Abingdon Bound – 21st August 2019

We left our mooring from last night at 9.00 am. We had moored up just across from the last lock that we went through and this morning went looking for the lock keeper to pay for our mooring fees. We couldn’t find anyone so we chuffed off. We have 4-5 hours of cruising to get us to the picturesque town of Abingdon.

There was a cool air with no wind and the surface was like glass. It was great and morning cruising provides you with some lovely light.

The scenery on the way wasn’t overly pretty and the Didcot Power Station that we kept winding our way around didn’t do much for the landscape. Hence, you have another photo of Toque. When it is cool she sits up on the roof of the boat just above main door and often hangs over just checking who is coming in or out.

We found this intricate brick work rather interesting and added some charm to this boat house.

Goodness knows how much this little beauty would be worth. Guess if you could afford it you could afford a cleaner also.

On our arrival into the town of Abingdon we were met with this magnificent row of flowers. The initial introduction was very pleasing.

As mentioned, we were definitely going to end up in the Anchor Inn but instead we ended up at The Nags Head as it was closer.

Gorgeous location being situated on an island in the middle of the Thames. We got talking to a couple with a 16 week old Highland Terrier and we could see they had their work cut out for them.

Bun Throwing is an Abingdon Tradition that began with the 1761 Coronation of King George III. This long-standing tradition of the town has local dignitaries throwing buns(5,000 buns in 2018) from the roof of the Abingdon County Hall Museum into crowds assembled in the market square below on specific days of celebration (such as royal marriages, coronations and jubilees).

Industrially, Abingdon was best known for the MG car factory, which opened in 1929. 1,155,032 cars were made at the plant over the next 51 years until British Leyland closed it on 24 October 1980. Subsequent cars sold under the MG brand have since been produced either at Longbridge in Birmingham or at SAIC’s factories in China.

We will be going into the town in the morning for breakfast and will have some more photos of the pretty, historic town.

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