The Lechlade Road, one of the roads that made Faringdon the important five-way road junction of the past, starts at the roundabout along Gloucester Street and Gravel Walk. Gloucester Street and Lechlade Road form part of the A417, an ancient trade route from Reading on the River Thames via Wantage and Faringdon to Lechlade, Cirencester and Gloucester.
1982. Lechlade Road at junction with Gravel Walk (left) and Gloucester Street (behind). Aunties Emporium, then private houses, followed by the Duke of Wellington public house (closed 2012), Enterprise Garage (BP sign, demolished 1988) then Faringdon Infant School on the corner of Canada Lane.
1982. Lechlade Road looking back towards the junction with Gloucester Street and Gravel Walk. On left is the entrance to the Quaker Chapel. The large showroom window on the right was originally the site of A.E. Baker & Sons (est. 1907), builders & decorators, blacksmiths, wheelwright, funeral directors, monumental masons, and private chapel of rest. The last blacksmith was Cecil Drew and the last mason was Ken Baker. It became a car showroom, then a pine furniture shop and finally an antique centre, Auntie’s Emporium. The next house is the Llott family home, previously a small sweet shop run by Mrs. Hunt and followed by her daughter Mrs Llott. The Duke of Wellington pub is off photo to the right.