if you let me know what it is beforehand so the query can be circulated so the experts can check their research, but not essential. If you have done any research into anything that may fit into the “Local” heading we are interested in that. If we do not get enough content I may have to show a bit more research into the Turner painting of Swift Ditch. You have been warned. Please get involved!
Do come if you are able,
Contact me at email@example.com
AAAHS Local History Group convenor.
The February 2017 meeting once more had Bob Frampton as the star attraction, and he did indeed attract a lot of people. The number was somewhere in the mid-twenties, which must be the best ever by a margin. What brought them in was Bob’s account of the MG factory from the workers’ point of view. The piece I remember was the good lady accosting a tramp-like character wandering round her workshop who introduced himself charmingly as Mr Morris. Then I came in again (this begins to sound like a double act, but it really isn’t) explaining the why and wherefore of a kerfuffle about the communion table at St Nics in 1628. John had a theory about where Turner stood when he made his watercolour painting of Abingdon in 1804, and Elizabeth Drury showed a film of the Morland Brewery before it closed, but the point was a bit lost because we couldn’t get the sound system to work and the talking heads remained silent.
The 1940 'Red-Stop Line'. By John Rawling
The County Museum store. By Bob Woodings
Abingdon School ( 4 July 2017). By Paul Smith
The Archaeology of North Abingdon. By Andrew Steele
Northcourt. By Genefer Clark
Victorian Abingdon. By Stuart Hughes
Appleton. By Michael Bloom
The Dorchester Dig. By Andrew Steele
The Dorchester excavations. By John Rawling
Egrove and Kennington. By Jill Lewis
The Thames, Kennington to Sandford. By Jenny Devanney
Longworth. By Mary Storrs
The excavations at Marcham/Frilford. By Jenny Devanney
The excavation at Marcham/Frilford. By Miriam James
Marlow. By Bryan Cozens
Ashmolean tour. By Michael Bloom
The Bate Collection. By Anne Smithson
Walking tour of Oxford. By Bob Woodings
Oxford's Jewish Quarter. By Carol Hughes
A visit to Brasenose College. By Penny de Bernhardt Cookson
Christ Church, Oxford. By Roger Gelder
Oriel College. By Andrew Steele
Somerville College, Oxford (21 June 2017). By Wendy Robbins
Unseen Oxford. By John Rawling
Radley College. By Stuart Hughes
Exploring Lower Radley. By John Foreman
The Bayeux Tapestry copy at Reading. By Suzette Woodhead
Steventon. By John Rawling
Sunningwell Village (22 May 2017). By Andrew Steele
Wilts and Berks canal. By Sybille Rushbridge
Digging Abingdon's Past
Abingdon claims to be the oldest continuously-inhabited town in England, with defences that date back to the Iron Age. The AAAHS has carried out numerous excavations in and around Abingdon, and members participate in digs elsewhere.
The main focus of current interest is a small cemetery with at least twenty burials found in the garden of a house in North Abingdon, far from any church or chapel or from the approach roads to the town. Radio-carbon dating suggests that the bones are of the 16th or 17th centuries, a time when burials outside a churchyard are uncommon. They may be the results of an epidemic, or of an otherwise unrecorded Civil War skirmish. Archive research is ongoing.
For further information, or if you want to become involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AAAHS on-line research archive
These archive pages link to AAAHS material not published elsewhere and which is of continuing interest.
There are also sets of research notes and/or photographs produced for specific projects, notably the 'Lost Abbey' project of 2009-12 which culminated in an exhibition and a book on Abingdon Abbey by our Archaeological Advisor, Tim Allen.
The society also has a substantial archive of documents and artefacts. These are under the care of its archivist who can be contacted though the Contacts page.
Most of this material is downloadable. Please note that the copyright belongs to individual authors and/or the AAAHS. You may not make any commercial use of it without permission. You may cite it or publish brief excerpts so long as the source is acknowledged. References should take the form Author's name if stated and otherwise Abingdon Area Arch. and Hist. Society, page URL from which downloaded, (accessed [date of access]).
Other AAAHS Websites
The Abingdon Buildings & People website now has almost 100 articles on Abingdon's historic streets and buildings, its families and people. The project is ongoing, and would welcome additional members.
The Ock Street Heritage Project is no longer active, but much of its output is available online.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/aaahs/info is a group site for discussion of anything within the AAAHS field of interest. You don't have to be a member to join. If you have a question about Abingdon's history or archaeology, an opinion to air or an announcement to make, this is the place.
Other Abingdon interest
The Abingdon town website - information, organisations, events
The Abingdon Blog - a long-running chronicle of local happenings
Abingdon Walks - walks, information and picture gallery
Friends of Abingdon - civic society
Abingdon Roll of Honour - Abingdon men in the Great War
Abingdon Roll of Honour - searchable
Charters of Abingdon Abbey in the time of Faritius - what you get when you are obstetrician to the king's wife and mistresses!
Related societies in and around Abingdon
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