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Faringdon Folly & Diary Dec 2016

Death of Mr T W Craddock, Manor Farm

Death of Mr T W Craddock, Manor Farm
Faringdon Advertiser, 12/2/1921

Sale of The Capital Farm

The Capital Farm, Mr Robert Pike
Faringdon Advertiser, 18/7/1908

Sale of Home Farm

Home Farm Sale, Mr William Parker
Faringdon Advertiser, 5/8/1916

Pusey Estate Sale

Pusey Estate Sale
Faringdon Advertiser, 15/8/1908

Charney Bassett Novices Chase 5 March 1996

Novices Chase 5 March 1996

Emily Hayden’s 100th Birthday

Emily Hayden (picture)
Emily Hayden (text)




RSPCA fund raising

Play ‘n’ Pray

Play ‘n’ Pray

The Smithy and The Chequers

The Smithy and The Chequers

The Chequers for ‘Sale’

For Lease 2007
For Lease 2012

Sale of Rectory Farm, Sept 24th 1940

Sale of Rectory Farm 24th Sept 1940

Charney Chatter

Charney Chatter Starts

The Bench

and John has since made an Oak replacement bench in 2017 replacing the elm one which lasted 14 years.

The (Faringdon) Archery Club

The Archery Club 1962

1962: Faringdon was set to be put on the map by one of its youngest organisations – the Archery Club. The club was started in 1961 and now hoped to host the National Archery Championships at Charney Bassett where the club holds its outdoor shoots. The club had about 30 members.

Swindon Advertiser ‘ON THIS DAY: Friday, February 16 2018’

From the papers of Vic Hodgkins [courtesy of Rachel Townsend-Green (Née Hodgkins)]

Unimportant Charney


Sir, – The war, even though it has been a grim and lasting business, has some consolations, and one of these, I am sure, is our wider view of life. In some cases a keen interest have been aroused in subjects which before seemed to be of no importance, or of no personal concern to us.

One thing which should be of a concern to every individual, and I feel, will be of greater interest to a lot of us who have had a little opportunity to see for ourselves and realise how valuable it is. is our democratic way of life. Great strides have already been taken in our country during this war of which we as Britains are justly proud, and I, as a Berkshire man, have I followed in this paper and others the noble way in which my county is tackling, and sometimes taking the lead in, some of the major post-war issues. But as a citizen of the Faringdon rural district, and who – for a certain length of time. at least will be obliged to return to reside at my present home in Charney Bassett, which incidentally is more than 50 per cent. -the property of the County Council, I am very far from proud or satisfied.

While I do appreciate all the difficulties caused by the war, both now and in the years immediately following the cecsation of hostilities, I have hoped for a long time to find somewhere in your columns that the Councillor for this apparently forgotten village, who I believe happens to be a lady. had at last remembered it and spoken out on its behalf. But silence continue to reign.

And, so as far as Faringdon Rural District Council are concerned it appears that Charney Bassett is to remain a village without any sanitation or drainage and solely dependant on oil for lighting etc., as the Electricity Company have never been encouraged to bring their, power any nearer than 2 ½ miles.

Although the Council are now in possession of an adequate water system, the extetion of it to it to Charney seems to be an impossibility, as the matter, as far as seems to have been made public, has never even been proposed let alone reiected. It will be a distance of only three or four mile away when the supply to Longworth is completed.

All this is without mentioning the national topic of housing. Nothing has been done in this direction, to my knowledge for the past quarter of a century, and goodness knows how long before that!

So I hope the Rural District Council, and particularly the representative of the peaceful parish of Charney Bassett will realise that a lot of the younger generation have successfully taken -part in a victorious fight, and when we return some of us are going to be willing to take on a new fight for the service and betterment of our community. -Yours, etc..

“IDEALIST,” H.M. Forces.

Parish Council (re)starts 1955 (?)
Inspection of Charney (?) Sewage Plant 1960

Gymkhana 1967

Gymkhana: Reading Evening Post – Monday 07 August 1967

The Horn Inn

Faringdon Advertiser, Saturday 2nd September 1865


Petty Sessions, Tuesday – Present, Viscount Barrington, Hon. G. W. Barrington, and T. L. Goodlake and G. Murray, Esqrs. – The licences of the several public houses in the division were renewed, and there were two applications for new ones. The first was by Mrs. Charlotte Woodbridge, for the “Horns” at Charney, which was granted. Mr. Haines supported the application, Mr. Ormond, of Wantage, opposed. ….

Faringdon Advertiser Petty Sessions 2nd July 1901: Eliza King

Eliza King, granted the transfer of the licence of The Horn.

Faringdon Advertiser 10/9/1910: Sudden Death

Inquest at The Horn.

Faringdon Advertiser 12th July 1913: Wilful Damage

Wilful damage to window of The Horn

Faringdon Advertiser 6th March 1920: Alteration Plans

Faringdon Advertiser 6th March 1920: Alteration Plans

Wantage Brewery Co proposed plans for alterations to The Horn

Oxford Journal – Saturday 19 March 1757

Oxford Journal – Saturday 19 March 1757
We hear, that Powney, Esq; and Anthony Keck, Esq; of Charney, near Abingdon in Berkshire, intend to offer themselves Candidates for Verdurer of Windsor Forest, in the room of Penyston Powney, Esq; deceased.

Oxford Journal Saturday 16 May 1789

Oxford Journal Saturday 16 May 1789

TAKEN up, at Longworth Lodge, near Kingston Inn, Berks, on Thursday the 7th of this Instant May, A Bay GELDING, the Nag Kind, with four white Heels and a cut Tail, rather stiff in the fore Legs, about fourteen Hands and a Half high, new shod, marked F W. The Owner of the above Gelding may have him again, on paying the Expences, by applying to Mr. Thomas WOODBRIDGE, Charney.