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.
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