Category Archives: building work

Abbey Field and Red Arrows


It looks like Daniel is airborne again with a replacement drone. He gave it a test flight near the Abbey Field development north of Abingdon, where there is now a tarmac road.

The road crosses the footpath to Sunningwell, and goes through the woodland near Tilsley Park.

More work can be seen beyond the trees with the A34 in the distance.

Daniel also emailed to say that the Red Arrows were flying over early this evening. The red arrows were returning from a show in Bournemouth and Abingdon was on the flightpath. This image is taken from Daniel’s youtube video … https://youtu.be/ySvZ0dUBJEs.

Old Abbey House – plans await decision


Plans were submitted for Old Abbey House to be converted into a hotel and the consultation period is over.

The original plans included a new retail building at the front near the trees. The retail building has now been removed from the plans following concerns for the trees.

Another concern is that heritage features are guaranteed before work begins.

A decision on the plans should not be far away. Meanwhile, creepers are taking over at one side.

Start of repairs to St Helen’s Wharf


Work began today on repairing a section of river wall at St Helen’s Wharf. The footpath has been closed and traffic lights installed.

Hoarding has been put around the damaged area and a scaffolding platform against the river wall.

The damage was noticed after flooding in March 2020. Work was planned to start today, 23rd August, and will take approximately four weeks.

Coming Soon – More Houses


A new sign has been erected on the other side of Tilsley Park from the Kingsgate development. It say Coming Soon – Abbey Fields. In reality, what are coming soon are houses – not fields.

Abbey Fields will be built on the field next to the A34, seen here from the footpath to Sunningwell . The footbridge over the A34 is a good viewing point, but not as good as Daniel’s drone. Daniel has managed to get another drone after the loss of the previous one.

Traffic was queueing back in the Oxford direction as I stood on the bridge.

After Kingsgate and Abbey Fields,  the next field for development, off the Dunmore Road in North Abingdon, is the large field rising to Lodge Hill. At the moment that field has an entrance and metal fences all the way round.