Chipping Norton ... a potted guide

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The centre of Chipping Norton

The highest town in Oxfordshire and once an important centre for the Cotswold wool trade, Chipping Norton was given a charter by King John in 1205 to hold a wool fair. This later became a mop fair, a tradition still maintained as a funfair. 

Affectionately known by locals as "Chippy", the town's riches are reflected in the Guildhall and St Mary's Church and its history is lovingly traced in Chipping Norton Museum of Local History. Bliss Mill, on the west side of the town, was built as a tweed mill by William Bliss in 1872. In 1913 to 1914 the millworkers went on strike for eight months. The mill closed in 1980 and has since been converted into flats. It remains a local landmark, clearly visible from Worcester Road. The town's popular modern-day attractions include The Theatre and Chipping Norton Lido, the outdoor swimming pool. 

Chipping Norton is in the Witney parliamentary constituency and its MP since 2001 has been David Cameron, who has been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2010 and leader of the Conservative Party since 2005 The growing number of celebrities who have homes in or around the town - including former national newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson - has led to the town becoming associated with the so-called "Chipping Norton Set". 

Although the expression may have raised Chipping Norton's profile somewhat, it can give outsiders a rather misleading impression of the town, as the reality is that Chippy is a good, honest working Cotswold town and most of its so-called "celebrity residents" actually live in their country homes a few miles away.

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