28 Facts About Abingdon Oxfordshire


Historically the county town of Berkshire, since 1974 Abingdon has been administered by the Vale of White Horse district within Oxfordshire.

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In 1856 the Abingdon Oxfordshire Railway opened, linking the town with the Great Western Railway at Radley.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire has been occupied from the early to middle Iron Age and the remains of a late Iron Age defensive enclosure lies below the town centre.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire Abbey was founded in Saxon times, possibly around 676, but its early history is confused by numerous legends, invented to raise its status and explain the place name.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire became the county town of Berkshire sometime after receiving its Royal Charter in 1556.

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In 1790 Abingdon Oxfordshire Lock was built, replacing navigation to the town via the Swift Ditch.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire became a key link between major industrial centres such as Bristol, London, Birmingham and the Black Country.

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In 1856 the Abingdon Oxfordshire Railway opened, linking the town with the Great Western Railway at Radley.

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Much of the original Abingdon Oxfordshire branch line is a cyclepath, whilst the land on which the station stood has been extensively redeveloped, and is the site of a large Waitrose store and surrounded by a large number of new flats and houses.

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In 1974, under local government reorganisation, Abingdon became part of Oxfordshire and the seat of the new Vale of White Horse District Council, with Abingdon becoming a civil parish with a town council.

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Since the 1980s, Abingdon Oxfordshire has played host to a number of information communication companies, with many based in the town's respective business and science parks.

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Tesco Extra store west of the town is the largest supermarket in Abingdon Oxfordshire and has historically been one of the most profitable Tesco stores in the country.

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Town centre of Abingdon Oxfordshire was renovated in 2012 as part of the council's redevelopment plan, with the 1970s shopping precinct converted to look more modern.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire is home to Abingdon Oxfordshire Rowing Club, with members from 13 to 80 years old.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire RUFC was formed at the Queens Hotel on 27 February 1931.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire has had members representing the county, progressing to first-class level and on to international status in the Six Nations Tournament.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire was originally home to the Morland Brewery, whose most famous ale was Old Speckled Hen, named after an early MG car.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire is near several major scientific employers: the UKAEA at Culham, Harwell Laboratory, the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the new Diamond Light Source synchrotron, which is the largest UK-funded scientific facility to be built for over 40 years.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire has a business park which has offices for several local, national and international companies including, until recently, Vodafone and Northern Rock bank.

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

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Industrially, Abingdon Oxfordshire was best known for the MG car factory, which opened in 1929.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire was founded in 1924 and moved its business alongside the Pavlova Leather Factory in 1929.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire is 9 miles south of Oxford, 15 miles south-east of Witney and 22 miles north of Newbury in the flat valley of the Thames on its west bank, where the small river Ock flows in from the Vale of White Horse.

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Frequent express buses operate between the local railway stations and Abingdon Oxfordshire, run by Oxford Bus Company and its sister company Thames Travel.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire is represented on the Vale of White Horse district council, as well as having its own town council.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire has the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle, which can be found to the north of the town centre surrounded by trees within a housing estate.

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Roysse Room was the site of Abingdon Oxfordshire School from 1563 until it moved to its current site after an indenture by John Roysse, who had been born and educated in Abingdon Oxfordshire before he moved to London.

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Abingdon Oxfordshire has a very old and still active Morris dancing tradition, passed on since before the folk dance and song revivals in the 19th century.

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