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Like Stonehenge the County Hall in Abingdon has stood the test of time.

Arches
The County Hall in Abingdon looks magnificent from whatever angle you view it.

The hall was built between 1678 and 1683 and amazes people travelling through Abingdon.
Arches
Recent architecture looks insubstantial alongside.
Arches
The Abingdon Market Place viewed through its arches has seen many changes.
Arches
Like Stonehenge the County Hall has stood the test of time.

Myth, Mystery and Music – Art Exhibition

Myth Mystery Music
The 2018 Abingdon County Hall Musuem Guide is now available, and makes a very colourful and handy guide to the coming year.
Myth Mystery Music
The first new exhibition of 2018 opened yesterday, Saturday 13th January, and runs until 18th March, and is called Myth, Mystery and Music.
Myth Mystery Music
Local artist Caroline Ritson goes in search of sightings of the Green Man in hedges, flowers and foliage, and when she has found an eye or face, she paints it in great detail. It is fun to try to find the Green Man in her pictures. Caroline also has pictures of Morris Dancing and Music Festivals.
Myth Mystery Music
Alongside these are paintings by another local artist, Barbara Payne. Some of her paintings portray the mysteries to be seen near The Oldest Road (The Ridgeway), including the White Horse, Wayland Smithy, and Blowing Stone. She also has paintings of musicians, and produces ceramics, prints, and books of poetry.

The Magical MG, seen here, is always there in the museum gallery.

New flagpole on the County Hall roof

New Flag Pole
There was a road closure early this morning to allow Ecclesiastic Steeplejack Ltd to install the new flagpole on the County Hall in Abingdon
New Flag Pole
The old pole had been shortened – to cut out the rot, resulting in flags being buffeted against the guy wires. The new timber pole is back to the original length of 6.7 meters.
New Flag Pole
It is finished in white marine gloss paint which will last for many years to come.
New Flag Pole
In this picture the new pole can be seen balanced across the walls at the top of the staircase as the giant cherry-picker brings the steeplejacks safely back to earth.
New Flag Pole
The new flagpole is now held in position by four guy wires – all ready for whatever flags the Town Council’s policy allows to be flown, and whatever winds buffet the flags.

Raising a glass to Abingdon’s best rooftop views

rooftop views
At Abingdon’s County Hall Museum there are a series of new banners to tell visitors about the attractions.
rooftop views
You can even arrange for afternoon tea on the rooftop terrace and raise a toast to Abingdon’s best rooftop views.
rooftop views
The view across the rooftops and the River Thames towards the farmlands of South Oxfordshire.
rooftop views
The view over St Nicolas Church and The Guildhall to the trees where Abingdon Abbey once stood.
rooftop views
The view over the Market Place, with its four quadrants and four trees.
rooftop views
The view down East St Helen Street to St Helen’s Church.