Celebrating 800 years of town history

Faringdon Junior School pupils, pictured with their teacher Stefania Caddick-Adams, mayor Dr Mike Wise and town crier Sjoerd Vogt. Picture: Bethia Thomas

These Faringdon schoolchildren enjoyed a birthday party like no other as they celebrated their town’s 800th birthday.

The Faringdon Junior School pupils posed for pictures with teacher Stefania Caddick-Adams, mayor Dr Mike Wise and town crier Sjoerd Vogt at a market party last week.

The special edition farmers market, which featured extra stalls and live entertainment, kicked off a year of celebrations marking exactly eight centuries since King John granted Faringdon its market charter in the year 1218.

Faringdon Town Council business co-ordinator Karen Roberts told us: “The 800th anniversary market created a great atmosphere in the town of Faringdon and we look forward to our medieval market on Saturday.”

Faringdon was granted a weekly market in 1218, and was initially called Chipping Faringdon. The weekly market is still held today.

The town was granted Fairtrade Town status in 2004, becoming the first town of its kind in South East England.

The medieval-themed market will be held in the Market Square, and the town council has promised ‘a wide variety of stalls and entertainment’.

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