Monday, 30 June 2014

County Hall




Last week  I showed a couple of photos from Abingdon for Wordless Wednesday well today I will tell you a little bit about what is in the photos.





Abingdon Bridge which crosses the river Thames




The Old Gaol which was built to hole Napoleonic prisoners and probably built by them as well. It was derelict when I used to go to collage in the town and then was made into a leisure centre. That closed and now it is being converted into flats.




Abingdon used to be the County Town of Berkshire till some numpties decided to move the boundary's and placed it in Oxfordshire, this was it's County Hall. The first photo is original sign you saw when you came into the town, now its a scabby old Oxford County one. County Hall is now used as a museum and was open the day I was in town so my wife and I had a look round.





Abingdon was famous for building MG's, this was the last one made









Would you believe it that they brought the car in though this window. I saw the video of them doing it







You can see an excellent exhibition on MGs in the museum





It was also famous fro brewing beer and did so for hundreds of years till Green King come along and bought the place, then sold off the brewery and brewed the beer elsewhere.










The roof was open to look round so it was rude not to. This is the old gaol you saw in the earlier photo





Here we look down at the town square






This road leads out of town towards Witney and is called Ock Street after the river which flows into the Thames






This was the Brewery which is no more and is now turned into flats












One of the sights you see for miles around is Didcot Power station and is due to be demolished. The first three towers you see in the foreground come down on the 27th July







Just to prove I was on top of County Hall this is the top. Hope you enjoyed my little tour.
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5 comments:

  1. Most enjoyable!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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  2. what beautiful old buildings in this lovely town. TFS

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  3. Nice tour! I especially like the part about the MG. My MiL has an old original English one (driver on the right). :)

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  4. Love the top of the hall!

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  5. It really is a beautiful town. The bridge, in particular, appeals to me.

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