Shops & Businesses in London Street (2)

London Street Map

More photographs and information about the shops and other businesses in London Street. The photographs of premises shown here have been scanned in from the original photographs given to the Society over the years and stored in the Society’s archives. The numbers given for each property mentioned correspond as accurately as possible to the postal addresses and are shown on the above map. An occupational history of each premises, as far as is known, can be found on the ‘Shops & Businesses in London Street (1)‘  page. There is also a ‘London Street Views‘ page that contains general information about the street and may contain further details on the premises shown in the photographs.

London Street (odd numbers) in the 18/1900s


London Street 3 C1970
c1970. #3 Huxley’s of Faringdon (toys, cycles, sports) there since 1949
London Street 7 C1970
c1970. #7 Baxters (butchers) before the Boffins took over in 1977.
London Street 7 9 C1970
c1970. #9 W.Geary’s (bicycles & motor parts). Looks derelict here. Shefford’s Bakery moved in next.
London Street 11 C1970
c1970. #11 Southern Electricity Board Showroom.
London Street 13 1950s
1940s-50s #13 David Pitt’s Mini Market.
London Street 13 15 C1970
c1970. #13 David Pitt’s Mini Market since the 1940s. #15 Evening Advertiser & Wilts Gazette.
London Street 13 17
c1990s. #13-17 Davis DIY occupied all three shops here from 1987 until 2010.

London Street Eastoes1910s/20s. Eastoe’s grocery shop #77 at the corner of London Street and Coach Lane. It was bought by Miss Elsie Bedford around 1926. Finally Cecil Blissett bought it around 1946, keeping it as a grocery shop and in due course it became their family home.

London Street (even numbers) in the 18/1900s

London Street 28a C2002
c2002. #28a London Central Butcher; Ron Youngs (barber); London Street Barbers 2000; Faringdon Pharmacy 2014; Serenity (hair salon) 2018
London Street#24 1909
1909. #24 on the corner of London Street and Skinners Alley. Mrs H.J. Langham with her daughter Elizabeth outside the family’s greengrocer shop.
London Street 24 1993
1993. #24 Taken over by Allnatt (sweet shop/general stores) then Barkers (newsagents) around 1984 and a private house since 2014.
London Street 14 10
#14-12 At this time The Pet Shop, #10 Threshers Wine Shop 2010
London Street 10 6 C1970
c1970. #10 Gilletts Co-op (see more below), #8 The New Valet Service (cleaners), #6 Moynes (ironmongers) 1978-87
London Street 4 C1970
c1970. #4 W H Smith (newsagents). #4b looks in use but might be part of Smiths.
London Street 2 C1970
1970. #2 J & L. Sims (shoes) 1966-c1970s
London Street 6 2 C1987
c1987. #6 Moynes (ironmongers) 1978-87, #4a F.B.Wood (newsagents), #4b not in use, #2 John Maxwell Hairdresser.
London Street 4 2 C1990s
c1990s. #4a now County Cleaners and #2 still John Maxwell Hairdresser. The Faringdon Kebab and Pizza house is #11 Market Place.
London Street 4 2 C2000s
c2000s. #4b Sandwich Phillers & Diner-2, #4a still County Cleaners and #2 still John Maxwell Hairdresser. Best Food 2000 on far right can just be seen to be now at #11 Market Place.

London Street#10 19311931. #10 Chamberlain & Son’s grocery store since 1910 (later an off licence) in London Street. Left to right: Arthur Shurmer; Leslie Pauling; Dorothy Bowerman; Betty Willis; Jim Egleton; Ted Newdick; Jack Bryan (his first day at work). This was a very high-class grocer/ the smell of freshly ground coffee would linger in the street tempting customers inside. The shop was rebuilt c.1938 and the frontage moved back to its present position. The Co-op moved here for a short time when their premises in Marlborough Street were demolished to make way for the Police Station and Telephone Exchange.

Skinners Bakery 1914Skinners Bakery 20001914 & 2000. Just around the corner was Skinner’s bakery in Skinners Alley or Lane, formerly called Colliers Row. Mrs Skinner holding her 2 year old son, Norman. Mr Legge, the delivery boy holding the bicycle, was killed in WWI. The National Trust used these premises after the bakery closed and tried to revive the old name of the street, but the Post Office would not recognise it. Note that the shop front says Union Street (now Ferndale Street), which runs parallel to London Street at the other end of the alley. The single floor premises shown in both photos has been demolished and by 2008 became a two-story house.