Chipping (10 minutes drive from Meadow Cottage)


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With ancient cobbled streets and attractive 17th century buildings, Chipping village is filled with character and has won many Best Kept Village competitions. Located on the south-western edge of the Forest of Bowland, Chipping offers warm and friendly country pubs and restaurants. Chipping is very much the home of world renowned Lancashire Cheese, with the well-known local products Leagram Organic Cheese and Procters Cheddar.

Chipping is set in the picturesque Ribble Valley a few miles to the west of Clitheroe. It is a gem of rural Lancashire rightly proud of its history. Chipping was once a busy market village with it’s name derived from Chepyn – an old English word for market. But even though the market is long gone, the village still thrives. The oldest of its three churches is St Bartholomew’s, founded in 597, although the bulk of the building is dates from 1506. Much of Chipping’s architecture is seventeenth century. The Post Office is Britain’s oldest continuously trading shop, built in 1668 by cloth merchant John Brabin. When Brabin died in 1683 his money built the almshouses and old schoolhouse on cobbled Windy Street. A quaint spot flanked by stone cottages with traditional mullioned windows and tiny gardens.

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The village boasts it’s own ghost story. Lizzie Dean, a barmaid at the Sun Inn, hanged herself after seeing her fiancé marrying another. She wanted to make her lover walk over her to get to church. But the vicar refused her request to be buried beneath St Bartholomew’s graveyard path. And so she supposedly haunts the Sun Inn to this day.

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Download the Ribble Valley Visitor Guide 2018 as a PDF file