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Faringdon Town Oxfordshire

About Faringdon

Welcome to the Faringdon edition of The Oxford Magazine.

An adorable historic market town 18 miles southwest of Oxford, at the edge of the Cotswolds midway between Oxford and Swindon, Faringdon has much more going for it than you might expect for settlement of this size.

In the centre, the Town Hall is the standout sight, dating to the 1600s and still a cornerstone of daily life. The town was granted a charter for a weekly market in 1218 by King Henry III; a weekly market that is still held today.

For all its serenity today, Faringdon Hill (Folly Hill to some) to the east has seen some big events, like the 12th-century battles in the succession crisis known as “The Anarchy”, and the 17th-century English Civil War when the Republicans had a fortress.

Today, the hill is topped with a 43-metre-high folly built on a whim for Lord Berners in 1935. It boasts a neo-gothic design and great views of the Vale of the White Horse and across the five counties.

Venture further out of town and you’ll find the 14th-century Great Coxwell Barn, and the Uffington White Horse, a chalk hill figure fashioned some 3,000 years ago.


Local news & stories

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Route revealed for Oxfordshire stage of Women’s Tour cycling race.
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Route revealed for Oxfordshire stage of Women’s Tour cycling race

Residents between Chipping Norton, Carterton, Faringdon, Didcot and Oxford will be able to cheer on the elit riders when this year’s cycling race comes to Oxfordshire on Saturday, 11 June.
Kelmscott Manor to reopen following major refurbishment project
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Kelmscott Manor to reopen following major refurbishment project

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New war memorial to be unveiled in Fernham village
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New war memorial to be unveiled in Fernham village

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Council leaders issue statement to mark World Homelessness Day on 10 October
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Council leaders issue statement to mark World Homelessness Day on 10 October

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District councils make their revised management structure permanent
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District councils make their revised management structure permanent

The decision formalises the structure that has been operating successfully at the councils for many months, and it demonstrates a strong commitment to working in partnership with others.
Oxfordshire Libraries announces annual short story competition 2021
/ Culture

Oxfordshire Libraries announces annual short story competition for 2021

The winner from each of the three categories will see their short story published as an e-book; available via the library website to be borrowed and read across Oxfordshire.
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/ Home & Garden

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/ Food & Drink

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