Dear Chipping Campden
We love you! One of the jewels in the Cotswolds’ crown, it’s not hard to see why people fall in love with you.
Steeped in history and noted for its terraced High Street, this beautiful town dates back to the 14th century.
We love its gorgeous historic buildings, in particular the Grade I listed Market Hall, built in 1627 and which is in the centre of the town.
Other fascinating buildings we love include the early perpendicular Cotswold wool church, the Church of St James with its medieval alter frontals and the Grade I listed almshouses on Church Street which were built in 1612.
The High Street is pretty as a picture, lined with shops, cafes and restaurants housed in buildings built from locally quarried Cotswold stone. It’s no surprise much of the town centre is now a conservation area which has helped to preserve the original buildings including the 256 historically listed within the town.
One of the things we love most about Chipping Campden is it has its own Olympic Games. The idea came about in 1612 and is held every summer on the Friday evening following the late Spring Bank Holiday on Dover’s Hill. Among the events is the sport of shin kicking! A huge bonfire and firework display followed by a torch-lit procession back into the town and dancing in the square heralds the end of the Games.
The day after the end of the Games is the Scuttlebrook Wake where locals wear fancy dress costumes and follow the Scuttlebrook Queen, her attendants and page boy in a procession to the town centre.
Chipping Campden has lots of other events throughout the year which we love including the annual Chipping Campden Literature Festival, Music Festival, and Open Gardens Weekend.
We love Chipping Campden and are delighted to have an office in the centre of the town. What do you love most about the town?