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Oxfordshire Museums Council

Bringing History to the Public

Chipping Norton Museum of Local History


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 farming are featured. Representing the recreational side of the town and district is a fairly unique display of the major summer sport played locally, not cricket, but American Baseball, played from 1908 to the 1970s, for many years at national level. Also featured is the children’s favourite, Granny’s Kitchen, a hands-on replica of a between wars kitchen. Also a collection of over 2000 postcards 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.

Address Westgate, 4 High Street, Chipping Norton Oxon OX7 5AD
Telephone 01608 641712
E-mail here
Web www.chippingnortonmuseum.co.uk
Opening Easter to end of October Mon – Sat 2.00 – 4.00 (including Bank Holidays)
Admission Admission: Adult £1.50, child under 16 free and must be accompanied by an adult
Group & School visits can be arranged at other times
Visitor facilities Shop, car park and toilets adjacent
Disabled access Regrettably none
Public transport Stagecoach services S3 from Oxford and Woodstock and 488 from Banbury (hourly)

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