No 186. Abingdon Bridge

This very ancient bridge of eight varied arches dates from 1416 and was constructed by monks from the local abbey with stone donated by a wealthy quarry owner.   It was carefully restored by the local authority in 1927 with the assistance of funds from the Guild of Christ’s Hospital who had previously been responsible for its upkeep.   The great Abbey which was founded about 1000AD has mostly disappeared with the exception of the large gatehouse in the market place and a few other buildings towards the river.   The town holds a Monday Market which has been in existence since Saxon times and is still flourishing today.