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Standing on the steps of the County Hall looking towards St Nicholas’s Church today, it is easy to... more
Edward Loveden Loveden was a regional magnate, economically powerful and politically influential... more
William Alder Strange, headmaster of Abingdon School, was a great-nephew of John Alder, ‘the lucky... more
The Argyle family have lived in the Abingdon area for a long time. In 1775 Richard Argyle of nearby... more
Agnes Leonora Challenor, née Duncan, was born in Wales on 19 March 1882, the eldest of eight... more
Nathaniel Dodson, who was vicar of St Helen’s for over forty years, was born in 1787 into a... more
Ralph George Campbell Glyn was probably Abingdon’s longest serving MP, holding the seat from 1924... more
Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe, Abingdon’s MP from 1796 to 1807, was an excellent example of what at... more
The Peyman family lived in Abingdon throughout the nineteenth century and were an established... more
John Morton was Abingdon’s MP from 1747 until 1770 and its recorder from 1753 until his death in... more
My grandfather, Basil Mayhead, was the last owner of the Lion Hotel on the north side of the High... more
The Knapps were a large but close-knit family originating in Chilton, a village between Abingdon... more
The history of Abingdon before the twentieth century is largely a story of family dynasties which... more
Frederick Thesiger was the most distinguished of Abingdon’s nineteenth century MPs, rising to the... more
Sampson Strong was the painter who was responsible for many of the portraits which to this day... more
The Stonhouse family – as they are now known – of Radley were influential and at times politically... more
It is not every schoolmaster who can retire to great wealth and a landed estate, but Robert... more
The Knollys family, based at Rotherfield Greys near Henley, were pre-eminent in Berkshire and... more
Albert Lock spent much of his adult life living in Abingdon where he was a well-known figure and is... more
Although he came to play a significant role in many aspects of Abingdon life, John Creemer Clarke... more
Oswald Jennings Couldrey is Abingdon’s best-known twentieth-century artist. He was born into a... more
The Tomkins were a large family who were particularly prominent in Abingdon from the mid-... more
The sixteenth century was a period of economic upheaval which provided great opportunities to the... more
Henry Forty, preacher and occasional religious writer, was the first professional minister to lead... more
Airey Neave was the last but one MP for the Berkshire county constituency of Abingdon which was... more
William Blacknall came to Abingdon in the mid-sixteenth century and made a fortune in local... more
Geoffrey Trease was one of the most prolific authors of his time with no fewer than 113 books and... more
Oliver Sansom, leader of the Quakers in the Vale of White Horse, was born in 1636 in Beedon but of... more
  Thomas Medlycott was recorder of Abingdon, 1675-86 and 1687-9. He had been born in London in 1628... more
Simon Harcourt was of a gentry family whose seat was at Stanton Harcourt. He was educated at a... more
Gabrielle Lambrick (née Jennings) was born in south London, her father a hospital administrator and... more
Thomas Trapham was born in Maidstone. He probably came to Abingdon in about 1630 after marrying a... more
Thomas Duffield, Abingdon’s MP from 1832 to 1844, was born in 1782 at Syston, Lincolnshire, second... more
John Maberly, Abingdon’s MP from 1818 to 1832, was an entrepreneur and a businessman before he... more
Thomas Richardson was a prominent Abingdon townsman. He built up a grocery business serving the... more
On the front of No 39 Stert Street – Mason the draper’s – there is a blue plaque commemorating the... more
John Thomas Norris was Abingdon’s MP from 1857 until 1865. He was particularly helpful to the town... more
W W Waite was an Abingdon artist of the Regency period. Apart from a period of apprenticeship in... more
(Note that there are numerous spellings of Wellesbourne's name) When, in February 1538, Henry VIII’... more
Benjamin Morland was an Abingdon solicitor who has left an enduring memorial in the Old Gaol, which... more
John Richardson was Abingdon’s serjeant-at-mace from 1628 until his death in 1663. His functions... more
Born in Faringdon in 1868, Thomas Skurray was educated at King Alfred’s School in Wantage and... more
Willoughby Bertie became fourth Earl of Abingdon on the death of his father, also Willoughby, in... more
James Bertie, who would be the first Earl of Abingdon, was born in 1653. He was a younger son of... more
Mary Morland exemplifies the limited possibilities of a woman of her time to make a career in... more


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