Throngs of tourists continue to visit Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘Diddly Squat’ farm shop in the Cotswolds, angering locals
Hundreds of tourists and cars were seen pouring into the Diddly Squat farm shop today (11 September) following the success of Amazon Prime TV series ‘Clarkson’s Farm’. Recent news reports suggest locals have become incensed by traffic queues and crowds in the small Cotswold village of Chadlington. Queues of two hours to enter the site were reported this afternoon.
This week, Jeremy Clarkson called a public meeting in a village hall to tell his neighbours that some of the crowds flocking to his farm shop have been a “bloody nuisance”. He said he sympathised with complaints about traffic jams and speeding cars in the small, quiet village.
During the hour-long meeting he reassured north Oxfordshire villagers that he understood their concerns about large numbers of visitors. “They like to come in and wee on my drive,” he said. “I am just as keen as all of you to try and manage the situation.” The Oxford Mail reported that Clarkson received an “angry reception” from villagers - and complained of getting “the middle finger” on his way into the meeting.
In a BBC radio interview this week, Clarkson said the village is “..swamped with people but it is swamped with people spending money."
Clarkson bought his 1,000-acre farm, a few miles south of Chipping Norton, in 2008 but did not take over its management until 2019. He named it Diddly Squat after the amount of income it generated. Since the TV series about his farming attempts, his shop's popularity has caused jams on the country roads.