Ferndale Street

Faringdon Streets FerndaleFerndale Street formally known as Back Street and then Union Street was literally a ‘back street’ to London Street. It became known as ‘Union Street’ after 1801 when The Faringdon Poor Law Union, commonly known as the Workhouse was built. That was demolished in 1968 to be replaced with the Lansdown Road Estate and Brackendale Sheltered Housing. About the same time, a link road called Hart Avenue was built to link Ferndale Street to Bromsgrove. It was hoped that this would help alleviate traffic flow through the town centre before the bypass was built.

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

Views of Ferndale Street

Ferndale Street E1 1993
1993. Looking east from the junction with Southampton Street (left) and Hart Avenue (behind). On corner #1, **Raymond Hutt’s house.
Ferndale Street S1 C1994
1994/95. House on the opposite corner with Southampton Street, which is now closed to traffic.
Ferndale Street E2 C1994
1994/95. A bit further up by the old stone wall in the first photo. The turning on the left is Normandy Court
Ferndale Street E3 1993
1993. Much further up towards the Stanford Road at the junction with Lansdown Road (on right).
Ferndale Street W1 1993
1993. Looking back towards Southampton Street. The Baker’s Arms is on the right; now a private house.
Ferndale Street 1953
1953. At the entrance to Ferndale Street from the Stanford Road.

** Raymond Hutt donated his verbose photographic tour in and around Faringdon to the society: Hutt Collection 1953

Ferndale Street Grocers C1930sc.1930’s Annie Dixey outside her shop, the boy is thought to be ‘Stoker’ Edgington. The shop was in front of the Workhouse on Union Street, once Back Street and now Ferndale Street. Later on the Dixey family ran a café as well as the shop. Frederick Dixey used the Workhouse gardens to grow vegetables which he sold in the shop. They had four sons, one dying at a young age, and two daughters. Mrs Dixey died in 1943.

The following shops/businesses were advertised in Union Street, Faringdon in the year stated:

BAKER J., general house decorator, Union St, 1919.

Ferndale St Baker Advert 1919

Researched by Ian Lee, February 2020.