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Faringdon Follies

An evening celebrating 800 years of Faringdon's market charter and 70 years of Faringdon Dramatic Society.
13,14,15,16 June 2018
Buscot Theatre, Buscot House, Oxfordshire
Director: Debbie Lock & Carolyn Taylor

Doors open 7:15pm for 7:30pm curtain.
Tickets (includes a drink): £10.
Buscot Park will be open to theatre-goers from 6:30pm. Picnics welcome.
Tickets are available from our Online Box Office. Tickets are available from 'The Gifted Magpie', 6 London Street, Faringdon.


800 years ago, in 1218, Faringdon received its Market Charter, from Henry III, and became a Market Town. 70 years ago, in 1948, Faringdon Dramatic Society was founded.

This year, Faringdon Dramatic Society will present a show to commemorate both occasions, in Lord Faringdon’s beautiful Buscot Park Theatre. There will be short plays, songs, pictures, ballads, etc.

Faerndun was a small Anglo-Saxon settlement when it was named after the dun or dune now called Folly Hill at the side and foot of which it nestles. The name ‘Faerndun’ (possibly pronounced ‘fair-en-doon‘) and meaning ‘fern hill’) first appears written down in 924, around the time when England was being united into a single kingdom. The name has evolved over the years; becoming ‘Ferendone’ (1086), ‘Ferendun’, ‘Farendon’ (1100-1300’s), ‘Faryndon’ (1327) then ‘Faryngdon’ (1501). Conversely, the nearby hamlet of ‘Fernham’ suffered no such corruption.

Faringdon’s Market Charter – On 7th March 1218 during the reign of Henry III, the Shire of Berkshire was ordered to ensure that the market in Ferendun be henceforth held on Mondays. A market was probably held previously on Sundays and it was later changed in 1313 by another royal charter to Tuesdays. Faringdon was transferred from Berkshire to Oxfordshire in 1974.

Faringdon Dramatic Society – Way back in 1948, Bill Reeves ran an evening class which proved popular and developed into ‘Play Reading’ sessions … read more.