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It is on the A between Witney and Dorchester , adjacent to the A34 trunk road, linking it with the M4 and M40 motorways. The B and A also link the town, both being part of the old A34 and often heavily congested. Local bus services to Oxford and the surrounding areas are run by Stagecoach Oxfordshire , Thames Travel , the Oxford Bus Company and smaller independent companies.

Abingdon has no rail service. The Radley to Abingdon railway station branch line closed to passengers in All are managed by Great Western Railway. Frequent express buses operate between the local railway stations and Abingdon, run by Oxford Bus Company and its sister company Thames Travel.

Archaeology and history[ edit ] A Neolithic stone hand axe was found at Abingdon. The oppidum was in use throughout the Roman occupation. Abingdon Abbey was founded in Saxon times , possibly around AD , [8] but its early history is confused by numerous legends, invented to raise its status and explain the place name.

However, Abingdon stands in a valley and not on a hill. It is thought that the name was first given to a place on Boars Hill above Chilswell , and the name was transferred to its present site when the Abbey was moved. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Abingdon was a flourishing agricultural centre with an extensive trade in wool and a famous weaving and clothing manufacturing industry.

The abbot seems to have held a market from very early times and charters for the holding of markets and fairs were granted by various sovereigns, from Edward I to George II. The council was empowered to elect one burgess to parliament and this right continued until the Redistribution of Seats Act of A town clerk and other officers were appointed and the town boundaries described in great detail. James II changed the style of the corporation to that of a mayor, twelve aldermen and twelve burgesses.

Abingdon became a key link between major industrial centres such as Bristol , London, Birmingham and the Black Country. Abingdon railway station was closed to passengers in September The line remained open for goods until , including serving the MG car factory, which opened in and closed in October as part of a British Leyland rationalisation plan.

Abingdon was served by a branch line but the line and Abingdon railway station were closed in Much of the original Abingdon branch line is now a cyclepath, whilst the land on which the station stood has been extensively redeveloped, and is now the site of a large Waitrose store and surrounded by a large number of new flats and houses.

Abingdon became the county town of Berkshire sometime after receiving its Royal Charter in The county hall and court house were built between and , to assert this status. In , under local government reorganisation, Abingdon became part of the non-metropolitan shire county of Oxfordshire and the seat of the new Vale of White Horse District Council, with Abingdon becoming a civil parish with a town council.

Local councillors voted in November to rename the town back to its former name of "Abingdon-on-Thames", though this would need approval from the Vale of White Horse council. Abingdon had four cinemas but all have closed. It stood derelict for 24 years until it was demolished in and replaced by housing development, Regal Close. The Oxfordshire Guardian , a free newspaper , has been based in Abingdon for many years and was founded as the South Oxfordshire Courier.

Local radio and television stations are shared with Oxford, although ITV retains a news gathering centre in the town, formerly a broadcasting studio, for ITV Meridian. It originally had two long established Abingdon retailers—Vineys Home Furnishings now part of the Lee Longlands chain but retains its name and Mays Carpets now part of the Carpetright chain and has re-branded accordingly. In the town centre, many independent stores, estate agents and charity shops make up the Bury Street shopping centre as major high street names have chosen to go to other towns.

The roads around the area have been changed: While this has slightly reduced traffic within the historic town centre, congestion has greatly increased elsewhere. Local businesses have also complained that the increased traffic has driven shoppers away. The Gaol has been converted into luxury flats, shops and restaurants, with access to the riverside. The famous rock band Radiohead formed in Abingdon in The band grew to become highly successful, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide.

In , Radiohead were ranked the third best British artists of all time by Paste , below only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Sport[ edit ] Abingdon has two non-League football teams: The club disappeared at the time of WW2. Immediately after the Second World War the club moved to outside the RAF camp now Dalton Barracks which offered on-site changing facilities and later a pitch inside the camp.

At the start of the Suez Crisis in play temporarily returned to the Caldecott Road site because of security risks. In a short time the ground was developed and a pavilion erected but the organisation was plagued with financial difficulties and very soon dissolved with hockey disbanding and Abingdon Rugby remaining at the site as tenants to the cricket club. Abingdon has had members representing the county, progressing to first-class level and on to international status in the Five Nations Tournament.

Several years ago it was decided to introduce the youngsters of Abingdon to Club Rugby. The Youth Section has playing members from the ages of 6 to Abingdon is home to Abingdon Rowing Club, with members from 13 to 80 years old. It has had many successes at local and national races, and also hosts its own head race in April, one of the main events in the Abingdon Calendar. Its boathouse is situated along the Wiltsham road.

Economy[ edit ] Industrially, Abingdon was best known for the MG car factory, which opened in Alfred Booth and Company of Liverpool traded with the Pavlova Leather Syndicate from , [25] bought a share in it in —18 [26] and took it over in At that time its factory still processed imported skins of sheep, lamb and goat, mainly to make suede.

Pittards plc took over Garner Booth in and became Pittard Garner. It closed the Pavlova works in The site of the brewery has been redeveloped into housing. The Maltings was demolished and is now a mixed residential area and council offices. In , a craft brewery , Loose Cannon, reinstated brewing in the town at the Drayton Road Industrial Estate and sells its beers locally, including on draught at some local pubs. Abingdon is near several major scientific employers: Many inhabitants work in Oxford or commute by rail to London, from nearby Didcot.

Abingdon has a business park which has offices for several local, national and international companies including, until recently, Vodafone acquired as part of its takeover of Mannesmann in and Northern Rock bank. The Science Park includes the global headquarters of Sophos , an anti-virus company.

RM , an educational computing supplier, commonly refer to themselves as being Abingdon-based, which is technically true—even though their HQ is actually in nearby Milton Park , Milton, they have an Abingdon post code as does the rest of Milton Park.

Penlon Ltd, a medical equipment company, have their premises on the outskirts of Abingdon their previous site, near the former railway station, has been redeveloped as residential housing. Another major employer is the British head office of the German appliance company Miele.

In , car-maker MG was founded and moved its business alongside the Pavlova Leather Factory in By the outbreak of the Second World War , MG was established as one of the most popular brands of sports car in Britain. After the war, the MG factory continued to churn out increasing volumes of popular sports car which were available at competitive prices. But the factory closed in October on the demise of the ageing but still popular MG MGB range, and was demolished within months.

Governance[ edit ] Abingdon Bridge spans the River Thames. It was built in and much altered in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Abingdon is represented on the Vale of White Horse district council, as well as having its own town council. Control of the town council has passed between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives in recent years. The political composition of the council is election results , [30].

Hook up with Gay Men, Find Gay Cruising/Gay Cottaging Locations all over the United Kingdom (UK). Abingdon-on-Thames / ? ? b ? ? d ?n-/ AB-ing-d?n-, also known as Abingdon on Thames or just Abingdon, is a historic market town and civil parish in the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire, England. Historically the county town of Berkshire, since Abingdon has been administered by the Vale of White Horse district within .

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