Category Archives: building work

Progress on the New Development off Twelve Acre Drive

The new development off Twelve Acre Drive in North Abingdon, near Peachcroft Farm, is progressing steadily. Some of the houses are now foundations with several layers of bricks, and the view from the entrance and visitor centre will change significantly in the near future.

The public right of way has been diverted as part of the development. It now follows fences around the perimeter of the development.

They reconnected with the original path up the higher field that is being left as farmland.

This picture shows the view of the earth movers and the existing houses of Mattock Way beyond from the bridleway along the top of the ridge, another view that will also change in the near future.

Former Mayors of Ock Street Honoured with Street Names in Abingdon

The Abbey Fields Estate in Abingdon is being built, with new road names. In the case of Argyle Drive and Hemmings Lane, the latest two road names to appear, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council has honoured two former Mayors of Ock Street.

Argyle Drive is named after Leslie Argyle, who served as Mayor of Ock Street from 1980 to 1996.

Hemmings Lane is named after one of the many Hemmings who were Mayors of Ock Street, possibly Tom Hemmings, who served as Mayor from 1949 to 1960.

The Town Council uses a process to select street names that are relevant to the local area. They then pass them on to the District Council to make the final decision.


Minutes from a Town Council Planning meeting:

Mayors of Ock Street:

Old Abbey House Revealed after Renovation

After months of construction, the hoardings have started to come down at Old Abbey House, revealing the renovated building. The historic property, sold to Abingdon Town Council in 1923, and used as council offices for almost a century, was sold to Builders Ede in 2021 and is being converted into a 27-bedroom hotel. The hotel is located in the centre of Abingdon

Listed in 1971. Demolished in 1979.

60-64 West St Helen Street was listed in 1971, meaning it was of interest architecturally or historically. See the entry

It was demolished in 1979. Steve, who grew up there, gave me a photograph of the demolition. I live in a part of the new build.

I found a photograph of the building before demolition, taken from a larger photograph in Abingdon Past and Present by Elizabeth Drury and Judy Thomas (All Rights Reserved).

The listed building is described as: One building. Early C19. Rendered. Tile roof. Plinth. Three storeys. Three windows, moulded flush frames, double hung sashes with glazing bars, panel with tabs supports a cornice. The centre window on the first floor and ground floor has tabs missing and the window to the right on the ground floor is irregularly placed and has no panel. Two cellar openings, flat arches. Doorway to Nos 60 and 62 is one composition, with three carved pilasters and a flat hood on brackets. Doorway to No. 64 is similar, but set lower..