Abingdon, on the Thames in rural Oxfordshire, is claimed to be the oldest town in the country. It’s a modern market town rich in history and culture. The town still practices ‘bun-throwing’ to celebrate special occasions and sways to traditional Morris dancing, as well as hosting several annual festivities and events including the Abingdon Air & Country Show. Public amenities here include sports clubs and leisure centres. There are several schools in town, in addition to the Abingdon & Witney College offering further education.
As of December 2015, property prices here average at £342,259, with several parts of the town undergoing redevelopment. Abingdon is well connected by buses to Oxford and Didcot. The town is located on the A415, next to the A34, with access to motorways M10 and M4, and also A4183 and B4017. The nearest railway stations are located two miles from Abingdon at Culham and Radley, while Oxford is 8 miles away.
Abingdon Job Opportunities
Retail stores, such as Argos at the nearby Fairacres Retail Park, account for a number of retail jobs in Abingdon. The Tesco Extra store also has a presence here. Independent shops are aplenty in the main shopping precinct, as well as there being several restaurants, pubs and cafes, too.
There are multiple employers in the science and technology sector nearby: Harwell Laboratory, Diamond Light Source synchrotron and UKAEA at Culham (including JET fusion research project) offering research jobs in Abingdon. German appliance maker, Miele, and a number of other offices at the local business and science parks also contribute to the local job market.
Abingdon Employment Trends
Of the approximately 35,000 residents, a number are employed in Oxford or London, though the local employment scene is also active. LTi Metaltech will establish a new metallurgical testing laboratory at the Milton Science Park, near Abingdon. The facility will be manned by expert former employees of the recently closed Caparo Testing Technologies (CTT) laboratory.