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Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire

Chipping Norton lies 11 miles north of Burford in one of the least explored areas of the Cotswolds.

The bustling market town of Chipping Norton (known to locals as Chippy) is the highest town in Oxfordshire at approximately 700ft above sea level. Its elevated position gives commading views across traditional English countryside, not least across the valley to Bliss Mill, a landmark dating back to 1872.

Bliss Mill in Chipping Norton  

Like many Cotswold towns, Chipping Norton owes much of its past prosperity to wealthy wool merchants. St Mary's church and the Guildhall are signs of the prosperity of the time.

Today, Chipping Norton is a typical market town with a range of shops, places to eat and drink and The Theatre on Spring Street.

The Chipping Norton town hall has been in existence for over 150 years and at one time was used as the town lock up, with four underground cells.

Chipping Norton was granted a charter in the 12th century by King John to hold a wool fair and Chipping Norton reached its peak some 300 years later, when it acquired most of the stone houses and half-timber-framed coaching inns that now line the market square.

St Mary's Parish Church, paid for by wealthy wool merchants, can be found just below the square in Church Street, past the Alms Houses.

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

It is thought that this church was originally founded at some time in the 12th century and dedicated to St. Nicholas, but changed to St. Thomas a Becket after 1170. The present dedication to St. Mary the Virgin probably took place in the 13th century, which seems to be the date for the first stage of extension to the original church building. Inside the church you can find a chest tomb with alabaster effigies of Elizabeth Rickardes (a Fienned from Broughton Castle near Banbury) and her second husband Thomas Rickardes. More remnants of Chipping Norton's history can be found in the Chipping Norton Museum at the top of the square above the Westgate Centre.

Parish church of St Mary the Virgin in Chipping Norton

Alms Houses on Church Street, Chipping Norton

Alms Houses on Church Street in Chipping Norton

The Rollright Stones

Near Chipping Norton you will find the 3500 year old Rollright Stones.
The Rollright Stones are the third most important stone circle in the country, after Stonehenge and Avebury (both in Wiltshire).

The Rollright Stones consist of a circle of about 70 stones and is also known as the King's Men, while another five across a field are known as the Whispering Knights. On the other side of the road is the King Stone.

Chipping Norton Accommodation

The Crown and Cushion Hotel in Chipping Norton  

The Crown and Cushion Hotel, Chipping Norton

The Crown and Cushion Hotel is a Cotswolds Hotel with Leisure and Conference facilities providing Accommodation in Chipping Norton and ideal for Cotswolds Holidays and Short Breaks. The Hotel is situated in Chipping Norton at the heart of the Cotswolds countryside in Oxfordshire. Originally a 15th-Century Coaching Inn, its traditions of hospitality and hostelry date back to 1497.


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Cotswolds towns and villages

Bibury   Home to the famous and picturesque Arlington Row
Bourton on the Water   Bourton on the Water is sometimes known as "The Venice of the Cotswolds"
Broadway   One of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds, and probably England
Burford   Burford is a beautiful town on the river Windrush
Chipping Campden   An historic town with impressive buildings such as one of the finest wool churches
Chipping Norton   The highest town in Oxfordshire and sometimes known as "The Gateway To The Cotswolds"
Cirencester   One of the oldest and most beautiful market towns in the country
Fairford   Gloucestershire town, probably most famous for being the home of RAF Fairford
Lechlade   Lechlade is a small market town on the southern borders of the Cotswolds
Moreton in Marsh   Moreton-in-Marsh is in the heart of the Cotswolds, located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley<
Nailsworth   Situated about 4 miles from Stroud, Nailsworth is a charming town with winding streets and a plentiful supply of nooks and crannies to explore
Northleach   A charming, under-developed Cotswold village
South Cerney   One of the largest villages in the Cotswolds
Stow-on-the-Wold   Stands along the old Roman Fosse Way on a 700 foot high hill
Stroud   The oldest market town in Gloucestershire
Tetbury   A centre for antique shops and home to The Market House built in 1655
Westonbirt   Home to the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum
Witney   Famous for Witney blankets
Woodstock   Home to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill

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