With the release of Jeremy Clarkson's new TV show Clarkson's Farm, on Amazon Prime Video, many people will want to know where Jeremy Clarkson's farm actually is and a bit more about the rural area in which the TV personality has lived for years.
Jeremy Clarkson's farm – which he has lovingly named Diddly Squat Farm as a nod to his amateur farming status – is located in Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds. Clarkson's Farm follows Jeremy being taught how to run his own farm by a group of local farmers and agricultural experts. This includes sidekick Kaleb Cooper, who is Chipping Norton born and bred and never wants to leave the area.
"I love my life. I am very, very happy," Kaleb told Country Living. "I don’t understand why anyone would want to go to London and stay in London but that’s completely up to them. Farming for me is not a job. It’s a way of life."
Although Jeremy Clarkson has owned the farm for eight years, he has only just decided to take it on himself, after the previous contract farmer announced his retirement. "I genuinely believed that you’d put seeds in the ground and then weather would happen and then food would grow and I’d go on a skiing holiday – that’s what I thought farming was," he admitted.
Learning how to be a farmer has shown Jeremy a different side to life in Chipping Norton, in the north of the Cotswolds. But let's start from the beginning with this beautiful town. Here's everything you need to know about Chipping Norton...
Where is Jeremy Clarkson's farm?
Diddly Squat Farm lies between Chipping Norton and Chadlington in Oxfordshire. It is in the northern tip of the Cotswolds.
"It is a perfectly average farm really," Jeremy told us. "1,000 acres, a few sheep, wheat, barley, rape. We wanted to say ‘this is what it’s like farming’ [with the new show] and that’s what we’ve tried to do."
Diddly Squat Farm is not organic but Jeremy, Kaleb and the team work hard to encourage wildlife where they can, striking a balance between sustainable farming and affordable produce.
"We’ve created quite a big wetland area for insects. We’ve got beetle strips running through the fields. We’ve put turtle dove mix in," Jeremy listed. "We do quite a bit to attract wildlife and birds and bees. We’ve put owl boxes up. We really have worked very hard but then do I dump a load of glyphosate on the crop? Yea I do."
Where is The Diddly Squat Farm shop?
The Diddly Squat Farm Shop is located on the farm. It sells the farm's produce as well as products from local growers and makers. Alongside food, you can also find clothes, kitchen accessories and gifts. Jeremy describes it as being "full of good, no-nonsense things you'll like" and emphasises on the website that "we do not, for example, sell kale."
The website also reads: "Established in 2020, Diddly Squat Farm Shop was the brainchild of Jeremy Clarkson after realising that potatoes did indeed grow well on his farm and he had accidentally produced 40 tonnes of them. From there, with his partner Lisa, he bought hives and began to produce and sell bee juice, along with apple juice and cow juice from a local dairy."
Where is Chipping Norton?
Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire, perched on a hillside where a Norman castle once stood. The word 'Chipping' comes from the old English word for 'market.' There are other Cotswold market towns with the same naming convention including Chipping Campden and Chipping Sodbury.
Chipping Norton is famous for its wool and tweed production which has attracted shoppers to its market since the 13th century. The town is home to Bliss Tweed Mill, designed by George Woodhouse. It's a grand building which looks more like a mansion that a textiles factory.
Chipping Norton, known to locals as 'Chippy', is also home to an impressive church, thought to have one of the best church interiors in the Cotswolds.
What is Chipping Norton famous for?
Chipping Norton and the surrounding North Cotswold villages are, today, well known for being a high-end, sought-after location to live in. The honey-hued Cotswold stone homes can carry a huge price tag and are owned by many celebrities and even royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly moved to Beaconsfield Farm, a property on the Great Tew Estate near Chipping Norton, temporarily in May 2018 before their wedding.
It was also widely reported that Harry and Megan were planning to build a new manor house in the village of Great Tew, worth £13 million.
The website of the Great Tew Estate reads: "The Great Tew Estate encapsulates much of what might be considered the archetypal English Country Estate. Spring lambs playing in rolling grassland, oak woods with a carpet of bluebells, chocolate box thatch cottages... the Great Tew Estate is all this and much more."
Just south of Chipping Norton and Great Tew is Soho Farmhouse, a members-only hotel popular among locals and celebrities, including the Beckhams.
Also, just down the road from Chipping Norton, is Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park where he presents Countryfile.
People and properties aside, the area surrounding Chipping Norton is also loved for its beautiful countryside. The northern part of the Cotswolds is more hilly than the south, meaning rolling views and picture-perfect rambling opportunities.
Chipping Norton in pictures
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