Cotswold Towns and Villages

Shipston On Stour

Shipston-on-Stour is a town in the northern Cotswold Hills near the boundary between Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire counties.  Its name is derived from an Old English word meaning Sheep-wash-town, referencing its early role as an important sheep market.  The town is located relatively close to Chipping Campden, Broadway and Moreton-in-Marsh.  After the decline of the wool market in later years, many Cotswold towns suffered economically, but Shipston was spared by the opening of a horse-powered tramway line, which later became the site for a railway in 1889.  This town served as a coaching stage during this era; many of the inns from that time still stand in High Street.

Today you can enjoy an eclectic collection of shops, pubs and restaurants in Shipston-on-Stour.  There are also many inns which are open to visitors.  Nearby are other attractions like Warwick Castle (less than a half hour’s drive) and the gardens of Kiftsgate and Hidcote Manor.  Shipston plays host to a couple of annual events including the Shipston Proms in June and July and the Wool Fair in the spring.  The Shipston Proms are a two week live music event featuring local musicians.  Just as Shipston was a great coaching stage for journeys in the 19th century, it is a great stop for you on your Cotswold journey today.



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