We’ve come a long way when you think about it. In 1086, Chippy was mentioned in the Domesday Book with 53 households at a value of 16 pounds. Today, Britain’s movers and shakers are dotted around the neighbourhood in big and beautiful properties worth multiple millions. But much of the countryside remains stunningly unchanged. (right) looking across to Churchill.
Chipping Norton also gives thanks to the wealthy merchants and extremely fluffy sheep of the 15th century, when the town flourished as a wool centre. Well-to-do traders built the impressive Town Hall, grammar school and Almshouses (above), as well as restoring our striking parish church.