Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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High Street, Abingdon, ca 1910


Ock Street Flooded, 1894


The Causeway, 1909


Abingdon Before Developments


 The Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

 The AAAHS was founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region.

The society organises monthly lectures by acknowledged authorities on topics related to history and archaeology and to those of Abingdon in particular. There is also, during each summer, a programme of visits to sites of particular significance. Members are encouraged to write for the Society's bi-annual newsletter, which is published on the website.

The society encourages its members to pursue their own research interests, either independently or within its special interest groups, and supports these financially so far as its means allow. Its archaeological group, the longest established, has carried out numerous excavations in and about Abingdon; many of these have been published while others are currently being prepared for publication. The local history group was established in 2000 and since then has taken a number of initiatives, notably including the Ock Street Heritage project of 2006-8 and the 'Abingdon Buildings and People' history website . The society provides guides and lecturers, and cooperates with other local organisations on projects of civic importance.

 If you want to join the AAAHS, there's a membership form on this website, or you can contact any of the committee members.

Visitors are very welcome to attend meetings at a cost of £3.

The AAAHS has an online Bulletin Board at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/aaahs
You can also follow us on Twitter - click to go there.

 Next Talk:

21st September 2017 at 7.30pm.

The first presentation of the 2017-2018 speakers' season will be preceeded by our AGM, with the election of the Committee and the usual reports, but no other business. We expect the AGM not to take long.

Jackie Smith: The Development of Albert Park 

Albert Memorial

Albert Park, established on Conduit Field was described by John Betjeman as England's finest example of a Victorian suburb. The park itself, now with mature specimen trees and pleasant walk and views, dates from the 1860s. Shortly afterwards building plots were offered and soon the wealthy of Abingdon had villas built. Streets were built to access the area and these were filled with new houses that now make Albert Park probably the most desirable area to live in Abingdon. Jackie Smith will tell the story of the Park, street and houses that make this area such a local asset. (The image shows the Albert Memorial.)
Jackie Smith
Jackie Smith has been an AAAHS member since September 1969 when she became interested in Abingdon's history, particularly in all aspects of the Albert Park area and 19th century Abingdon. She worked for about 17 years in the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies now the Oxfordshire History Centre. She has been Hon Archivist to Abingdon Town Council since 1995 and to Christ's Hospital since 2008. She has co-authored three books, one on Abingdon pubs and two on Christ's Hospital and currently contributes monthly articles to The Herald. 



Next Local History Group meeting:

These meetings are usually held on a Tuesday  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon, starting at 7.45 in the Pendarvis Room.

The next meeting will be held on 17 October 2017. 

This is your opportunity to share what you know about Abingdon, learn more about the town and hopefully have your questions answered.

The Group is run by John Foreman, the AAAHS Local History Group Convenor, in his own inimitable style.

You don't have to have something to say, but if you have you'll be welcome to say it.  It's as formal or informal as you please, and there is coffee.

John writes:  I do tend to have a casual approach to organising these meetings along the lines of “if you build it, they will come.” Much to my relief (and many others) that usually happens, but it is often the same people who come along with their observations, work or questions about Abingdon and our near neighbours. Not that there was anything wrong with that, and a thank you to them, but it would be good if we had some fresh input. That means you! If you have any questions about Abingdon’s past, where you live, what used to be where do bring it along. It might help if you let me know what it is beforehand so the query can be circulated so the experts can check their research, but not essential. If you have done any research into anything that may fit into the “Local” heading we are interested in that. If we do not get enough content I may have to show a bit more research into the Turner painting of Swift Ditch. You have been warned. Please get involved!

If you are at all interested in local history do come.

John Foreman


Contact me, John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk


Please find details in the Current Activities - Local History section on this site.