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.

The current situation is that the District Council’s Cabinet will shortly be discussing options to be presented by their officers. We have made some suggestions and hope these will be taken into consideration. We will be pressing to hear the results of the review as soon as possible.

In the meantime we are also continuing to press for the building to be re-listed as an “Asset of Community Value”. This would mean that if the Council did decide to sell it there would be an opportunity for a community organisation to bid before it went on the open market.