Category Archives: Bury Street

From the Farmers Market to browsing books


The Farmers Market was on the Market Place in Abingdon today.

It was my first time inside both independent bookshops since the reopening. The Book store is in Bury Street precinct.

Two shops have closed in Bury Street during the shutdown. The Gift Centre has closed – probably deciding not to renew a lengthy lease. Also Peacocks went into administration and is now closed.  200 of the 400 Peacock stores will be re-opening as the chain have been brought out out administration. I don’t know about the Abingdon shop.

Mostly Books were also open. On display there is Trinity by Frank Close. Trinity was the code name for exploding the test atomic bomb in 1945. This well researched story is about Klaus Fuchs, a communist sympathiser, who passed atomic secrets to the Soviets during the race for development of the nuclear bomb. The book has both spying and science.

The library is also open and there I saw another book by Frank Close called Neutrino. Frank Close is a nuclear physicist who lives in Abingdon and often helps at the ATOM Science festival

Specsavers Abingdon – Est 1993.

Specsavers
Specsavers have been celebrating 25 years in Bury Street at the weekend and have been giving out cake and goody bags. They moved from next to Greggs to the premises previously used by Halfords a few years ago. This gave them two floors and more space for opticians, hearing tests, and dispensing.

Other businesses that I think have been in Bury Street for 25, or more, years include:
New Look (moved)
Baker Oven (now Greggs)
Lunn Poly Travel (now Tui)
Mister Minit (now Timspon)
Supadrug (moved)
Abbey National (now Sandander)
Cancer Research Campaign
H Samuel
Dorothy Perkins
Boots (The Chemists)
Precinct Dental Practise
The Gift Centre (moved and now Abingdon Gallery )

News From Bury Street

Bury Street
Pablo Lounge opened yesterday in the premises that used to be New Look. The builders have been kitting it out for the last month or so and it looks jolly colorful inside.

New Look in Abingdon is not in the list of shops to be closed as the chain tries to turn round their finances. 60 from 600 shops are to close.
Bury Street
However Thomas Cook in Abingdon have closed their Abingdon shop as part of a closure of 50 from 690 stores. You can still find them in Wantage.

Bury Street Abingdon

Abingdon Marathon
The new Christmas Olympic decorations have arrived in the Bury Street, Abingdon. We may have to wait a few weeks more to see them turned on.
Abingdon Marathon
At the other end of the precinct,  the ABCD Film Society and the Abingdon Community Hospital League of Friends were sharing the Community Free Space on Saturday. The Film Society were giving out programmes of films for 2017/18. The Friends were selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the hospital. They could do with some younger members. So anybody interested in supporting them see The ACHLOF website.