Cotswolds, Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton

A well situated hill-top town affording spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Mentioned in the Domesday Book. The new Market Place was built in 1205 and is today surrounded by elegant houses with Georgian facades. But it was the Wool industry established in the C13 that brought wealth to this corner of Oxfordshire and, like so many before them and after, the wealthy merchants invested their coppers in the C15 ‘Wool’ church in order to guarantee a place in heaven.

Its attraction is that it is very much a small market town responding to the demands of the local populace and is little affected by Cotswold tourism. It is home to some celebrities: Jeremy Clarkson and until his death, Ronnie Barker who ran an antique emporium. The Chipping Norton Set is a close group of powerful politicians and media elite amongst them is included the former Prime Minister David Cameron and his friends, Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, Matthew Freud and Elisabeth Murdoch (daughter of media mogul, Rupert Murdoch). Mop Fair in September.

 

“Special Places" to Visit:  

Almshouses
Bliss Tweed Mill
The Rollright Stones