Shipston on Stour is a market town of great antiquity situated in rural South Warwickshire. The name for Shipston originated in the 11th century as “Scepwaestune”-Sheepwashtown. It has a thriving community and is well served by quality shops, a wide range of public services and two excellent schools. It is an interesting place for visitors and the centre of Shipston boasts a wide range of individual shops, a gallery and places to eat. Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, Shipston is at the heart of a large farming community and is the centre for a number of nearby villages in the Stour valley.
The town holds a number of annual community events including a week long Proms in the Summer and a Victorian Evening held in early December. In 2009, Angela Noyce the late Mayor elect proposed that the town should resurrect its Wool Fair after a lapse of 150 years. The introduction of the Wool Fair has provided a direct link with the town’s history and its importance in medieval times as a sheep town. It has also given the town a great way to show visitors what Shipston has to offer.
From the first ressurencted Wool Fair held on May Bank Holiday, 2009 the event has been a great success. The two main streets in the town centre get closed to traffic and are used for exhibits of rare breeds of sheep, shearing demonstrations, exhibitions featuring the various uses of wool, street entertainment and stalls selling a wide range of quality goods It also provided a fundraising opportunity for charities and local good causes.
Due to its success the Shipston’s Town Council now runs the Wool Fair as an annual event.
The postcode for central Shipston-on-Stour is CV36 4AB.
For more information contact Bob Armstrong