Place:Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England

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NameChipping Campden
Alt namesCampedenesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 112
Chipping-Campdensource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTown
Coordinates52.05°N 1.767°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoKiftsgate (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Campden Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1935
North Cotswold Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1935-1974
Cotswold (district), Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Chipping Campden is a small market town now within the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire, England. ("Chipping" is from Old English cēping, "a market, a market-place"; the same element is found in other towns such as Chipping Norton, Chipping Sodbury and Chipping (now High) Wycombe.)

A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants (see also wool church). The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from the mellow locally quarried oolitic limestone known as Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627.

Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St James – with its medieval altar frontals (c.1500), cope (c.1400) and the vast and extravagant 17th century monuments to local wealthy silk merchant Sir Baptist Hicks (1551-1629) and his family – the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Chipping Campden.

Chipping Campden was in Campden Rural District from 1894 until 1935 when the rural district was broken up and the majority of it (including Chipping Campden) was transferred to the newly-formed and larger North Cotswold Rural District.

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837)
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county
  • Unfortunately, A History of the County of Gloucester in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online does not cover this part of the county
  • Ancestry.co.uk has recently added Gloucestershire Burials, 1813-1988; Confirmations, 1834-1913; Baptisms, 1813-1913; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813; and Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938. (entry dated 1 Aug 2015)
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