A historical record of shops and other businesses in Faringdon Cornmarket. Shops and other businesses have flourished here for many generations and premises have changed ownership many times. Some have closed down permanently at some time and have subsequently been converted into private houses.
The town centre of Faringdon is divided into two separate areas as shown on the map – Market Place (surrounding the Market Hall and extending up Church Street) and Cornmarket (a smaller area in front of the Corn Exchange). On market days the farmers used to sell their corn there, away from the animals in the Market Place, so that their produce would not be interfered with. Later, in the 19th C., the Corn Exchange was built there so that transactions could take place under cover.
The dotted line on the map shows the passage of a brook, which once divided Faringdon into the tithings of Port to the east, and Westbrook to the west. It used to be forded at this point but now passes under the road and shop at #1 Cornmarket on its way north to the lake at Faringdon House.
The photographs below were taken in the year 2000 by a group of local residents *. Beneath each on is a simple historical list of known occupants up to 2020 and the rough dates they were last known to be at the property. The number given for each property corresponds as accurately as possible to the postal address and is shown on the above map. Photographic evidence and further details for some of these premises can be found on the ‘Shops & Businesses in the Corn Market (2)‘ page.