Shops & Businesses in the Market Place (2)

Market Place MapMore photographs and information about the shops and other businesses in Faringdon Market Place. 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 adjacent map.

An occupational history of each premises, as far as is known, can be found on the ‘Shops & Businesses in the Market Place (1)‘ page. There is also a ‘Market Place Street Views‘ page that contains general information about the Market Place and may contain further details on the premises shown in the photographs, and a page specifically about ‘Faringdon Market‘.

Faringdon Market Place in the 1900s

Market Place 1 2 1994
#1-2. 1994 Faringdon Hotel now Salutation Mansions( private apartments) and Crowdy & Rose Solicitors.
Market Place 3 4 C1970
#3-4. c1970 Pat Thomas, butcher; A. E. Lismore, hardware
Market Place 3 4 1990s
#3-4. 1990s Pat Thomas, butcher; Breath of Spring, florist; whole foods.
Market Place 4 5 1995
#4-6. 1995 The Portwell right foreground, #4 Breath Of Spring & Health Food Shop; #5 Community Centre (with steps); Faringdon Restaurant, used to be Sinclairs Restaurant.
Market Place 6 C1970
#6. c1970 Olivia Palmer (hairdresser) + The Buttery (cafe)
Market Place 6 1983
#6. 1983 Sinclair’s Restaurant
Market Place 6 2001
#6. 2001 Market Restaurant
Market Place 7 C1970
#7. c1970 C.S.Liddiard, qrocer 1880’s-c1970
Market Place 6 8 2001
#6-8. 2001 Market Restaurant; Tourist Information Centre 2000-2005; Lloyds Bank 1897-2018
Market Place 7 9 1994
#7-9. 1994 The Clothes Shop; Lloyds Bank; Marriotts Chartered Surveyors.
Faringdon Market Place 9 1962
#9. 1962. To the right of Lloyds Bank then was Duringer’s Confectionery.
Market Place 9 10 C1990s
#9-10. c1990s Pilgrim Bond, estate agent; Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society, on the corner of London Street.
Market Place 11 12 C1992
#11-12. c1992 Across the road at the bottom of London Street and to the left of the Bell Hotel is what used to be Morton’s general store. Now recently split during the late 1980’s into Faringdon Travel and Gingers Music & Videos.
Market Place 11 12 1994
#11-12. 1994 Faringdon Travel still there but soon to become a fast-food shop. Gingers has now become Ritz Video Film Hire and very soon to become Blockbuster Video.
Bell Hotel 1995
#13. 1995 The Bell Hotel. A hospice in the 12th and 13th Centuries. It was re-fronted in the late 17th Century when it was a famous coaching inn with stables at the back.

Market Place#18 1912Market Place 16 1970s1912 & 1970s#16. The Anns family had been, since at least 1824, ironmongers, gun retailers and repairers in London Street. At the arrival of the car they set up a garage at #16 Market Place. Following this they bought Mr Newman’s blacksmiths shop #22 across the road. Left to right Harry Robins, head mechanic; Edgar Argent, apprentice. Between 1950s-1970s the shop was split into two, with Langham’s (greengrocers) on the left and Hobbs & Chambers (estate agents) to the right.

Market Place#18 1920Market Place 18 C1960sMarket Place 18 C1970s

c1920, 1960s & 1970s#18 Mr Harry Abel outside his watchmaker and jewellery shop. Abel Bros had owned a shop in the Market Place from at least 1877. It was taken over by Leverton & Sons who also had a radio & TV shop up the road in the Cornmarket. During the 1970s it became Deacon & Sons. It remained a jewellers’ shop throughout and the frontage has remained largely unchanged until its closure in 2018. It has now been vacant for some time.

Market Place C1950sMarket Place 19 C1970sPossibly 1940-70s. The original frontage of #19 Market Place, which was originally part of Eagle Brewery and at this time Ferguson’s Wine & Spirit Merchants. On the left is #18, which was Leverton’s Jewellers at this time. In 1963 the frontage was extensively damaged when an articulated lorry went out of control and hit the building. Customers had to be served through a window as the doorway had to be boarded up as it was in danger of collapsing. The building appears to be an early 17th C. barn-type construction with an early window in the east gable covered by the jeweller’s premises. Also, as the roof of the jeweller’s shop rests on a tree trunk inserted into the east gable wall, it is likely that it is of a later period.

Market Place 17 19 C1970sc1970s#17 Ballard & Co (chemists) 1949-70s, now Boots. #18 Deacon & Sons (jewellers). Next door, the rather old Ferguson’s building at #19 shown above has now been renovated and taken over by ‘Togs & Toys’. By 2000 it was split into two smaller shops – ‘Mustard Seed’ and ‘Rob the Cheese’.

Market Place 21 1940s1940’s. Across the junction with Marlborough Street. #21 The International Stores in the Narrows after moving from #4 Corn Market.

Faringdon Market Place 22 23 C1908c1908 – On the left is #22, dated 1645, then run by Joseph Newman, blacksmith, who had been here from at least 1877. His forge was at the rear of the house and horses had to be taken through the passageway on the right. This premises was demolished and rebuilt as a garage by the Anns family in 1910. On the right is #23 Taylor’s, a greengrocer’s, and a member of the fishmonger and butcher family. The large board, by the window, is covered in photographs taken by Mr E. Haworth of Gloucester Street, Faringdon’s leading photographer. The door on the right has a harness maker’s sign over it.

Market Place#23 1930Market Place 24 C1970Market Place 23 24 1995Market Place 23 C2000

Market Place 24 1994First photo, early 1930s#23 now taken over by R.A. Robey, who sold vegetables and dairy produce. The shop was taken over by Jane’s Pantry during WWII and stayed until the 1960s. Next door, #24 with the awning was built in the 1600’s, occupant unknown. Second photo c1970#24 Burgess (saddler). Last two photos above 1995 & 2000#23 became Restaurante Franco, Herbs Restaurant, then Sadlers Catering since around 2014 and #24 became S&J.M Cooper (Sadler) until 2003. It has now been The Sadlers (coffee shop/curiosities) since around 2014. Next door is The Old Crown Coaching Inn as it is now called.

Crown Hotel 1994Portwell House Hotel 1994Camden House 19941994 The Crown Hotel a Grade 2 listed, 16C coaching inn, re-fronted in Georgian times. This was the chief inn in Faringdon as far back as 1681. Then as we round the corner and head up Church Street there is the Portwell House Hotel, and Camden House. Compare the architecture with the buildings on the opposite side of the street shown in the first photo at top of this page.