Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 1940s

Abingdon, Oxfordshire. St Nicholas Church and Abbey gate. 1940s.

Two photos possibly taken around the same time. Early WW2 period auxiliary fire service vehicles parading past the abbey gateway in the centre of Abingdon. At the same intersection, to the right of the gate, was the Hays and Son butcher shop, in a row of shops which was demolished for road widening post-war. Dating these is a bit problematic. Hays & Son apparently stopped trading before the war, the vehicles date to 1939-1941, but the street decorations suggest that this is VE Day. Draw your own conclusions.

Hays & Son butcher shop. Bridge Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 1930s?


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