Welcome to the Abingdon-on-Thames edition of The Oxford Magazine.
Located on the River Thames, a few miles downriver from Oxford, and famous for its Bun-Throwing, a unique tradition for celebrating major royal occasions which dates back over 250 years, Abingdon is a large, thriving town with some very imposing architecture in its centre.
Designed by a protégé of Sir Christopher Wren, Abingdon County Hall is very grand, with tall arcades that would have provided a sophisticated space for markets and meetings. It was built as a county hall for Berkshire between 1678 and 1683, and it boasts fine views of the the market square from the rooftop.
Abingdon Bridge has spanned the River Thames since 1416, despite needing running repairs down the centuries. The defunct Abingdon Abbey is enclosed in a lovely park in the town and, although the abbey church is long gone, you can still identify the monastic buildings, including the Long Gallery, an evocative half-timbered hall.