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Rev Jamie McGrath
01235 520375
 Lisa Paterson

1 Radley Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. OX14 3PL


01235  520375. 


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The Church in Abingdon



Our Local Town Community



Situated on the west bank of the River Thames, some seven miles downstream of the City of Oxford, Abingdon on-Thames is an important, thriving modern market town. The population has grown in recent years from 18,575 in 1971 to 33,130 in 2011. It is an historic town, the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in England. It developed around a great Benedictine Abbey, built in the 7th Century, and the centre with its Market Place is an attractive historic blend of buildings and architecture dating from 1100 to the present day.

The town’s Abbey Shopping Centre and surrounding streets contain a wide variety of shops (114 recorded in the 2011 retail survey), restaurants and public houses, whilst a short walk leads to the picturesque river frontage of the Abbey Meadow or the riverside moorings adjacent to the Abingdon Bridge. Commerce has always been important to the town throughout its history and the Monday Market, established in the 12th century, is still thriving today. Other events include a monthly farmers market and a quarterly local excellence market, showcasing the best in food and drink form the area.

Abingdon has experienced substantial growth in the recent years due to the development of modern housing, a business park, a science park, and the regeneration of several areas in the town centre. The population benefits from competitive broadband coverage, a community hospital, a college of further education, a public library, a museum and seven secondary schools. The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre is a national centre for excellence for Tennis, while Tisley Park has an all-weather athletics track and sports pitches.

Abingdon has continued to develop its Christian roots and in 1988 the Church in Abingdon was formed by a group of churches of different denominations. Their aim was to work together and bring a fresh vision of hope to the town by making known the message of the Christian faith. As an offspring of this cooperation, in 2009 Christ Church in Abingdon has launched an Emergency Food Bank” to meet the needs of people going through a period of crisis.  Anyone in need will be welcome, regardless of their faith or creed.

For more information on the town, visit “the Official Guide and Map” at www.abingdon.gov.uk.


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