Abington History Group
The group, founded in 2000, exists to research the history of the villages of Great and Little Abington and to share their findings with those who are interested. A database of parish and census records has been built up together with a large collection of images, mainly photographs both old and recent. References to land and people from other historical sources are also added to a database. We hold copies of a collection of maps of the villages dating back to 1603.
The group has published village history trails for both villages as well as an award-winning book entitled World War 2 Memories of Abington and Abington People. In addition we have worked on the sale of the Abington Hall Estate; we conduct oral history interviews and research university and college archives seeking more information on early land ownership. Another completed project resulted in the publication of Memories of the Land Settlement in Abington 1936 to 1983. We have shown DVDs of 1980 Village Revues to audiences many of whom were in the original productions.
In 2014 we researched World War 1 connections to the Abingtons and put on a display, a lecture and a showing of films in the Abington Institute in October. The display dealt both with those from the Abingtons who served in WW1 and with ancestors of current villagers who served.
We have recently produced a second Aspects of Abington History – a miscellany of pieces about the history of the Abingtons and their people.
If you would like to know more about any of these subjects then contact any member of the Abington History Group and we are always keen to see and, if possible, scan pictures or documents relating to any aspect of Great and Little Abington history.