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Abingdon County Hall
Abingdon County Hall
Coordinates 51 ° 40 ′  N , 1 ° 17 ′  W Coordinates: 51 ° 40 ′  N , 1 ° 17 ′  W
OS National Grid SU4997
Abingdon-on-Thames (United Kingdom)
Residents 36,626 (as of 2001)
Post town Abingdon
ZIP code section OX14
prefix 01235
Shire county Oxfordshire
Website: abingdon.gov.uk
The Thames looking towards St. Helen

Abingdon-on-Thames (also known as Abingdon ) is a town with 36,626 inhabitants (2001) in the county of Oxfordshire in south-east England . The city is on the Thames about nine kilometers south of Oxford and eight kilometers north of Didcot . It is the capital of the Vale of White Horse District . Until 1974 it belongs to the county of Berkshire and was its administrative seat. The River Ock flows into the Thames at Abingdon.


The Neolithic mine at Abingdon was discovered by Pastor Charles Overy, published by E. Thurlow Leeds and listed in 2004 as a scheduled monument. It lies north of the Thames on a spur of Summertown-Radley gravel bounded by the two creek valleys. Two concentric trenches lie between the streams; a third, similar trench may have been in the south. The enclosure was at the highest point.

The Oxford area's Summertown-Radley gravels are rich in prehistoric finds.

Abingdon is one of those places that claim to be the oldest permanently inhabited city in Britain. The place was supposedly founded as early as the Iron Age .

It also claims to have the oldest monastery in England, Abingdon Abbey , but Glastonbury also claims the same . Legends date the abbey to be founded in AD 166; Confirmed findings date their foundation to the 7th century. William the Conqueror celebrated Easter 1084 in the monastery and his son Heinrich, who later became King Henry I , was educated here. The place was a trading center for wool and cloth in the Middle Ages. In the 19th century, the city was a bit sidelined because it was not well integrated into the railway network. From 1929 to 1980, the British car brand MG had a factory in the city. The city lost importance when in 1974 Berkshire was given up as an administrative unit.


Abingdon today benefits from the dynamic development of the Oxford region. Several companies from the field of new technologies have settled here. Here, for example, is the headquarters of the company Sophos .

Until it closed in 2000 after being taken over by Greene King Brewery , Morland Brewery in Abingdon produced the well-known pale ale "Old Speckled Hen" in England .

Town twinning


sons and daughters of the town

See also

Web links

Commons : Abingdon-on-Thames  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Census, 2001
  2. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1021368
  3. ^ E. Thurlow Leeds, The Neolithic Site at Abingdon. Antiquaries Journal 9/1, 1929, 31; E. Thurlow Leeds, A Neolithic Site at Abingdon Berks. {Second Report), Antiquaries Journal 7, 1928, 461-477
  4. Humphrey Case, The Neolithic causewayed camp at Abingdon, Berks. Antiquaries Journal 36 (1-2), 1956, 11. doi: 10.1017 / S0003581500060339.
  5. Article in the 'Oxford Mail'
  6. ^ Abingdon in David Nash Ford's Royal Berkshire History online
  7. Abingdon Abbey in David Nash Ford's Royal Berkshire History (online)