Penhurst Gardens is the perfect base from which to explore the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, home to such picturesque towns and villages.
With a charming, elevated High Street, a long Market Square and narrow shopping streets, Chipping Norton is one of the few small English towns to offer a range of multiple and independent retailers. Here, you'll find a department store, boutiques, an art gallery and a collection of shops selling everything from gifts, books and clothes to antiques.
The name Chipping derives from an old English word meaning market and there's been a market here since the 13th century. Regular farmers markets selling fresh, local produce are also held in the town centre. For food shopping, there's a Co-op and a Sainsburys along with a couple of enticing delicatessens, a fishmonger and two butchers shops. The towns retail outlets sit alongside impressive, historic buildings. A row of striking 17th century alms-houses lead down to St Marys Church, which along with the medieval Guildhall is a reminder of the prosperity brought by the wool trade.
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