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Mrs Pauline Watkins


4 high Street,
Chipping Norton,


The museum is located in the Chipping Norton Co-operative Society Hall dating from the 1880s. The exhibits are mainly hands on and illustrate the town's development from Saxon Manor to a prosperous wool town plus the town in World War II. The main sources of local employment, Bliss tweed Mills, Hitchmans Brewery, Hub Iron Foundry and farm are featured. Representing the recreational side of the town and distinct is a fairly unique display of the manor summer sport played locally, not cricket but American Baseball, played form approx 1909 to the 1970's, for many years at national level. Also featured is the children's favourite granny's kitchen, a hands on replica of a between ways kitchen.
Also a collection of over 2000 photographs depicting the social history of the area plus a Local Study Centre complete with microfiche facilities dedicated to utilising the copious local family history records held by the Museum.

Gift shopAccepts groups

Children welcomeGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

The Museum opens Easter
until end-October

Monday to Saturday
& Bank Holiday Mondays
2pm - 4pm


Adult £1.50
Children under 16 Free (must be accompanied by an adult)



The museum is situated in the High Street on the A44 through the town. Disabled parking nearby.

Parking: free


  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

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