Pictures of England Pictures of England

Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England

Over 150,000 photos of England
22,000+ members
Click here to join the community

Pictures of Chipping Norton

a Historic Market Town in the county of Oxfordshire

Chipping Norton Church
Take a picture tour of Chipping Norton..

About Chipping Norton

Interestingly, this picturesque Cotswold town had one woollen mill that continued in production right up until 1980. The original Bliss Mill belonged to William Bliss, one of Chipping Norton's great benefactors who was largely responsible for establishing the town as a centre for fine cloth. The present mill, built in 1872 continued to produce Tweed until it closed in 1980. The building was sold and developed into apartments but fortunately the buildings massive stack was retained and is a dominant feature as you enter Chipping Norton from the north.

The town is 'hilly' and at 700ft is the highest town in Oxfordshire. Some of the roads are winding and a little 'higgledy-piggledy' but this all adds to the character and collective charm of the place. Medieval merchants flocked to the Cotswolds, many of them settling here and the town thrived from the riches gleaned from the fleece of the sheep who grazed in the lush countryside beyond. During this period of prosperity many beautiful buildings were built. The town shows fine Cotswold stone buildings from the 17th-century and as with many other 'wool' towns, Chipping Norton has a fine parish church. The church of St.Mary the Virgin is one of the largest parish churches in Oxfordshire. The south porch is hexagonal and stands two storeys high, there is a west tower and the 15th-century nave is clerestoried. The magnificent interior shows many treasures amongst which are fine brasses and monuments from the 16th-century, resplendent with effigies. Close to the church are almshouses from the 17th-century.

In the centre of the town there are several early glowing Cotswold stone properties. The Crown and Cushion Inn dates 1497 and was a former coaching inn. Sadly, The White Hart, a staging post and coaching inn from the 18th-century is currently being converted into luxury apartments. The old Guildhall has windows of Tudor origins. Some former private houses with historic associations have been converted into interesting antique shops and buyers from all over regularly converge here to rummage for antiquities.

Chipping Norton lies in the midst of beautiful cotswold countryside and is surrounded by other villages that radiate the glory of traditional honey-coloured cotswold stone Manor Houses and magnificent Churches. It is a town to be explored and enjoyed and will leave you with many happy memories.

Attractions nearby include; The Rollright Stones - mysterious relics of a Neolithic burial site, the beautiful old town of Stow-on-the-Wold and the delightful town of Bourton-on-the-Water.

Planning a visit to Chipping Norton?
Please support the Pictures of England website by booking your Chipping Norton hotels & accommodation through this site.

Add town to favourites

Interesting & Historical Facts about Chipping Norton

The first dinosaur bone was discovered in a limestone quarry at Cornwell village, near Chipping Norton in 1676. It was analysed by Robert Plot at the University of Oxford, who concluded it to be a thigh bone of one of the giant humans mentioned in the Bible. It has since been identified as belonging to a Megalosaurus.

More Chipping Norton facts..

Nearby towns & villages..

Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the most popular cotswolds towns.

Stow on the Wold (80 Pictures)

a Historic Market Town in the county of Gloucestershire

(7.6 miles, 12.2 km, direction W of Chipping Norton)

"Stow on the Wold, where the wind blows cold"..

Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter (88 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Gloucestershire

(9.9 miles, 15.9 km, direction W of Chipping Norton)

Lower Slaughter is one of the Cotswold's most idyllic villages where you should abandon your car and roam around on foot...

Old Minster Lovell Streetscape

Minster Lovell (19 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Oxfordshire

(10.0 miles, 16.1 km, direction S of Chipping Norton)

Minster Lovell, in its beautiful dream-like setting against the gently rising Cotswold landscape, has a history stretching back to Saxon times...

Burford

Burford (104 Pictures)

a Historic Market Town in the county of Oxfordshire

(10.3 miles, 16.5 km, direction SW of Chipping Norton)

Welcome to Burford - an historical market town in the Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds. With a character all of its own, and a church that is considered to be one of the top 20.....

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucs.

Bourton on the Water (192 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Gloucestershire

(10.3 miles, 16.5 km, direction SW of Chipping Norton)

'The Venice of the Cotswolds'. Bourton is a favourite amongst tourists and is a beautiful place to visit all year round...

All towns in Oxfordshire
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Nearby attractions..

The Rollright Stones, near Great Rollright, Oxfordshire

Rollright Stones (5 Pictures)

(2.2 miles, 3.5 km, direction NW)

These Bronze-Age monolithic circles are third in importance only to Stone-Henge and Avebury. They are one of the most historic.....

Chastleton House, Oxfordshire. From the East

Chastleton House (3 Pictures)

(4.1 miles, 6.6 km, direction W)

One of England's finest Jacobean manor houses, occupied by the same family from its construction in 1607 until 1991 when it.....

A picture of Parish Church of St Edward

Parish Church of St Edward (9 Pictures)

(7.9 miles, 12.7 km, direction W)

This beautiful church was built somewhere between the 11th and 15th century. The tower is 88ft high and was completed in 1447. It.....

The Church at Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Park Arboretum (9 Pictures)

(9.1 miles, 14.7 km, direction NW)

..

Minster Lovell Hall - Floods

Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote (13 Pictures)

(9.9 miles, 15.9 km, direction S)

The ruins of Minster Lovell Hall stand in an attractive position on the banks of the River Windrush. Despite speculation, the.....

Model village, Bourton on the water, cotswolds

Bourton on the Water Model Village (17 Pictures)

(10.1 miles, 16.2 km, direction SW)

Bourton on the Water has a replica of itself built in traditional local cotswold stone. The Model Village is built to one-ninth.....

Burford Church, Burford, Oxfordshire

Burford Church (24 Pictures)

(10.2 miles, 16.4 km, direction SW)

Burford Parish Church is one the most beautiful and interesting churches in England. The building of the present church began in.....


All attractions in Chipping Norton
All attractions in Oxfordshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England

Hotels & Accommodation in Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton Hotels  Chipping Norton Cottages  Chipping Norton Bed & Breakfast

The House On The Green in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

The House On The Green

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England (0.1 miles, 0.2 km)
The House On The Green is a cottage located in Chipping Norton, 17 km from Blenheim Palace. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property....
More info and book online..  Price from £174.00

The Fox in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

The Fox

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England (0.2 miles, 0.4 km)
Built in the 16th century, The Fox is situated in Chipping Norton historic market place, 17 km from Blenheim Palace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room is individually themed and come...
More info and book online..  Price from £95.00

Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England4 stars

Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England (0.2 miles, 0.4 km)
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms offers accommodation in Chipping Norton, 17 km from Blenheim Palace. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a ...
More info and book online..  Price from £65.00

Cotswolds Hotel & Spa in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

Cotswolds Hotel & Spa

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England (1.3 miles, 2.0 km, direction E)
Cotswolds Hotel & Spa is set in Chipping Norton in the Oxfordshire Region, 15 km from Blenheim Palace. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and make use of the on-site spa and 18-hole golf course....
More info and book online..  Price from £63.00

Tudor Stable in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England

Tudor Stable

Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England (2.4 miles, 3.9 km, direction N)
Tudor Stable is a holiday home with a barbecue, situated in Hook Norton in the Oxfordshire Region. The unit is 31 km from Oxford. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The kitchen has an ove...
More info and book online..  Price from £145.00

The Dingle in Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, England

The Dingle

Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, England (2.4 miles, 3.9 km, direction N)
Located in Great Rollright, this holiday home is 31 km from Oxford. The unit is 27 km from Stratford-upon-Avon. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The unit equipped with a kitchen with a ...
More info and book online..  Price from £397.00

Picket Piece Cottage in Chadlington, Oxfordshire, England

Picket Piece Cottage

Chadlington, Oxfordshire, England (3.0 miles, 4.9 km, direction S)
Located in Chadlington, this holiday home is situated 25 km from Oxford. The unit is 35 km from Stratford-upon-Avon. The kitchen features an oven. A TV is provided. There is a private bathroom with a...
More info and book online..


All Accommodation in Chipping Norton..

Chipping Norton Reviews

See all Chipping Norton reviews..

Please login to make a review

Nearby travel help

Kingham Station(4.7 miles, 7.5 km, direction SW)
Ascott-under-Wychwood Station(5.3 miles, 8.5 km, direction S)
M40 Junction 11(13.1 miles, 21.1 km, direction NE)
M40 Junction 10(14.4 miles, 23.1 km, direction E)
Birmingham International Airport(36.2 miles, 58.3 km, direction N)
London Luton Airport(50.2 miles, 80.8 km, direction E)
Chipping Norton to London(67.8 miles, 109.1 km, direction SE)