|In the market place in front of Abingdon's former County Hall|
On a recent visit to my old home town of Abingdon-on-Thames I was very pleased to see that the roof of the County Hall Museum is now open to visitors.
|Up on the roof|
I remember going up on the roof when I was younger, but access wasn't regularly available as it is now.
|Looking north. Among the images on the display board is a crowd scene from the 2011 Bun Throwing. It was great to be able to pick us out in the crowd too|
It's great to be able to stand on the rooftop, and look down from the spot where the Mayor and dignities gather at Bun Throwing events to throw the currant buns to the townsfolk below.
The County Hall was built by Christopher Kempster between 1678 & 1683. Renovation and repairs of the building were completed in 2012.
Part of the renovation work at the museum has seen a new coffee shop open in the basement of the hall - Buns in the Basement. It's the sister cafe to Throwing Buns, a tearoom next to the county hall.
|A miniature version of the county hall - and some buns - next to the stairway down to Buns in the Basement|
This was the first time I've been into the depths of the building and it was interesting to see a big working water pump in the basement, along with some history on the town's water supply.
|The rear of the county hall. The basement is now home to a coffee shop called Buns in the Basement|
Abingdon County Hall Museum is well worth a visit. I picked up some great postcards while there and also saw a World War 1 book written by my old college lecturer Bob Frampton! Check out the museum's website and Twitter feed for more information.
|One of the special Bun Throwing displays in Abingdon County Hall Museum|
- Abingdon County Hall Museum
- Abingdon County Hall Museum on Twitter
- Buns in the Basement
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- Bun Throwing
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