Thursday, November 19, 2020

Social distancing in Abingdon Market Place

A look at the social distancing markers in Abingdon's Market Place.


Covid-19 social distancing signs in Abingdon Market Place

I've been documenting the Covid-19 social distancing signs I've seen during the coronavirus pandemic on my blog at the Ham & Egger Files as well as my Instagram.

Covid-19 social distancing signs in Abingdon Market Place

The ones in Abingdon's Market Place are nice and clear. They also include the town crest which I think is a nice touch.

Covid-19 social distancing sign in Abingdon Market Place

The Market Place is famous as the location for Bun Throwing and the starting point for the Michaelmas Fair. Both events normally see thousands of people pack in or pass through to be a part of the occasions.


Christmas tree in Abingdon's Market Place

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

My first Bun Throwing

There was a Bun Throwing in Abingon on this day in 1981.


The team at Abingdon Museum posted about the Bun Throwing that took place in Abingdon to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on this day in 1981.


It was the first Bun Throwing I attended. Although at less than a year old I can't imagine I knew what was going on, nor caught any buns! I probably did scoff some my mum and dad had caught though.

The last bun throwing held in the town to date was in 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. That bun throwing was the 35th event since 1761.

There have been 15 Bun Throwing events in my lifetime.

Currant buns from the Bun Throwing that celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012. A total of 6,000 buns were thrown on that occasion
Currant buns from the Bun Throwing that celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012. A total of 6,000 buns were thrown on that occasion 

The curious tradition sees the mayor and other dignitaries climb to the top of the old County Hall to throw hundreds or thousands of currant buns down to the townsfolk gathered in the market place below.


Abingdon County Hall Museum has a collection of buns preserved from bun throwings dating back many years.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Foxes Afloat - Bun Throwing in Abingdon

The team from the Foxes Afloat narrowboat vlog recently stopped off in my home town of Abingdon where they looked at the tradition of Bun Throwing.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Picture Postcard Magic - Abingdon-on-Thames

Check out my latest guest post on the Picture Postcard Magic blog from Reflections of a Bygone Age. It's about my home town of Abingdon.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Bun throwing activities at Abingdon Museum

Details of museum fun and games during lockdown.


Buns on display at Abingdon County Hall Museum
Buns on display at Abingdon County Hall Museum

My parents let me know that Abingdon County Hall Museum has a number of indoor activities to pass the time and keep you entertained during lockdown.

Among the lockdown fun and games are a bun throwing jigsaw puzzle and a bun throwing quiz.

The quiz is nicely tricky.

Throwing buns


We revisited the museum the last time I was back home. It's always nice to pop in and see the exhibits and have a look out from the roof when it's open.

The last bun throwing held in Abingdon-on-Thames was in November 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

That bun throwing was the 35th event since 1761.

I wonder when it will be possible to hold another bun throwing?


As a mass gathering and celebration event it's something that won't be taking place for quite some time.


It'd be nice to think a bun throwing could be held to mark the safe end of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, June 08, 2020

No Umbrellas

One of the fun things about the mass scramble of a bun throwing event is seeing the different tactics people employ in an effort to catch or retrieve a bun.


As a traditionalist I opt for the open handed catch. However, quite a few people use the upturned umbrella approach. Something that was outlawed at the last event!

Abingdon Bun Throwing
A new rule

The last Abingdon bun throwing took place in November 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. The weather wasn't too great at all and the umbrellas people brought along were actually used to keep the rain off them rather than to catch buns in.

Abingdon Bun Throwing
I've never gone in for the umbrella catching tactic as I've seen more buns bounce, slip and slide out of upturned brollies than stay in

Bun Throwing in Abingdon
Social distancing from a Bun Throwing sign in 2018. Yellow and black warning signs have become commonplace in 2020

Friday, May 08, 2020

VE Day Bun Throwing in Abingdon

Two of the town's bun throwing events have marked VE Day.


Abingdon bun throwing

In 1946 there was a Victory Day bun throwing where 2,500 buns were thrown.

In 1995 there was a bun throwing held to mark the 50th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Some of those currant buns had a special 'V for victory' marking on them. The excellent Abingdon Blog has a post about 1995's event.

The last bun throwing held in the town to date was in 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.


That bun throwing was the 35th event since 1761. The last bun throwing held before the 2018 event was to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.


At the present time it's hard to know when the town will be once again able to hold a bun throwing.