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Picturesque Chipping Campden

When planning holidays in the Cotswolds, Chipping Campden is an excellent place to visit for those who enjoy historic architecture, art and shopping. Before planning your holiday, here are some things you should know that will make your time here even more pleasant. even more pleasant.

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Chipping actually refers to "marketplace", and is a throwback to the fact that this town was once very active in the wool trade. The main point of interest is the High Street which has buildings that date back to the 14th Century. After the wool trade diminished, Chipping Campden became sparsely in habited - that is, until 1902 when 150 London craftsmen relocated here to begin showcasing their trades and then became local merchants. Since that time, it has been known as a place for artisan goods ranging from jewelry to furniture.


St. James Church

St. James Church is considered to be a landmark of Chipping Campden, as its magnificent structure can be seen for several miles. This house of worship dates to the 1400s when it was frequented by wool tradesmen who inhabited the town during that time. The church has retained its original architecture and features, and visitors are able to enjoy a self-guided tour of the building and grounds. At times, an organ player is even on hand to serenade guests with some hymns as they stroll the grounds and take in the beautiful scenery.


High Street

The buildings along the High Street also date back to the 1400s. The storefronts here have been carefully preserved to maintain their historic charm and beauty. Simply walking this street can be an experience in itself, but taking in the quaint shops and restaurants located here is truly something you won't want to miss out on during any of your holidays in the Cotswolds.


Silk Mill

This is an ancient silk mill that has been renovated to be something of a working museum. Those who perfect their crafts inside this mill use a variety of ancient techniques in order to create goods that can't be duplicated elsewhere. You'll find everything from jewelry to silverware being made here. There is also a café on the lower floor that sells coffee and pastries, and an art gallery located here also showcases the work of local artists.


Grevel House

This attraction is actually a mansion that once belonged to one of the more prominent wool tradesmen. Built in 1380, this home has been carefully preserved to reflect its history. Some of its architectural features include a two-story bay window, a sundial, packhorse entrance and stained glass bay window. It is located just a short distance from the High Street, making it an easy walk after taking in some dining and shopping.

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