Abingdon, The Changing Faces of, Book 1

Carole Newbiggin and Marilyn Yurdan, Robert Boyd Publications, 2006, 96pp

This is the sixtieth book in the Changing Faces series of books about Oxfordshire places, although of course Abingdon was in Berkshire until 1974. The book is chiefly dedicated to photographs and anecdotes of local Abingdon people in their natuaral surroundings at work, rest and play, be it a school class, sports team or place of work. The photographs date from the 1940s until the early 2000s, but are predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s. A list of names is given with many photographs, plus plenty of background information, so anyone with an Aabingdon connection should recognise someone in the photographs. The book is divided into nine sections ranging from The Abbey and its legacy to Parties and events. So if you want to know more about Abingdon's traditions of Morris dancing and bun throwing... I recommend this book to anyone with Abingdon interests for the nostalgia alone.

Sue Matthews

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