Ascott Park near Stadhampton has been a major focus of activity. It
is an attractive area of parkland that once formed the centre of a great
estate run by the Dormer family.
The Trust have researched the history and carried out an excavation
to locate the long lost house and gardens associated with the Dormers.
Anyone looking for a good short walk can follow the historical trail set
up by the Trust and and ponder the many mysteries this fascinating
stretch of countryside has to offer. See the Ascott Park Historical
Trail on the County Council's website for details.
Further information about Ascott Park:
Ascott Park Trail leaflet
History of Ascott Park
Excavation report for Ascott Park
Repairs have now been completed to the Conduit House in Albert Park, Abingdon. This is a small, hexagonal stone building, probably of 16th century date. It was built to collect water from nearby springs, and then feed it down a conduit to a fountain in Ock Street. The Conduit House, which is a Grade II listed building. is owned by Christ's Hospital, an Abingdon charity. The stonework had got into bad condition, and a comprehensive programme of repairs was undertaken. Far more work turned out to be needed than was originally thought. The repairs were undertaken, to a very high standard, by a specialist firm, Bespoke Stonemasonry Ltd. for Christ's Hospital. The Oxfordshire Buildings Trust made a grant of £5,000 towards these costs.