Chipping Norton is a market town in the Cotswolds and the highest town in Oxfordshire. It was built on the site of a Norman Castle and is famed for the Chipping Norton set, a group of well-to-do people, who originate from the city, yet come to the country to go on hunts and act in a country manner. Members include Prime Minister David Cameron, actress Liz Hurley and TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
About 6,000 people live in the pretty town and its name comes from 'Chipping', the old English for 'market' and 'Norton' meaning north town. The townspeople are proud of the fact that despite its celebrity connotations it remains down-to-earth and boasts the best fish and chip shop in the Cotswolds.
Chipping Norton is filled with beautiful old buildings including medieval town houses, 17th century almshouses and a mill from the late 1800s. The town is under 20 miles from both Oxford and Banbury, though it doesn't have its own railway station.