Historical Spots to Visit in Faringdon

September 24, 2016

Historical Fiction

The market town of Faringdon is found in the county of Oxfordshire, just on the edge of the Thames Valley. The history of Faringdon can be traced to the Anglo-Saxons and its name actually means fern covered hill. The Anglo Saxon king and later the king of England had a palace located in Faringdon. Its weekly market began in 1216 and still continues to this day. 

Faringdon folly is just outside of the town and is on top of Faringdon Hill. This folly was once the site of a hill fort as a ditched defensive ring is still there. The top has several pine trees creating a very visible landmark that can be seen for miles away. It is possible to see Faringdon folly from as far away as the Berkshire Downs, Cotswold Hill and the Vale of White Horse. 

Ashdown house is a 17th century Dutch style house that is famous for its association with the Winter Queen. The interior has many important contemporary paintings and a great staircase. The views from the roof are exceptional and the woods have many lovely walks to be enjoyed. 

An old Iron Age fort can be found at Bradbury Hill camp, just overlooking the Vale of White Horse and the Thames Valley. This is the highest spot in the area, fitting for a fort. This is a very popular spot for hikers and walkers and in the spring many visitors come as the woods are full of bluebells. 

Dragon hill is a man made flatted hill that might have been a religious site, home to a hill fort, or was used to reach White Horse Hill. Many myths are connected to this hill including the thought that The legendary King Arthur’s father is buried under the hill or that St George slayed the dragon at this spot. 

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