Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

The Local History Group 

35 Ock Street pictureThe Local History Group provides a forum and meeting point for members with a particular interest in the local history of Abingdon and its region. 

There are three meetings during the year, starting in February, with subsequent meetings in May, and October. At each meeting, one or two members give short presentations on their current research, which are discussed. Tea and coffee are provided, and there is usually ample opportunity for socialising and informal talk on historical subjects. 

There are also sub-groups which form from time to time for specific purposes. One that is currently active is the Abingdon Buildings and People group, which manages the Abingdon historical website, http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/partners/history

Meetings are on Tuesday evenings, 7.45 pm, in the Pendarvis room at 35 Ock Street OX14 5AG. 

We welcome anyone with a question about Abingdon local history as we usually have a knowledgeable audience who can answer them. There is also the opportunity to share anything you have done about Abingdon or the surrounding area with those present.

Please let me know so that I can make sure we allocate you some time.

 All AAAHS Members and guests are welcome. 

Picture © M Brod 2013 

 

Next Local History Group meeting: 

The next meeting will be in Spring 2019 starting at 7.45pm in the Pendarvis Room  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5AG. 

For security reasons the front door is kept locked, so ring the bell and you will be let in.

For more information contact John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk

AAAHS Local History Group Convenor

 

Previous Local History Group Meeting

This was held on 30th October 2018. Twenty two people attended.

Manfred Brod talked about the Abingdon food riots of the 18th century, which were quite lively. Jackie Smith spoke about 'Daughters of the Empire' and the Norman (family)  and Sandys connections. John Foreman asked why the Farringdon Road is where it is and not on the route we would go today. This evoked many ingenious theories. Bob Frampton talked entertainingly on the history of the Abingdon Fair, fairs in general and the influence of technology on their development.