Faringdon Market PlaceOxfordshire
Faringdon Market Place
The historic market town of Faringdon was given it’s charter in 1218 by King Henry III the weekly market exists to this day.
The Egyptian statue (bottom right) can be seen from the Radcot road, was once in the gardens of Crystal Palace. In 1957 it was bought at auction and placed in the grounds of Faringdon House by Robert Heber-Percy, heir and former partner of Lord Berners. The statue depicts Africa embracing Egypt.
All Saint’s Church overlooks the Market Square, its squat tower still missing its steeple, which was destroyed during the Civil War.
A weekly market is held on Tuesdays in the Market Square (8.30am-1.00pm). Each Friday an indoor Country Market takes place in the Corn Exchange.
Faringdon Farmers’ Market is held on the first Tuesday, with a Saturday Market on the third weekend of every month.
Saturday markets are often themed, referencing the season or events running if the town.
Charity Market in February.
May sees the Blackbird Day Market, when market goers can sample some blackbird pie.
Young Traders’ Market in July.
Lord Berners’ birthday is marked in September.
Celebration of locally grown apples in October.
Christmas Markets are held at the annual Christmas Light Switch-on with another a few days before Christmas Day.
Faringdon Market Place
Open all year
and Tourist Information Centre
The Pump House
5 Market Place, Faringdon
Oxfordshire SN7 7HL
2 hours FREE parking
Something for the kids!
Faringdon FUN (Frivolously Unnecessary Notices) Trail
There are a number of silly signs (or Frivolously Unnecessary Notices (FUN) as some call them), placed on a number of buildings in and around Faringdon Market Place. Over the years some of signs were lost due to being plastered or painted over, but all have now been revealed and restored. It is believed that the twelve signs were originally put up at the instigation of Lord Berners in 1935.
Independent Shops in Faringdon
Little Dutch Shop
Interesting gifts and curios
Crafters Emporium – Faringdon
Supporting handmade products by small UK businesses
Pat Thomas Butchers
Locally sourced meat & poultry
The Mustard Seed
A comprehensive selection of Fairtrade foods and fairly traded crafts
Wedding and engagement rings, gifts, gold, silverware, jewellery, repairs, valuations and gem testing
Independent piano specialist with over 20 years of experience in the retail of fine acoustic pianos
Antique pine and architectural salvage
Oxford Architectural Antiques
A large assortment of antique furniture as well as a diverse collection of architectural salvage
Antiques and pine
The London Street Barbers
Quality gents hairdressing
The Turkish Barber
Faringdon Hair & Beauty Company
V.I.P. Hair and Beauty Studio
Hair and beauty treatments
More than just a sandwiches
Fresh bread, cakes and sandwiches made to order
Lush Looking Cakes
Beautiful cakes for special occasions
Making coffee an experience
As they say – Every little helps!
McColls Newsagent & Post Office
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN FARINGDON…
There’s plenty to do on a visit to Faringdon, here’s a few suggestions.
Dragon Hill, Uffington Castle & The Manger Dragon Hill is a natural hill, flattened by man, that may once have been connected to White Horse Hill. It could have been the site of a fort commanding access to the hill fort, or a religious site, where rituals of good...
The Cotswold retreat of William Morris Kelmscott Manor Kelmscott Manor was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this 'loveliest haunt of ancient peace'; he signed a...
Ashdown House Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs. This extraordinary building with a dolls'-house appearance nestles in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs, surrounded by woodland. It was built by an Earl, William Craven, as a house fit for the...