Population: 1043 Grid Reference: SD623434 Co-ordinates: 53.885,-2.573



Not far from Preston is the delightful village of Chipping, home to Britain's longest continuously operating shop, Brabin's which also features a café and dates from the reign of King Charles II in 1668.  John Brabin was a wealthy cloth merchant who bequested the property to the local people in 1683.   Little did he know that his shop will still be trading by the reign of the next King Charles!
Lying within the Forest of Bowland AONB, Chipping was won several Best Kept Village awards as well as the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom competition in 2009.
Seven mills operated in Chipping with the last one, Kirk Mill closing in 2010.
The Anglican church is St. Bartholomews and there is also a Roman Catholic and a Congregational Chapel.
There are currently two pubs trading in Chipping, The Sun Inn and the Tillotson's Arms (also known as Tilly's).  Nearby are the Derby Arms on the road to Longridge and the upmarket Gibbon Bridge Hotel.  The Talbot in Chipping is no longer open as a pub neither is the nearby Dog & Partridge to the south of the village.

Brabin's Shop & Café     Chipping     St. Bartholomew's Church

   Brabin's Shop & Café                                              Another view of Chipping                                             St. Bartholomew's Church