The historic market town of Abingdon has been ranked the 23rd worse place to live in England, but is it really that bad?

According to a survey by satirical website iLiveHere, Abingdon is one of the worst places to live in the country.

The survey, which is conducted annually, took a poll of 110,172 people, who voted where the top 50 worst places to live in the country were.

One voter described Abingdon as ‘Oxford’s ugly aggressive little brother that may stab you’.

Read also: Abingdon and Didcot rank among ‘worst places to live’ in UK

Charlie Birks, who was mayor of the town between 2019 and 2021, has praised the town for its “community spirit” and added that he is not offended by people’s opinions.

He said: “The best thing about Abingdon is its people, it’s amazing the stuff that goes on in the town.

“We’re a small market town, we don’t profess to have a theme park, but we do have a cinema, museum and a wonderful selection of historic buildings.”

To prove that Abingdon really is the “worst” place to live we have put together all the reasons why you should avoid living in the town.

1. The town boats a lido. Who would want to spend a summers day swimming in a heated pool by the Thames? Herald Series: Lido Ladies at Abbey Meadow poolLido Ladies at Abbey Meadow pool

2. There is nothing to do in Abingdon. No really, it has no culture at all. It only has a museum located in a 17th century building, a cinema with table service and the longest street fair in Europe. Herald Series: Abbey Cinema Abbey Cinema

Nothing ever happens in Abingdon… Herald Series: 2016 Abingdon Mayor councillor Alice Badcock at a bun throwing event.2016 Abingdon Mayor councillor Alice Badcock at a bun throwing event.

3. There is nowhere to eat out. It only has an award-winning Mexican restaurant, a selection of Italian restaurants serving delicious food and several tasty Thai and Indian restaurants. Herald Series: Dorindos restaurant Dorindos restaurant

4. The pubs are terrible as well. It only has about 17 pubs and bars including an award-winning brewery and pubs with gardens overlooking the river. Herald Series: The Tipsy Mercer cocktail bar. The Tipsy Mercer cocktail bar.

5. The town isn’t even scenic. Herald Series: Robert BeasleyRobert Beasley

I mean look at it. Herald Series: Allen DannfaldAllen Dannfald

Really…Herald Series: Abingdon Marina by Allen DannfaldAbingdon Marina by Allen Dannfald

Herald Series: Becca CollacottBecca Collacott

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