SUNDAY 17TH MAY TO MONDAY 18TH MAY 2009
A late start as we didn’t fall out of the Watermans Arms until gone midnight, but we eventually got underway, with Abingdon as our destination. Plenty of free mooring available and we chose a spot just below the bridge, with view of the, five aisled church and the Long Alley Almshouses and stayed two nights.
The town boasts a most magnificent Town Hall, built by one of Sir Christopher Wren’s masons, but sadly the town gaol, which had housed a fitness centre, is now empty and boarded up and looks really depressing and unwelcoming, which I suppose is exactly what it was designed to look like. When we left Abingdon, we first passed the original place where the Wilts and Berks Canal joined the Thames, this is now a road, but a little further down stream there is the proposed site for a new junction when this canal is eventually reopened.