The Local History Group (LHG)
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.
Sub-groups are formed from time to time for specific purposes. One that is currently active is the Abingdon Buildings and People group, which manages the History Section of the Abingdon Town Council website: http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/partners/history.
Meetings are (usually) on the third Tuesday in the month at 7.45 pm on Zoom.
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.
Picture © M Brod 2013
Next Local History Group (LHG) meeting:
The next LHG meeting for 2021 will be on the following date:
Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 19.45 on Zoom, people being admitted after 19.30. Do make a note of this date.
Zoom invitations will go out the day before. Click on the link and wait to be admitted..
Following meetings will continue next year on the third Tuesday of the month on Zoom.
We usually talk informally on a range of local history subjects and are always interested in any new insight or question brought along. It is a completely informal event where little stories can be shared with others. There will be some fascinating discussions on aspects of local history which you've never even thought about.
Each meeting, in addition to the questions or reports of research done by the attendees, has a Group Theme. The theme of this particular meeting is Inscribed Dates. What does the date mean and say about the structure - its date of construction, or a later phase? A number of Abingdon dates are 'false' - they were added at a later date, so if people can identify these, that would be useful, too. Memorials to people who lived there are excluded.
David Clark is compiling a list of these so he will appreciate any that you can add, so the more obscure the better. Take a picture if you can.
The topic is decided upon at the previous meeting by those there and people will do some research and talk about it at the next LHG meeting.
All are welcome.
For more information contact John Foreman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
AAAHS Local History Group Convenor
Previous Local History Group Meetings
Meeting held on Tuesday 20th April 2021 (Theme: ' Interesting Images')
Meeting held on Tuesday 16th March 2021 (Theme: ' Pubs and pub landlords and landladies')
Meeting held on Tuesday 16 February 2021 (Theme: 'Celebrations' including the Oddfellows Annual Fetes')
Meeting held on Tuesday 19 January 2021 (Theme: 'Disasters')
Meeting held on Tuesday 21 December 2020 (Theme: 'Christmases Past')
Meeting held on Tuesday 17 November 2020 (Theme: 'Resources for local history research')
Meeting held on Tuesday 20 October 2020
Meeting held on Tuesday 18 February 2020
Meeting held on Thursday 30 May 2019
John Foreman writes: So far we have Manfred and Jessica Brod in perhaps their final attendance here. Manfred will be rounding off some of his research. To quote: “the significance of the Berkshire nabobs in the 1780s and 90s.” Nabobs is an interesting word that we do not hear much nowadays https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/nabob. Also the intriguing “the connection between a couple of political meetings at the Abingdon Guildhall in 1780 and the future sex-life of the future George IV”!
Meeting held on Tuesday 19th February 2019.
Meeting held on Tuesday 30th October 2018.
Manfred Brod talked about the Abingdon food riots of the 18th century, which were quite lively. Jackie Smith spoke about 'Daughters of the Empire' and the Norman (family) and Sandys connections. John Foreman asked why the Farringdon Road is where it is and not on the route we would go today. This evoked many ingenious theories. Bob Frampton talked entertainingly on the history of the Abingdon Fair, fairs in general and the influence of technology on their development.