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Shipston High Street
Grid reference: SP2540
Location: 52°3’36"N, 1°37’23"W
Population: 4,456  ((2001))
Post town: Shipston-on-Stour
Postcode: CV36
Dialling code: 01608
Local Government
Council: Stratford-on-Avon
Website: Shipston-on-Stour Town Council

Shipston-on-Stour is a town in Worcestershire, in a detached part of that county (within the Oswaldslow Hundred) locally situate in Warwickshire. It stands on banks of the River Stour about 10 miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon. Shipston is in the northern part of the Cotswolds, close to the boundaries with Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Shipston is on the A3400 road between Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford and was once an important staging place for stagecoaches. Many former coaching inns, such as the Coach and Horses,[1] remain in the area of the High Street.


In the 8th century the town is recorded as Scepwæisctune,[2] Old English for "Sheep-wash-Town", as it was once an important sheep market.

The name evolved through Scepwestun in the 11th century, Sipestone, Sepwestun and Schipton in the 13th century and Sepestonon-Sture in the 14th century.[2]

Parish church

The parish church is Saint Edmund. It has a 15th-century tower.[3] The Gothic Revival architect George Edmund Street rebuilt the rest of the church in 1855.[3]

The tower had a ring of five bells until 1695 when they were recast and rehung as a ring of six.[4] Since then all the bells have been recast and rehung from time to time, notably in 1754 and by John Taylor & Co. in 1979.[4]


Following a fall in the demand for local wool, the local economy was in part sustained by the opening in 1836 of a branch line running from the horse-drawn Stratford and Moreton Tramway, built ten years before and linking Moreton-in-Marsh with Stratford. In 1889 the line was upgraded to allow the operation of steam trains from Moreton to Shipston. Passenger services to the town were withdrawn in 1929 and the line closed completely in 1960.

Notable people born in Shipston include the actor Richard Morant and the 19th century archaeologist Francis Haverfield.

Big Society

Shipston Town Band is based in the town.[5]


  • Rugby: Shipston on Stour Rugby Football Club

The Sports Club hosts football,[6] cricket, bowls, and tennis[7] teams.


Visit Shipston-on-Stour Town Council: Shipston Town Council


  • Allen, Geoff (2000). Warwickshire: Towns and Villages (Towns & villages of Britain). Sigma Leisure. ISBN 1-85058-642-X. 
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Wedgwood, Alexandra (1966). The Buildings of England: Warwickshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 395–396. 
  • Victoria County History: A History of the County of Worcester, Volume 3. 1913. pp. 521–524.