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St. Helen's Street, Abingdon-on-Thames with St. Helen's church in the distance. This street is one of the oldest in the town, with many listed buildings. Abingdon has claim to be the oldest town in England. Abingdon was situated in the county of Berkshire, but under  local government re-organisation in 1974 it was transferred to Oxfordshire. St. Helen's Street, Abingdon-on-Thames with the parish church of St. Helen's in the distance. This street is one of the oldest in the town, with many listed buildings. Abingdon has claim to be the oldest town in England. Abingdon was situated in the county of Berkshire, but under local government re-organisation in 1974 it was transferred to Oxfordshire.