Swordplay has been around for thousands of years. The Abingdon Sword (pictured above) dates from Saxon times.
Modern day fencing is still happening in Abingdon thanks to the Abingdon Vale Fencing Club. The sport provides good exercise, both mental and physical. For more details, their website is at www.AbingdonValeFencingClub.uk, and you can see them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/abingdonvalefc .
The club meets at the Gymnasium at Larkmead School, and have a close association with Abingdon School who have two fencers representing the UK at U17 level.
Thankyou to Tony who sent the photos.