Famed some years back for being home to many a Cotswold celebrity, Chipping Norton is so much more than that. It is one of the larger towns in the Cotswolds and with a High Street full of wonderful shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes, a visit to Chipping Norton and surrounding areas will be great for any visitor.
Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire, situated on the western slopes of a hillside that was once the site of a Norman castle. 'Chipping' is derived from ceapen, an old English word meaning market. Alternatively the meaning comes from the medieval word 'Chepynge' meaning long Market Square as will also be found at Chipping Campden and Chipping Sodbury. There has been a market here since the 13th century and it was a major wool-trading town in the 15th century; the great 'wool' church of St Mary, built in Perpendicular style, testifies to its prosperity. The church has one of the finest interiors among the great Cotswold churches.
The lively little town has a vibrancy about it, but remains unpretentious and the everyday lives of those who live and work there have so far not been overshadowed by the effects of tourism - in other words its a 'real' Cotswold town with 'real' shops and fondly known as 'Chippy' to the locals. It is also known, importantly, for having the last fish and chip shop for 30 miles in the Cheltenham direction ... and very good it is too!