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The long and flowing main street gives the town its shape and style. Frequently described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Cotswold towns, Chipping Campden is also one of the best preserved and most historically important.
Historic buildings and town hall
A planned town of the late 12th century, its layout of properties can still be traced. The High Street follows the line of an important trading route and the long narrow burgage plots fronting both sides. The oldest properties are Grevel’s House and Woolstaplers Hall, both 14th century. In the town centre is the market hall built in 1627 for the sale of butter, cheese and poultry. Together with the nearby Town Hall, it forms a marvellous group.
St James church
The church of St James is one of the Cotswolds’ finest wool churches with merchants brasses galore. Alongside are the gates of Campden House, much damaged in the Civil War.
Guild of Handicraft
With the arrival of the Guild of Handicraft in the early 20th century, and since the establishment of the Campden Trust in 1929, Chipping Campden has been thoroughly preserved and still presents something of the character of a Cotswold market town before the age of the motor car. The town is a mecca for arts and crafts, in which it boasts a long tradition.
On nearby Dover’s Hill Captain Robert Dover founded the Cotswold Olimpicks in the 17th century, and they are still celebrated every year including the tradition of shin-kicking.