In the 1900s, houses were mainly strung along the roads in the central area of the town. The triangle from Gravel Walk to Stanford Road was much as it is now although a few buildings have since been demolished and rebuilt. There were also a few houses well spaced further out of town along the exit roads. The gaps were slowly filled in by ribbon developments as the century progressed, especially following each of the world wars up until the 1950s. Strangely though, the total population of around 3000 hardly changed during this time, in fact it dipped a little in the 20s and 30s between the wars. By the 1960’s big national companies started looking at Faringdon and buying up farm land on which to build large housing estates. Also, following the closure of the railway in 1963 industrial developments started to build up along Park Road on the land left behind by the railway.
The following is a list of housing estates grouped into decades in which they were built. They are numbered the same as on the map above on which each decade is colour coded. Both are a rough guide largely based on memory so may not be completely accurate.
Researched by Ian Lee, July 2020.