Abingdon is a market town in Oxfordshire, England. Situated on the River Thames, Abingdon is one of several places that claim to be Britain's oldest continuously occupied town, with people having lived there for at least 6,000 years. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.
With historical connections to the local abbey, there are old buildings dating from the 15th century that still survive including the chapel of St John's Hospital, a refuge for travellers, and almshouses around St Helen's Church.
Dominating the market square is the magnificent County hall built between 1678 and 1684 by Christopher Kempster, a mason who worked for Sir Christopher Wren. This housed the Berkshire Assize courts and witnessed many important criminal trials. It now houses Abingdon Museum. The balconied roof of the Hall is used for the bun throwing ceremony, which began at George III's coronation in 1760.
There are many interesting shops and cafes located round the pedestrian square and there is a regular Monday market that has been established since before 1328.
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