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Faringdon Town Information

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Farringdon Folly - Photo © Neil Hanson
Farringdon Folly - Photo: Neil Hanson CCL

This historic town has a sloping market place and lies in the Vale of the White Horse.

It was the first capital of Wessex, where Alfred the Great ruled his kingdom for a time.

In 1216 King John gave the town a charter for a weekly market, which still exists.

Close to the centre of the town is Folly Hill and a 20th century brick tower from which there are fine views.

The folly was built by Lord Berners who lived at 18th century Faringdon House.

The town hall, surrounded by Georgian-fronted buildings, dates to the 17th century.

Within the Vale of the White Horse is the 2,500-year-old Iron Age camp of Uffington Castle and the ancient ‘White Horse’ figure carved into the chalk hillside.