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290505-15. © NRT, 2005
Chipping, Lancashire, UK, 29 May, 2005

Chipping has existed as a market since at least the Eleventh Century Domesday survey, but achieved greater prominence during the Industrial Revolution, when seven mills took their power from Chipping Brook. One, H.J.Berry's chairmaking factory, is still in use, having opened in the 1890s.
The core of the village has changed little in centuries, and the post ofice has the distinction of being the oldest continually-used shop in England.

I've since been told that the annual Chipping Steam Fair was held today, but I didn't notice anything! It must have been in a field on the other side of the village.

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