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 Twin Towns: Abingdon

Abingdon, an old picturesque market town situated 6 miles south of Oxford with a population of approximately 30,500, is reputed to be the oldest continuosly inhabited settlement in England.

The town once had an Abbey, which rivalled Westminster Abbey in London for size, and was destroyed in 1538 during the dissolution of the monasteries ordered by Henry VIII.

Buildings of particular interest are the County Hall, St Helen's Church, the Alms Houses and the Unicorn Theatre and Long Galley in the Old Abbey.

St. Helen's Church, Abingdon

Abingdon was the home of the MG sports car and Morland's Brewery famous for the Old Speckled Hen, but now has a number of new high tech businesses, taking advantage of the easy commuting distance from London, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton.

The town has many traditions, Bun Throwing from the top of the County Hall, the Michaelmas Fair in October, the Traditional Morris Dancers electing their Mayor of Ock Street in June, and other civic ceremonies.

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