Monday, 26 October 2015

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is a market town in the Cotswolds. It is situated in Oxfordshire approximately 12 miles from Banbury and 18 miles from Oxford. This wealthy market town dates back to the Middle Ages when it would have been known for the quality of its wool.

There are still plenty of medieval buildings in the town which still has a market every Wedneday. The "Chipping Norton Set", a group of well known acquantances have homes in Chipping Norton including Prime Minister David Cameron whose constituency home is in nearby Dean.


Moreton-in-Marsh at the crossroads of the Roman Fosse Way Road on the A429 is a small Cotswold town at the head of the Evenlode Valley. This picturesque town  has many buildings made from Cotswold stone. There are a number of independent shops and local attractions include the Batsford Arboretum in nearby Batsford village.

The town gets its name from the old English meaning "Farmstead in Marsh". The town is a busy and popular market town with a history dating back 1000 years to the Saxon period. There is a large open air market in the town every Tuesday and the town holds a very successful agricultural show every September.

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, the birth place of Winston Churchill and the family home of the Duke of Marlborough has a special place in British history. It is the only non royal house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace was built between 1705 and 1722 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The building of the palace was a reward to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough for his service to country and his military triumphs during the battles leading up to and including the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. The Churchill family, later the Spencer-Churchills, have lived here for 300 years.

Blenheim Palace is still the home of the Dukes of Marlborough. The palace, its park and its gardens are open to the general public. The palace generates income from a number of lucrative business deals which keep it running and all attempts are made to retain the atmosphere of a large country house.

Blenheim Palace has some beautiful painted ceilings and tapestries. It is also home to the largest pipe organ in private ownership in Europe. A visit to the palace will keep you busy for most of the day and will be one of the most memorable places you are likely to visit.
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Woodstock is a pretty little town in Oxfordshire, made famous through Winston Churchill and Blenheim Palace. Winston Churchill is actually buried in the nearby village of Bladon. New and Old Woodstock is divided by the River Glyme. 

The town benefits from tourism due to its location near Blenheim Palace. The Town Hall was built in 1766 and there are plenty of 17th century buildings around the town centre.

Woodstock is also home to the county museum of Oxfordshire - The Oxfordshire Museum. The town has a long and historic past and was popular with English Kings from medieval times. The town gets its name from the Old English meaning of "clearing in the woods". It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as village in a Royal Forest. 

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Friday, 14 August 2015


Wisbech is a market town in the Fens of Cambridgeshire. It is also an inland port with a tidal river called the River Nene. There is likely to have been a settlement here since the Iron Age and Wisbech is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

In the 17th century the town benefitted from the draining of the Fens which turned Wisbech into a prosperous port town. There used to be a canal which joined the RRiver Nene near the town centre but this was filled in and now serves as a dual carriageway. Wisbech Castle was built by William I in 1072, destroyed by flooding in 1236 and rebuilt and exteneded at various stages of its life to the mansion house structure that you see today which is used for weddings and events.

Wisbech has a large population of Eastern Europeans who originally came over to work on the farms. Wisbech is known for its fine architecture mainly of Georgian origin.  Wisbech is home to  Peckover House, a National Trust property which is open to visitors.

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