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Faringdon

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Faringdon is a market town in the Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire, England, about southwest of Oxford and about northwest of Wantage. It is a large parish, its lowest parts extending to the River Thames in the north and its highest ground reaching the Ridgeway in the south. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.The civil parish is formally called Great Faringdon, to distinguish it from Little Faringdon in West Oxfordshire. The 2011 Census recorded its population as 7,121.On 1 February 2004, Faringdon was granted Fairtrade Town status, becoming the first Fairtrade Town in South East England. Faringdon is the base for the Faringdon Enterprise Gateway, which is run by the South East England Development Agency to help and advise businesses in rural west Oxfordshire.HistoryThe toponym "Faringdon" means "fern covered hill". The Anglo-Saxon kings of Wessex and later England had a palace at Faringdon However, claims that King Edward the Elder died there are incorrect.
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