Tuesday 6 December 2011

Stairlifts Abingdon - Oxfordshire Stairlifts

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Stairlifts Abingdon – Stairlifts Oxfordshire

Here in the Vale of the White Horse between the Berkshire Downs and the River Thames is the market town of Abingdon.  This town is steeped in history and tradition.  Even its location, the Vale of the White Horse dates back to the Bronze Age.

You may feel historic but you can’t compete with that!  If however age is telling and making you in need of some help around or more specifically up and down the house, then Castle Comfort Stair Lifts can offer you advice.

If your mobility is testing you and you now need help to get up and down the stairs, please have a look at our stairlift comparisons on the website.  They’ll be something there that will work for you.  Why not give us a call for a chat on 01865 477 004.

Pre-historic connections
Wondering why this area is called the Vale of the White Horse?  It’s all to do with the famous Uffington White Horse on White Horse Hill.  This pre-historic hill figure is dug out of the earth and the trenches are filled with crushed chalk, hence its name.  It dates back to the Bronze Age but no one knows why it was carved out of the hill.

It has received much accolade in literature (Terry Pratchett’s A Hatful of Sky; A J Hartley’s What Time Desires) and as a filming location (BBC The Moon Stallion; film Map of the Human Heart).  It is also used locally as a logo by Wessex Hall at nearby Reading University, by a local school and by a local branch of the TA, Wessex Yeomanry.

Originally Abingdon on Thames, the first known traces of a settlement date back to the Iron Age.  In Saxon times Abingdon Abbey, a Benedictine monastery was founded there.  Some years later William the Conqueror visited the Abbey leaving his son, the future Henry I there to be educated.

Even ‘today’ Abingdon’s history changes.  Until 1974 when county boundaries were made, Abingdon was the county town of Berkshire.  In 1974 it came over to Oxfordshire and is located just 5 and a half miles from the city of Oxford; Banbury which we visited earlier is about 35 miles north of Abingdon and Bicester, a future destination, is 20 miles to the south.

More history
Abingdon Bridge is actually two bridges crossing the Thames in the town.  The two bridges are separated by Nag’s Head Island which takes its name from the pub of the same name located there.  The first bridge was started as a stone bridge in the 15th century probably replacing a wooden one or a ferry crossing; arches were added later in the same century.   The southern half of the bridge is also known as the Burford Bridge.  There is a daily river boat service to Oxford from the island.

It is also the home of Abingdon School an independent boys’ school founded by Benedictine Monks in the 12th century.

A strange but true tradition connected to Abingdon is where local dignitaries throw buns from the roof of Abingdon County Hall Museum at crowds in the market square on specific days of celebration.  The Museum has a collection of buns, thankfully dried and varnished, dating back to bun throwings in 19th century.  Since 2000 there have been bun throwing ceremonies to celebrate the Millennium, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, 450th anniversary of the town’s Royal Charter and Harry and Kate’s wedding earlier this year.

Morris Dancing has long been a tradition in Abingdon and is still flourishing today.  Every year a Mayor of Ock Street – the centre of Abingdon – is elected and heads a procession, preceded by the famous Horns of Ock Street a symbol of Abingdon’s Morris Dance Troupe who won’t dance without them!

How’s your bun throwing?  Want to throw buns from the top of your house but can’t get there?  Please get in touch with Castle Comfort Stair Lifts we’ve got all the unbiased information you need about stairlifts as we represent all UK manufacturers.  But don’t throw buns at us, just give us a call on 01865 477 004.

A saintly bias
Abingdon has been the home of two saints and a blessed: Saint Edmund of Abingdon and his sister, Saint Alice of Catesby.  The third sibling was the Blessed Margaret Rich.

Edmund also known as Saint Edmund of Canterbury was in fact Archbishop of Canterbury from 1233 – 1240.  After some disagreements with Rome, Edmund retired to the Cistercian Pontigny Abbey in France where he died shortly afterwards.  Some months after his death miracles at his grave were reported to have taken place.  Edmund was canonised a few years later by Henry III.

Sisters Alice and Margaret became nuns at the Benedictine House of Catesby; in fact Margaret was the Prioress.  Again after their deaths in 1257 and 1270 miraculous acts took place at their graves hence Alice’s canonisation and Margaret’s bestowed title of ‘Blessed’.

Nice to know
Not exactly a tradition but a ‘nice to know’ fact: Old Speckled Hen ale was originally brewed here by Morlands Brewery to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG factory in the town.  The name came from the MG car that used to ferry the factory workers around!  It had become speckled with paint over the years of in-factory use.  The MG factory closed in 1980.

Notable people of Abingdon
As well as two saints and a blessed which is some claim to fame, Abingdon has a few other famous people connected to the town.  Actor Gerald Charles Dickens, great, great grandson of the famous author Charles Dickens, lives in Abingdon.

Journalist and TV reporter Kate Garraway was born in Abingdon. Comedian David Mitchell was at Abingdon School; also to come out of Abingdon School, the band Radiohead who formed whilst studying together.

Stream-of-Consciousness author Dorothy Richardson was born in Abingdon but moved with her parents to London when she was a child.  She worked initially as a governess before becoming involved with the Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists and philosophers including Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West, Lytton Strachey and E.M. Forster.

West Ham footballer Matthew Taylor grew up in Abingdon and Dean Whitehead, playing for Stoke City the home of Castle Comfort Stair Lifts, was born here.

And whilst we’re on the subject, don’t forget that Castle Comfort Stair Lifts are here to help with all your mobility needs.  We won’t give you the hard sell but we can give you lots of information about which stairlift is right for you.

If you’re concerned about the cost remember that we are offering you a £50 off voucher, we have reconditioned stairlifts and we can point you in the right direction of grants to fund your purchase or 0% finance.

Call us on 01865 477 004  you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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