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Abingdon-on-Thames has a distinguished history in the County of Berkshire, including being the county town from shortly after the time of the Borough Charter in 1556 until 1869.

The council is fortunate to have the voluntary services of an Honorary Archivist who vigilantly cares and logs the council’s records and documents, some of which date back as far as 1556.

Researchers who are interested in accessing the town’s borough and civic archives may do so by appointment. Please call 01235 522642 or email with details of your enquiry and to make an appointment. The Honorary Archivist is currently available on Thursdays and notice is normally required. 

Records useful for genealogy and family research are available through the Oxfordshire Studies Centre and the Berkshire Records Office and each county family history society. The town moved from Royal Berkshire to Oxfordshire in the early 1970s local government reorganisation.

Online catalogues for heritage search and local studies can be viewed in Abingdon Library or seen at and thousands of images photography, prints, drawings are on Picture Oxon history as well as on the history pages on this site.

The town council’s archives are specifically in relation to information from the Borough of Abingdon and town civic archives.

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