Old Abbey House

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Although it is not listed, Old Abbey House is one of Abingdon’s many heritage buildings and occupies an important site in the Town Centre Conservation Area and on the edge of the Abbey Gardens Scheduled Monument. Details of its history can be found on the Town Council website.

It has lain empty and visibly deteriorating since 2014 and The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society has been actively engaged in trying to persuade the District Council (who own it) to preserve and find a new use for it since then. A summary of our efforts can be found in the attached timeline.

At the beginning of August 2020, the District Council announced that it was testing the market to see if there were any potential buyers, but in parallel would be discussing with the Civic Society whether there was a community-based alternative. There is more about this on our news page.

In September 2020 the Civic Society submitted a 12-page proposal to the Vale. We are waiting to hear their thoughts on this. The Executive summary can be read here.