Lechlade Road

Faringdon Streets LechladeThe 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.

See Faringdon Streets for an indexed list of all streets in Faringdon.

Views of Lechlade Road in the 1900s

Lechlade Road 19821982. 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.

Lechlade Road2 19821982. 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.

Lechlade Road 1995
1995. Junction of Lechlade Road (left), Gloucester Street (right) and Gravel Walk (behind) The building opposite is #2 Renaissance Hair & Beauty Salon, which was RAC Electrical in 1973. The entrance to #4 the Quaker Chapel is to the left of it.
Lechlade Rd Quaker Chapel 2000
2000. The Friends meeting house or Quaker Chapel at #4 Lechlade Road.
Duke Of Wellington
On the left side of the Lechlade Road, The Duke of Wellington, near the beginning of the road and before the infants school. Closed 2012 and now a private house.
Lechlade Road3 1988
1988. Building on the site of the Enterprise Garage to the right of the Duke of Wellington pub.
Lechlade Road5 1982
1982. Cottages opposite Duke of Wellington just beyond Quaker Meeting House, looking away from town.
Lechlade Road 1910
c1910. Lechlade Road looking back towards the junction with Gloucester Street and Gravel Walk. Duke of Wellington on the right. Blind Alley is between the house and the hedge. The white roof is a carpenter’s workshop with saw pit inside and the black building is blacksmith’s shop – both demolished – now Aunties Emporium.
Lechlade Road3 1982
1982. Further up and looking back, the big tree is in the infant school grounds. Just past Canada Lane, which turns off to the right, is the Enterprise Garage (BP sign), just in front of the Duke of Wellington pub (tall building). The garage was demolished in 1988.
Lechlade Road4 1953
1953 Built in 1872, the British School, which at this time had become Faringdon Primary School on the right, looking back towards the junction with Gloucester Street and Gravel Walk. The small pointed roof on left is the Quaker Meeting House.
Swimming Pool 1994
1994/5. Faringdon Outdoor Swimming Pool in the grounds of Faringdon Junior School was accessible for public use from the Lechlade Road. The pool was closed in September 1997 and was tarmacked over to become a tennis court. A new Leisure Centre had been built behind Faringdon Secondary School in Fernham Road and in 1998 a brand new 25m swimming pool was opened.
Swimming Pool C1957
c1957. The swimming pool shown before was built earlier in the 1950s in the grounds of what was then Faringdon Girls’ Grammar School. Possibly following closure of the old bathing pool opposite Oriel Cottages in Park Road. There was no public pool in the town and in 1972, bus trips were arranged for swimmers to go to Highworth.
Lechlade Road Up 1953
1953. Further out of town, having risen steadily up the valley from the river at Lechlade the road climbs steeply on entry into Faringdon. Behind the wall on the left are the grounds of Faringdon House. Garden allotments are on the right.

Researched by Ian Lee, December 2019.