Chipping Norton is a wind-swept market town of western Oxfordshire. It stands is situated high up on a hill and rivals nearby Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire for its weather. These two Cotswold towns are the focus for local shopping, markets, civic and cultural activities. The latter is much more of a tourist destination, with the former being much more locally oriented.
The fine Town Hall overlooks the High Street and market place with streets sloping off according to the local geography. The historic development of the streets becomes apparent whist walking around with market stalls becoming permanent and creating smaller streets and the burgage plots behind the buildings on the High Street. As in other Cotswold towns, the wool trade was also prominent here, leading to the construction of the well-lit St Mary's Church. (Read more)