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Abingdon, Long Alley Almshouses

Historic building in Abingdon. Erected by the Fraternity of the Holy Cross in 1446.

Towns’ Prisons to Close

Most of the the seven public-sector prisons to close under a £63m a year cost-saving drive announced by the Secretary State for Justice, Chris Grayling, are at the centre of English towns.  The 2,600 “old and uneconomic places” will be removed by closing the following prisons: HMP Bullwood Hall – next to Rayleigh Essex HMP […]

Great Fires of the English Towns

One of the many forces for destruction of English towns over the centuries has been fire (see also Great Floods of the English Towns).  The following were catastrophic examples: Great Fire of Rochester (1137): In 1130 Rochester cathedral was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by thirteen bishops in the presence of Henry I, […]

Anti-supermarket development protests

According to This is Cornwall, Fowey is the latest town to campaign against possible supermarket development. Tescopoly lists 465 current and recent UK campaigns (!) including the following in England: Abbeydale Rd, Sheffield Abingdon Road, Oxford Abingdon, Oxfordshire Acocks Green, Birmingham Ainsdale, Southport Allenton, Derby Alton, Hampshire Amble, Northumberland Ambleside, Cumbria Amersham, Buckinghamshire Amesbury, Salisbury […]

Slough Town Hall

Slough Town Hall – originally built in 1937, for the dawn of the town’s status as a Borough – was saved from proposed demolition last year.  It is being refurbished as a primary school for 420 students.  This followed a strong local campaign, supported amongst others by the Twentieth Century Society and perhaps the ghost […]

Slough Bus Station

According to the Borough council’s website: “The old Brunel bus station closed on the night of 27 May [2011] with the last scheduled departure at 00.16, route 81 to Hounslow. “The new bus station opened on the morning of 28 May [2011] with the first scheduled departure at at 04:48, route 81 to Hounslow. “The […]