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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. Church Street leads to the Radcot Road for access to the north. At the far 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 the area in front of All Saints Church c.1900s:

Church Street East C1910
c.1910. Looking up Church Street. All Saints Church on the left. Salutation Hotel built 1869 on the right.
Cattle Market2 1904
1904. Same scene on a Tuesday in May with the cattle market in progress..
Church Street Salutation C1900s
c.1900s. Cattle for market tied up outside the Salutation Hotel.

Church Street Salutation C1898c.1880s. Salutation Hotel, Church Street. The building was built in 1869 on the site of a monks’ lodging house, which dated from when the Cistercian Order was given the Manor of Faringdon by King John in 1203. It is thought to be the site of a hunting lodge used by King Alfred the Great and his son Edward the Elder who succeeded him in 901. This was a coaching inn, the entrance visible in the middle of the picture. The coach and horses used to go through the entrance into a yard and then exit into the Market Place between the old houses that used to be on the corner. In the 1890s, the hotel was extended by taking over and rebuilding the old house on the corner that had been occupied by Mr R. Pettifer, the builder. The hotel required numerous staff to run it and here are some of them photographed with mein host. The landlord is dressed in a frock coat and his wife is next to him holding a dog in her arms. The left-hand side of the hotel was later a doctors’ surgery.

Views of Church Street in the 1950s-90s

Faringdon House Gates
Tucked in the corner to the left of the church are the main gates to Faringdon House. Once the main road to Radcot, Burford and the north before being relocated to its current position.
Faringdon House 1984
Faringdon House taken looking north from the top of the church tower.
All Saints Church 2022
2022 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.
Church St Vicarage 1978
1978. The old vicarage on the corner of Swan Lane before it was renovated. Salutation Hotel is on right.
Church Street Swan Lane C1994
c.1994/95. Looking back to 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 Street Garage 1980s
1987. All Saints Service Station on the corner with Swan Lane before it was demolished to build Eastfield Court.
Church Street Eastfield Court C1988
1988. The building of Eastfield Court (sheltered housing) on the site of the demolished All Saints Service Station.
Church Street Eastfield Court C1994
c.1994/95. Back garden of Eastfield Court.
Church Street 20 14 1987
1987. Church Street #20-14, taken from in front of the church, looking away from town. On the right is All Saints Service Station before it was demolished.
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 1 3 1982
1982. Looking back, 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
Looking down Radcot Road into the valley of the River Thames. The Cotswold Hills can be seen on the horizon to the north.

Church Street 20 14 19821953. Church Street #20-14 looking back towards town from the corner with Radcot Road. The corner of the converted old stables #3 can just be seen on right of photo. The archway on the left leads into the yard belonging to Mr Lister, a builder. The previous owners were Cadel’s the builders who were responsible for erecting much of the Marlborough Gardens Estate. Next to the archway is the gable end of #20, which was originally the Church Farm House. The  entrance to the front of the buildings (shown below) is the white gate in the garden wall further down. Next are #18 Tudor Cottage, #16 Mole Cottage, and past the telegraph pole is #14 whose entrance is around the far side of the building.

Church Street 20 20002000. Through the white gate in the garden wall shown above is the Church Farmhouse and Church Farm Cottage at #20. It was used as a school for 7-13 year olds from 1938-52. Known as Church Farm House School it was run by a very strict Miss Downs and a very musical Miss Sims. It was part boarding and part day pupils. One ex-pupil says it was boys only but other ex-pupils say it was mixed. There were dormitories at Church Farm House but also at Romney House (19 Gloucester Street). More…

Church Street 34 22 1982Church Street 34 30 19821982. The last houses on Church Street, #34-22 looking south from just down the hill on the Radcot Road. The tall brick building #34 on the left in both photos is Bleak House, once a cheese warehouse. Next door to Bleak House was originally the coach house and stable for the adjacent house #30 called The Grove. This building was built for and occupied 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 then used by Dr Pulling for his drugs and medicines. Susan Hampshire, the actress, stayed in the top flat for holidays as an infant. The second photo shows a closer view of #34-30 at the end of Church Street. Coach Lane turns off to the right at the corner of Bleak House, opposite the old fire engine shed.

Church St Fire Engine Shed 19851985. The old Faringdon Fire Engine Shed at the end of Church Street on the junction with Church Path and Coach Lane. It has been there since before 1876. In 1903, the equipment was moved to its new home in the Market Hall, along with the town ambulance. The building, which is owned by Faringdon House Estate, was still there for this photo in 1985 and is still there now in 2021. The road now continues onwards, but under the name of Church Path.

Church Path C19941994. On Church Path looking back 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. It was one of the old corpse roads used for bringing the dead to Faringdon for burial when there was no licensed ground in Littleworth.


Trade Adverts in Local Media

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

The following traders were listed in the Directory & Gazetteer of Oxon, Berks & Bucks (Dutton, Allen & Co. 1863):

Cadel James jun., parish clerk, Church Street
Cadel James and Son, builders and undertakers, Church Street
Crowdy George Frederick,” solicitor, clerk to the magistrates, registrar of county court, commissioner to administer oaths in chancery, perpetual commissioner and agent to the Sun Fire and Life Insurance”, Church Street
Gerring Richard, farmer, Church Street
Knapp Richard, printer, Church Street
Looker Richard, carpenter, Church Street
Maskelyne Henry, surgeon, Church Street
Newman Richard, gardener, Church Street
Pike Charlotte (Mrs), Salutation Inn, Church Street
Spackman Frederick Charles, surgeon, Church Street
Tarrant George, land steward to D. Bennett esq., Church Street

Media Key: FA = Faringdon Advertiser; FDS = Faringdon Dramatic Society; FV = Faringdon Venture; FF = Faringdon Folly; DG = Directory & Gazetteer of Oxon, Berks & Bucks (Dutton, Allen & Co. 1863)

Church St Allsaints Advert 1984Church St Hughes Advert 1927


Reference:

The Changing Faces of Faringdon and Surrounding Villages – Bk1 p9,10,20,67. By Rosemary Church, Jim Brown, Millie Bryan and Beryl Newman. Robert Boyd Publications. Now out of print.

Researched by Ian Lee, January 2020.


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