Chipping Campden: An English village with thatched houses and a history built on wool trading.


Thatched House at Chipping Campden.

This evening, I am posting information on the quintessentially English Cotswolds village of Chipping Campden which is situated about 100 miles N.W of London. Population is about 2200.

Market Hall, Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is well endowed with antique and other specialist shops, hotels, and restaurants.

Early wealth was derived from wool trading in the medieval period. The name is derived from a combination of ceping (Old English for ‘market’) and camp and denu ( Old English for ‘valley with enclosures’.)

Colourful Cottage at Chipping Campden

A symbol of the village is the famous Market Hall (above) which dates from 1627. There is also the impressive, perpendicular 'wool church' of  St James. Visitors are attracted by the traditional thatched houses as illustrated in images in this post.
St James Church, Chipping Campden

Thatched House at Chipping Campden

In the early 20th century a community of Arts and Crafts specialists (metalworking, jewellery, furniture making, etc.) moved from London and established workshops in Chipping Campden.

High Street, Chipping Campden

A fascinating village which features in many tours of the Cotswolds region.

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