Heritage Centre

A History of Wool and Sheep in Shipston-on-Stour and the Cotswolds

If you are interested in wool, sheep and how they have influenced Shipston-on-Stour’s heritage and the history of the area, then do come and visit the Shipston Heritage Centre. At present there is a small display at the Shipston Post Office in the High Street.

The Shipston Heritage Centre opened at the Shipston Wool Fair on the 26th May 2014. The centre was opened by TV Historian Bryan McNerney, who talked about how important it is for communities to remember heritage.

The centre piece is the Shipston Tapestry, which took 200 people over 4,000 hours to complete can be seen, by appointment, at the Shipston Town Council offices. Designed by Ros Lobb of the Stratford Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, the weaving was supervised by Ann Howells and Ros over two years. Started in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee it was finished at 2am on the morning of the 26th May and was unveiled at the Shipston Wool Fair. Below is a picture of Jackie and Kate working on the tapestry, which was inspired by the famous local Sheldon Map Tapestries. Do come and have a look at the finished product – it is even better in the flesh!

Jackie and Kate Weaving the Tapestry

Jackie and Kate Weaving the Tapestry

The Shipston Heritage Centre was set up with support from the Shipston Wool Fair Committee and funding from Warwickshire County Council’s Operation Footfall scheme. Setting up a permanent Heritage Centre in the town is currently being explored.