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Situated on the northern edge of the Cotswolds, Shipston-on-Stour is a riverside town in south Warwickshire, close to the boundaries with Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. 

In the 8th Century, Shipston was called Scepwaeisctune, Old English for Sheep-wash-Town, as it was formerly an important sheep market. Located on what is now the A3400 road between Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, Shipston was once an important staging place for stagecoaches. Many former coaching inns remain in the town centre. 

Today Shipston is a charming historic and thriving town which has become increasingly popular with tourists due to its wonderful mixture of shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels. Perhaps surprising for such a small and self-sufficient town (population 4,500) is Shipston's retail strength.

As a focal point for the surrounding rural area, it has more than 50 small independent shops and has become something of a shopping heaven when many small towns have been virtually taken over by national chain stores. 

In recent years, Shipston has celebrated its wool heritage with its annual Wool Fair and other popular annual events include the Shipston Proms and a Victorian Christmas event.

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