Church Street

Faringdon Streets ChurchAll Saints Church PortwellChurch Street officially starts at the church and ends at the turning for Coach Lane. Street maps show it starting from the centre of town and heading towards the church (photo) as you would expect but that section has officially become a part of The Market Place. However, it is still sometimes referred to as Church Street or even Portwell, because it is on the Port (public) side of Faringdon and there is a well in the middle of the street. At the other end of Church Street, the road continues as Church Path or Church Walk to Church Path Farm; then as a public footpath past some more farmhouses and on to Littleworth and Buckland.

See Faringdon Streets for an indexed list of all streets in Faringdon.

Views of Church Street in the 18/1900s

Starting on Church Path, heading south-west towards the church:

Church Path C1994
c1994. On Church Path looking towards Bleak House and the old Fire Engine Shed at the end of Church Street. The road continues behind to Church Path Farm then as a public footpath to Littleworth and Buckland.
Church St Fire Engine Shed 1985
1985. The old Faringdon Fire Engine Shed at the end of Church Street on the junction with Church Path and Coach Lane. There since before 1876.

Church Street 34 30 1982 Church Street 34 22 1982

1982. #34-30. At the end of Church Street, Coach Lane turns off to the right opposite the old fire engine shed. The building on the corner is Bleak House, once a cheese warehouse. The second photo shows more of the street, #34-22 looking south from just down the hill on the Radcot Road. Next door to Bleak House was originally the coach house and stable for the adjacent house called The Grove. This building was occupied by by Mr Crowdy, solicitor, and later became Dr Pulling’s surgery. One of the rooms in The Grove had two large cupboards with iron doors (installed during the time of the solicitor’s practice for holding important and private documents. These cupboards were used by Dr Pulling for his drugs and medicines

Church Street 20 14 19821953. Church Street #20-14 looking towards town from the corner with Radcot Road. #20 was the Church Farmhouse. The archway on the left leads into the yard belonging to Mr Lister, a builder. he previous owners were Cadel’s the builders who were responsible for erecting much of the Marlborough Gardens Estate. The corner of the converted old stables #3 is on right of photo.

Church Street 1 3 1982
1982. Turning a little to right, on the corner with Radcot Road, #1-3 converted stables/servants accommodation. The archway was a carriage entrance to the original Faringdon House.
Radcot Road
Turning further to right and looking back down Radcot Road into the valley of the River Thames. The Cotswold Hills can be seen on the horizon.
Church Street 14 20
Looking away from town towards the corner with Radcot Road and the converted old stables #1-3 on the left. Houses #14-20 on right.
Church Street 20 14 1987
1987. Church Street #20-14 again, this time taken from in front of the church, still looking away from town. On the right is All Saints Service Station before it was demolished.
Church Street Garage 1980s
1987. All Saints Service Station on the corner with Swan Lane before it was demolished.
Church Street Eastfield Court C1988
1988. The building of Eastfield Court (sheltered housing) on the site of the demolished All Saints Service Station on the corner with Swan Lane (off photo right).
Church Street Eastfield Court C1994
c1994/95. Back garden of Eastfield Court.
Church Street Swan Lane C1994
c1994/95. At the corner of Eastfield Court on Swan Lane, the old vicarage, and Salutation Hotel. Across the street is Camden House and Church House. The church is off photo right.
Church St Vicarage 1978
1978. Looking back at the old vicarage on the corner of Swan Lane before it was renovated. Salutation Hotel is next on right.
All Saints Church C1989
1989 All Saints Church. Built on the site of earlier buildings of the Saxon and Norman period. Parts date from the 12th &13th Century.
Church Street Aerial
Photo taken looking south from the top of the church tower showing the Salutation Hotel and Church Street continuing into the Market Place.
Faringdon House 1984
Faringdon House taken looking north from the top of the church tower.
Road To Faringdon House C1994
1984/85. Road to left of the church leading from Church Street to Faringdon House.

Views of the area in front of All Saints Church 1898-1910:

Church Street East C1910Cattle Market2 1904Church Street Salutation C1898Church Street Salutation C1900s

The following shops and businesses were advertising as Church Street, Faringdon in the years stated:

All Saints Service Station, Church Street, Petrol, workshop, FV 1972, FDS 1984
Hughes F.R., Church Street, plumber & decorator, FA 1927

Media Key: FA = Faringdon Advertiser; FDS = Faringdon Dramatic Society; FV = Faringdon Venture; FF = Faringdon Folly

Church St Allsaints Advert 1984Church St Hughes Advert 1927

Researched by Ian Lee, January 2020.