Chipping Norton, affectionately known as ‘Chippy’ by the locals is a Cotswold market town situated on the edge of The Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The town has a population of a little over 6000, and provides shops, schools and services for the surrounding villages.
We know from the Roman remains in our museum that people settled here over 1700 years ago, and that a castle was constructed here shortly after the Norman conquest. The impressive Parish Church of St Mary’s is a reminder of the rich merchants who once called Chipping Norton home. The word ‘Chipping’ comes from the medieval term for market; an indication of Chipping Norton’s growth as a major centre of the wool trade, and the town still has a thriving high street with a great mix of quality independent traders and High Street names, and a number of industrial estates hosting local businesses.
Free parking and the town’s unique blend of history, culture and shopping make it a very popular destination for visitors.
Residents of Chipping Norton are represented by 16 Town Councillors, 3 District Councillors, 2 County Councillors and one MP. Our Town Councillors are members of the community and are elected every four years to represent the town and its inhabitants. Every year the Town Council elects one member to serve as Mayor. You can find out more information about each Councillor and how to contact them below:
Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, Chipping Norton Town Council has been considering climate change mitigation and environmental impacts in the work that we do, and is currently working towards becoming a pesticide free town.
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