- Abingdon County Hall Museum
The museum is housed in a Grade I listed 17th century County Hall building, located in the Market Place in the centre of the town. Nikolaus Pevsner said of the building: "Of the free-standing town halls of England with open ground floors this is the grandest". The building was formerly the county hall of Berkshire. Abingdon was the county town until it ceded that title to Reading in 1867. The hall was built 1678–82 and was most likely designed by the Oxfordshire-born stonemason Christopher Kempster, who trained with Sir Christopher Wren on St Paul's Cathedral. It stands on pillars with a sheltered area beneath for use as a market or other municipal functions It is next to the main market square.
Collections and exhibitions
The museum has permanent collections and presents temporary exhibitions several times a year. There are also smaller exhibitions on local themes that are changed every month.
- The Abingdon Sword
- ^ The County Hall & Museum Collection, Abingdon County Hall Museum.
- ^ Nikolaus Pevsner, 1966. (On Abingdon County Hall Museum homepage.)
- ^ Abingdon County Hall: Information for Teachers, English Heritage. Palladian Press, 2004.
- ^ Newsletter, The Friends of Abingdon, Abingdon Museum, page 2, May 2010.
- ^ Abingdon County Hall Museum, Culture24, UK.
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