Shops & Businesses in Gloucester Street

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Gloucester Street MapDoctor Foster

A historical record of shops and other businesses in Gloucester Street. There are just a few shops and other businesses on this street. Some have closed down permanently at some time and have subsequently been converted into private houses.

Gloucester Street heads west from the town centre of Faringdon. It was once the main road to Gloucester via Lechlade. There are few business premises now on this street and what there was have mostly been converted to private housing or flats.

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.

Gloucester Street in 2000 – odd numbers – east to west away from the Cornmarket:

Gloucester Street#01
#1. Back of the 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.
Gloucester Street#03
#3. Private House. On the left was the entrance to G. Roberts Ltd Farm Supplies, c1983. Now a cul-de-sac called Gloucester Mews.
Gloucester Street#05
#5. Private House.
Gloucester Street#07
#7. Hughes (grocers & sweets); Private House.
Gloucester Street#09
#9. Faringdon Pottery Shop 1978; Private House.
Gloucester Street#19
#19. Romney House formally a private school ‘Redcaps’.
Gloucester Street#19a
#19a. Private House formally part of Romney House.
Gloucester Street#61
#61. Methodist Chapel; Masonic Hall 1971.

Gloucester Street in 2000 – even numbers – west to east towards the Cornmarket:

Gloucester Street#56
#56. Hicks (bakers & grocers). Shop that was attached on the left was removed and building re-roofed to create private house and flats in 1988.
Gloucester Street#38 36
#38-36. Private Houses
Gloucester Street#34 32
#34-32. Private Houses
Gloucester Street#30
#30-28. Price’s motor cycle showroom; Enterprise Garage – demolished. #30 Focus Video Library 1987 (new build); Elms Veterinary Surgery. Now rebuilt again. Faringdon Junior School behind old wall of plot #28 on right.
Gloucester Street#28
#28. Gate to Faringdon Junior School behind, as can be seen in the previous photo. The gate is still there with a new three-storey building (flats?) now to the left.
Gloucester Street#26
#26. Home of Mr Liles the piano tuner; John Maxwell (hairdressers) 1985-87; Private House.
Gloucester Street#24
#24. The Elms – Private House built early to mid 1700’s ; Fee paying school for girls age 9+ 1925; Faringdon County Grammar School for Girls 1944; Comprehensive School 1975/76; Junior School; Private Fats 1-4.
Gloucester Street#22
#22. Formally part of The Elms; now Faringdon Library.
Gloucester Street#20a
#20a?. Elmside – private flats.
Gloucester Street#20
#20. Langhams (greengrocer); Seebic & Co (estate agents later renamed Christopher Bice) 1985.
At the rear: Langhams Yard; N.B. Moore Cars 1987; now Carey Court – private houses.
Gloucester Street#18
#18. Private house
Gloucester Street#16
#16. Private house
Gloucester Street#14
#14. Private house
Gloucester Street#10 12
#12-10. Langford Corn & Seed Merchant 1978; Langford House (private flats) 1995.
Gloucester Street#08
#8?. Gloucester House – Cistercian monks who had a priory on this site; possibly later a farmhouse. #8. at rear – Kerr (dentist) then P.G.Walker & Associates (dentist)
Gloucester Street#04
#6-4 Site of old farm cottages and barns; Rialto Cinema built 1935; Regent Cinema 1948, a bingo hall from 1969-81. Demolished 1984 to build Regent Mews. Now 3 private houses marked 6, 4a & 4.
Gloucester Street#02
#2. The Volunteer Inn built mid 1700’s, closed 2018. Vacant 2019