Shops & Businesses in the Corn Market (1)

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Cornmarket MapA 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.

Faringdon Cornmarket

#1. A brook which divided Faringdon into the tithings of Port to the east, and Westbrook to the west used to be forded at this point. It now passes under the road and this shop. Taylor & Sons (fishmongers & fruiterers) 1910 –  P.R.M.Rogers proprietor 1959; Have I Got Shoes For You 1998; Taylor & Sons (bargain store) 2000; Folly Coffee Shop 2013; Little Big Top 2018-19. Vacant
#2. Shoe shop; Counsell Jewellery 1840s; Abel Jewellers 19??; E. Leverton & Sons (radio & TV service) 1952-1970s; Larkins (electrical shop); The Nut Tree c1980s-2015; Waymark Estate Agents 2017
#3. The Red Lion – 14th century coaching inn. On the left is Brewery Passage, now leading to the town car park.
Crossing the road – #4 (+2 Marlborough St ??). International Stores 1911; Leverton & Sons (outfitters & furniture) 1953-c1970s; Shoe-Saver 1978-94; The Clothes Shop; Faringdon Furniture Co 1998; Beds Direct/Super shop 1998; Authentic Bedstead Company 1999; Faringdon Domestics 2000; Action for Children in Conflict 2014; Acacia UK (charity shop) 2018
Corn Exchange
#5?. Corn Exchange, built on the site of the Green Dragon Coaching Inn. Opened in 1863 as a farmers’ dealing centre for sale of local produce. Rialto Cinema 1919-35; Now used as a cinema and for various other public functions.
Crossing the road – #6. Taylor & Sons (butcher & slaughter house) 1898; Carters (butcher & slaughter house) 1959; Anne Morley (dress shop) 1987, 1994; White Horse Country Wear 1999; Barbers 2014
#7. Yeatman (sweets) 1895; White Bros (hairdressers & tobacconists) 1930’s-72; Haine & Smith (optician) 1987
#8. Robey (dairy); Leeds & Leicester Shoe Company; Wyles Bros (shoes) 1930’s-70’s; Renovated 1982; Peter Edwards & Co (chartered accountants) 1993; Harpers Estate Agent 1994;  Faringdon Cobbler 2014-18; empty 2019
#9. Private House 1930’s.
#10. Yeatman (taylors) 1895-1930’s
#9/10. Chocolate Box (junk shop); Off Licence 1953; Hyslops (optician) 1982; Mustard Seed <1993; Dress shop 1995; G&G Butchers 2000; Lewis Butcher 2013; Raw Planet 2014; Istanbul Barbers 2018


* See Faringdon Shops & Businesses – Introduction for explanations and acknowledgements.

The following advertised in Cornmarket but without a number:

Jillie’s Boutique (latest fashions & accessories) 1972