Visit Faringdon and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Faringdon, Oxfordshire, lying on low hills between the Thames and the Vale of the White Horse, looks almost like a Cotswold town, since many of the buildings are of stone.
Strategically placed, Faringdon has had a very long history. The Anglo-Saxon kings probably once had a palace here. During the l2th-century civil wars there were disturbances here, and during the 17th century Radcote Bridge - 2 miles north and the oldest bridge over the Thames - was fortified against encroaching Parliamentarians. The town was much damaged during this period. The church steeple was knocked off by a cannon-ball, and the unfortunate Sir Robert Pye, who was married to Hampden's sister, was forced to besiege his own father's home, Faringdon House, on Cromwell's behalf.
However, Faringdon House has survived and the present building dates back to 1780. The Market Hall - for Faringdon has always been an important market town - is l7th-century and stands on pillars. The cruciform Church of All Saints is mostly l3th-century in Transitional style, with fine carving on the nave capitals. There are some fine monuments both to the Pye family and to the Untons who lived at Wadley House, 1 mile. east, which still has some old woodwork.
To the north of the town, 266 acres of field and woodland belong to the National Trust, To the east Lord Berner's Folly probably the last built in this country, in the l930s - tops Faringdon Hill and gives marvellous views over the Thames valley.
Coleshill, west of Badbury Hill, is also set high at 400 ft. giving good views. There are some attractive buildings, and Pratt's splendid Coleshill Park burnt down in 1955, once stood here. Shellingford, 3 miles south east, has a limestone church which has been well restored, and contains 17th- and 18th-century monuments as well as some old glass in the east window.
Nearby cities: Swindon
Nearby towns: Abingdon, Bampton, Cirencester, Highworth, Lechlade, Shrivenham, Stanford in the Vale
Nearby villages: Radcot, Coleshill, Great Coxwell, Fernham, Uffington
Have you decided to visit Faringdon or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Faringdon bed and breakfast (a Faringdon B&B or Faringdon b and b)
- a Faringdon guesthouse
- a Faringdon hotel (or motel)
- a Faringdon self-catering establishment, or
- other Faringdon accommodation