Ten miles west of Oxford on the banks of the River Windrush, lies Witney, a busy market town of around 25,000 people. First mentioned in 969 AD, the town became famous for blanket-making. The old Buttercross stands in the town centre, where farmers' wives once gathered to sell their wares.
Local attractions include the Bishop's Palace, Witney Museum and Cogges Farm, a museum of rural Oxfordshire life. There's also the beauty and tranquility of Ducklington Lake, with its thriving wildlife.
Witney has a healthy mix of small independent shops and major high street names, a twice-weekly market, the Woolgate Shopping Centre and a new town centre development, Marriots Walk, which offers shops, restaurants and a 5-screen cinema. Witney is developing as a hub for new business, with its own dedicated Business Innovation Centre opening in 2012.