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Chipping Campden is a lovely market town in the Cotswolds. Its name Campden, or Camperdene is probably of Saxon origin and denotes 'valley with fields', although some other sources say it derives from a camp near it, where a battle has been fought. Campden is described in detail in the Domesday Book of 1085, where it is said that before the Norman conquest the manor of Camperdene was held by King Harold. Around 1185 it received its charter as a borough, and the new market was established there. Hence the second part of its name, as 'chipping' (formerly 'cepynge') means market. In the 14th century the town already thrived on wool trade. Wool of Cotswold sheep was graded, sold and transported to London.
The wool merchants as well the successive Lords of the Manor not only profited from the wool trade themselves but also erected some buildings for public use in the town and contributed lavishly to charitable causes, such as the building of an almshouse or founding a Grammar School, and also a charity school for thirty poor girls, teaching them to 'read, knit and spin'.
We visited the town on a stiflingly hot day so couldn't do much exploring. We parked the car near the Market Square and just walked around. The magnificent St James's Church could be seen at the far end of the High Street but we didn't have enough energy to walk to it. For some reason the worn off slabs of the old pavements had turned slippery in the heat,
which made walking even more difficult. But I will be back and then my page will grow.

  • Last visit to Chipping Campden: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Love these town's, sounds like you do too!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2009 at 4:03 AM

    Chipping Campden looks like a sleepy British town, but the cotswold stone buildings are certainly impressive.

  • trvlrtom's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Good overview of the area. We enjoyed a few days here last summers. Best to you in 2009!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Interesting etymology of Chipping Campden! Nice place !

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Lovely village and this one I remember from summer :-) Oh beautiful Cotswolds towns :-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    It's always strange to think that a place like this is described in detail in the Domesday Book of 1085. That certainly is a long time ago!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 7:14 AM

    Quite a charming town and I love the name! Good info. & photos!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    How beautifully you observed this lovely village where one of my daughters and her son ( one of our eight grandchildren live.) When are you coming back to Wales?

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2007 at 5:00 AM

    A few years ago I walked a part of the Cotswold Way, and now on your page here I can see its beginning. I really like the Cotswolds.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    What a lovely village and page! Superb and fairy-like Cotswold stone buildings along High Street. The Market building looks nice and mysterious.


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