A historical record of shops and other businesses in
London Street. 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, especially those furthest from the town centre.
The photographs below were taken in the year 2000 by a group of local residents. Beneath each one is a simple historical list of known occupants up to the present time 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 map.
London Street – odd numbers – west to east from the Market Place:
#1. Private house (door – last opening on right) #3. T.Yates & Son (cycles) 1914; John Rogers (cycles) 1919, 1925; Rigden’s Stores (cycles, prams, toys) 1931; Geary (cycles); Huxley’s of Faringdon (toys, cycles, sports) 1934,1949-c1970s; Star Electric Co – F.T. Morton (toys, cycles, electrical repairs) 1966; Davis (toyshop and bikes); #3a. Allen & Harris (estate agents) 1978; Cariad Wedding Shop 2014; Faringdon Pharmacy 2016 #3b. Faringdon Travel 1973; Curtains Plus 1996; Embers Interiors; Cariad Bride; County Cleaners 2012; Mrs Jacksons 2014; @Keelys Nails & Beauty 2018 #5. The Wheatsheaf (public house) #7. Mc Donalds; Baxters (butchers) c1970; Boffin & Gill (butchers) 1977-c95+; Rainbow Fish and Chips 2000 #9. Geary’s (bicycles & motor parts) c1970; Shefford’s Bakery c1984-2020+ #11. Jamieson (taylors) 1930; Southern Electricity Board Showroom 1970-c95+; South Bar (insurance) 1985; Phoenix Electrical 2000; Bloomfields Gift Shop 2002; Mandy’s pet supplies; Too Many Cooks 2012; Hare in the Woods 2012; Metropolis 2nd-hand shop 2017; Oxyplumb 2018 #13-15. Comley’s (house furnishings) 1930-1949+; E.J Moynes (ironmongers) 1930-37 & Percy Thomas (furniture) 1937; #13.David Pitt’s Mini Market 1942-73 & #15 Evening Advertiser & Wilts Gazette 1942-72; S.G. Bowler (Builders) Ltd 1972-78; Anne’s Fashion Fabrics 1978; Davis DIY 1987-2010; Piano Gallery 2017 #17. SCOPE (charity shop) 2000; otherwise part of #13-15. (There is also a shop window to left of door.) Crossing over Swan Lane. #19. The Swan (public house); Marlborough Arms; Viceroy Indian Restaurant 1980s #21. Gallery Cottage. Jefferies (hairdresser); I.V. Obourn then D.H.Milward (shoes & ladies’ hairdresser) 1930-60s; Picture Gallery; Private House 2000 #23. Private House #25. Private House #27. Bull Inn; Private House 2000 #29. Giles (fish & chips); Private House (#31-37 may be through that passage way) #39. Private House #41-43. Fletcher (baker) 1937; Private House #59. Pike (sweet shop); Private House Crossing over Coach Lane. #77. Williams (grocers) 1844; Eastoe (grocers) 1900; Greenwood (grocers) 1926; Bedford (grocers) 1929; Blissett (grocers) 1946; Private House 1971. Hill Side, #79. Faringdon Galleries (Old English Furniture) 1972-79; Private house. Chester House, #87. Female School of Industry 1833; Church of England Girls School; private house 1971. London Street – even numbers – east to west back towards the Market Place
Sudbury House Hotel & Conference Centre, #56 London Street. Formerly the home of Dr. Bowles. #54 The Folly Inn 2020. An early C19 listed building. #54 Folly Inn in 2000. #52-50 looks as if it was once a shop or warehouse. #32. Dunraven House. Brushwood Antiques; Private House 2000 #30a. Private House. #30. Star Inn; La Chaise Antique 1972-2000; now Private House #28. Miss Yeates shop; Rendezvous Café; Ming’s Garden 1972; Mayflower (Chinese take-away) #28a. London Central Butcher; Ron Young (barber) 1972; London Street Barbers 2000; Faringdon Pharmacy 2014; Serenity (hair salon) 2018 #26. Private House #24. On the corner with Skinners Lane. H.J.Langham (fruiterer & greengrocer) 1909; A.Allnatt (sweet shop/general stores)1931; Barkers (newsagents) 1984; Private House 2014 #22. Private House #20. Hignell (sweets, toys, ice cream) 1919, 1937+; Seabournes (sweets); Copperfelde Antiques; Private House 2014 #18-16. Langham (greengrocers); Burtwell & Drew (electrical) 1953; Aston Pine Antiques 2000. #18. My Carer Services 2014. #16 Private House 2014 #14-12. Hughes (newsagents) 1910; Sam Burge (saddlers) 1910; Quality Cleaners; The Pet Shop 2000. #14. (gift shop) no name??? 2018. #12. J.Godfrey & Son Funeral Services 2018 #10. Chamberlain & Sons (high-class grocers) 1910; Frontage moved back 1938; Gilletts Co-op 1970’s; Fergusons (wine); Peter Dominic (off licence) 1984-87+; Threshers Wine Shop 2000; The iCafe 2013; Kwiksave 2014; Faringdon Furnishings 2018 #8. Anns (ironmongers & gun repairers) 1824; Booker Clerk; The New Valet Service (cleaners) 1970; Pure Me 2011; Uptown fashions 2013; Segais Hairdresser 2014; Gluck Gifts & Homeware 2015; Cobwebs Gothic Furniture 2016; J.Priest & Son 2019. #6. Anns (ironmongers & gun repairers) 1824; Moynes (ironmongers) 1960-87; #6a. Candies (stationary & confectionery) 1996; Segais Hairdresser 2014; Michelle Uzzell 2018 #6. T.P.Thomas (ironmongers); Shenton’s (sweets) 1940-60s; Moynes (ironmongers) 1970-87; #6b? The Pet Shop 1996; Presentations (gifts) 1999; The Gifted Magpie 2014-19. Vacant. #4b. Part of Lukers (newsagents); Faringdon Lifestyle & Mobility; Sandwich Phillers & Diner 2018 #4a. C. Luker & co (newsagent, printer & Faringdon Advertiser producer) 1887-1931; W H Smith (newsagents) c1970; F.B.Wood (newsagents) 1972-87; Faringdon Lifestyle and Mobility + County Cleaners 1996; Davis DIY 2014; London Street Barbers 2017
#2. C.H.Bevan (boot maker) 1895; T.A.Pocock (boot maker) 1902; I.V.Obourn (shoes); Bailey Bros (general) 1936-1960s; J & L. Sims (shoes) 1966-1973+; John Maxwell Hairdresser 1987-94; Stylers (hairdresser) 2016; Lotus Retreat (massage) 2017