I went out for a walk round Albert Park. The light from the setting sun caught Prince Albert above it all. There were people out for walks, and families playing.
One of Abingdon’s greatest monuments is of a German Prince, admired and taken to heart by Victorian Abingdonians. They shared with Queen Victoria’s grief and created a civic memorial.
Prince Albert died at the age of 42. He had become known as a reformer in causes such as educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide. He was instrumental in the the Great Exhibition of 1851. The statue was finished in 1865.
Facing Prince Albert is the Church of St Michael and All Angels Church – finished in 1867.
Trinity Church, nearby, was finished in 1875.
In Victorian days smoke rose from chimneys. The chimneys in Park Road are memorials to the age of coal.