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 Local History Group 

35 Ock Street pictureThe 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 in 2017, starting on February 21st, 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 local@aaahs.org.uk

Picture © M Brod 2013 


Next Local History Group meeting:

This will be on Tuesday 21 February 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.

Last Meeting
 The last  meeting of the Local History Group was on the 18th of October 2016, at the usual venue of the Pendarvis Room, 35 Ock Street, Abingdon.  Bob Frampton was again talking about his books. We shall have to have more meetings to keep up with his production. It may be about Abingdon in WWII or MG or even both! The rest of the menu is more flexible depending on what you bring, but we have some backup topics if you do not. The Ron Chung papers are now published on the AAAHS site. There is the WWI Abingdon trench system and the Bellinger site redevelopment. If you wish to present something or have questions to ask, just turn up but it would be helpful to send me advance notice so I can be sure to fit you in. Contact me at local@aaahs.org.uk




Outings Reports


The 1940 'Red-Stop Line'. By John Rawling

The County Museum store. By Bob Woodings

The Archaeology of North Abingdon. By Andrew Steele

Northcourt. By Genefer Clark

Victorian Abingdon. By Stuart Hughes

Appleton. By Michael Bloom

Bampton. By Mary Storrs

Coventry. By Elsa Mayer

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

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

Wilts and Berks canal. By Sybille Rushbridge


Skull compressed for websiteDigging 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 diggers@aaahs.org.uk.


The AAAHS on-line research archive 

These archive pages link to AAAHS material not published elsewhere and which is of continuing interest. 

Society Members also publish articles on archaeology and local history in the AAAHS Newsletters.
These are available on the Newsletters page.

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]).



Your use of this website and the content of this website is at your sole risk. You should be aware that any material and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of this website is done at your own discretion and risk. The information contained on this website is provided by the AAAHS. in good faith on an "as is" and "as available" basis. The information is believed to be accurate and current at the date the information was placed on this website. 

Neither AAAHS, nor any of its members makes any representation or warranty as to the reliability, accuracy or completeness of the information contained on this website and none of them accept any responsibility arising in any way for errors in, or omissions from, the information contained on this website. Although every care has been taken in presenting this information some of it may be incorrect or incomplete, hence the creator of this website and/or any researcher or writer mentioned in it disclaim any liability in relation to the information, errors or omissions contained herein. 

Any person intending to use or rely on this information should first confirm it for themselves from other sources. Nevertheless any corrections or additional information will be most welcome.


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

Abingdon County Hall Museum 

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

The Lost Abbey Education Pack

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

Abingdon Museum Friends

Radley History Club

Sutton Courtenay Local History Society

Marcham Society

Berkshire Family History Society (VoWH Branch)


 Regional Societies

Oxfordshire Buildings Record

Oxfordshire Local History Association

Berkshire Local History Association

Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society

South Midlands Archaeology


Book Reviews


Alcock, Nat and Miles, Dan. The medieval peasant house in Middle England.
Baker, Stanley and McWhirter. Peter. The changing boundaries of Radley and Sunningwell parishes as effected by boundary changes at Abingdon, Bagley Wood, Chandlings, Kennington, Northcourt, St Helen Without and South Hinksey.
Belk, Rob. Robert Acton Blandy - miner, leader, legend. A Boer epic.
Bishop, Julia (ed). Aspects of Abingdon's past. Volume 7.
Brod, Manfred. Abingdon in context.
Dudding, Richard. Early modern Radley. People, land and buildings, 1547-1768.
Frampton, Bob.
Abingdon in the Great War. Reviewed by John Foreman
The Abingdon races - a forgotten tradition. Reviewed by Judy White
The cinemas of Abingdon (1912-2015). Reviewed by Mary Haynes
King, Sandy (ed). Celebrating 150 years of Albert Park.
Steane, John and Ayres, James. Traditional Buildings in the Oxford region c.1300-1840
Wooton, Christine (ed). Radley people and the railway 1843-2013.