Abingdon’s Food and Drink History – Exhibition
As part of Abingdon Heritage Open Days 2021, whose theme is “Edible Abingdon-on-Thames”, we have put together a photographic display to remind us of how we used to produce, buy and consume food and drink in the days before supermarkets, take-aways and the internet!
Like other market towns, Abingdon has a long and varied history relating to food. We had a vineyard, numerous mills, and fishing. Brewing was a major feature – including in the former Abbey Buildings. And it is surprising how much of what we currently consider part of the town was farms and orchards only a hundred or so years ago.
More recently still, the pattern of shops in the town centre was very different – numerous butchers, greengrocers and bakers to choose from.
Then of course we have our unique tradition of bun-throwing.
Call in and see a fascinating range of pictures to illustrate all of this – and more.
The exhibition will be set in the wonderful surroundings of St Nicolas Church – and if you want to know more about the church’s history, join the Lost Abbey Walk on Sunday!
There is information about other Heritage Weekend events on our Heritage Festival website or at our information stall on the Market Place on the Saturday and Sunday.