Visit Chipping Campden and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, near the Worcestershire border is 4 miles East of Broadway. It is one of the most typical towns of the affluent wool merchants of the 14th and 15th centuries. There are many gabled stone houses with oriel, dormer and mullioned windows with medieval monastic-looking doorways giving a good impression of how many of the richer market towns looked during the late Middle Ages, for instance the arched and timber-roofed Market Hall and the house in the main street of William Grevel, ancestor of the Warwick family, which has a beautiful upthrusting two-storied gabled bay window built about 1380. Many of the houses date from the 17th century, among them the attractive group of almshouses built in 1624, raised above street level. At the end of the town stands a magnificent Perpendicular church, with an elegant l5th-century pinnacled tower. There are some Norman traces and 13th-century stone work; the porch with scratch dials and north aisle and chancel all date from the 14th century. The tall nave arcades with their soaring columns, the clerestory and chancel arch, were all built at the peak of Chipping Campden's prosperity in the 15th century. The unusual window above the chancel arch portraying the Last Judgment was inserted during the 19th century with commendable care so as not to disturb the superb proportions. Among the excellent brasses are those of William Grevel and his wife set into the chancel floor before the high altar. One side chapel is leased perpetually to the Noel family who were linked in marriage with Sir Baptist Hicks, a philanthropist of considerable standing with Charles I, who did not hesitate to borrow very considerable funds from his friend. Sir Baptist Hicks built Campden House, a beautiful country residence, but ordered it to be burnt to the ground rather than let it fall into the hands of the Parliamentarians. The ruins, comprising a habitable lodge, two pavilions and an almonry, can be seen a stone's throw from the church. In the Noel Chapel is a fine 17th-century, bust of his daughter Penelope and her sister-in-law Anne Noel, and an imposing monument to Sir Baptist, who became 1st Viscount Campden, and his wife. There is a rare collection of fine English embroidery, some dating back to the time of Richard II. Altar frontals, dorsals (one with angels' wings lined with peacock feathers), orphreys and a beautifully preserved medieval cope are displayed under glass on the west wall of the church.
A little way out of the town on the top of Broadway Hill is Broadway Tower, a gazebo built in 1797; a Gothic Revival fantasy, it has machicolations and three circular towers.
Nearby towns: Blockley, Broadway, Evesham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stratford-upon-Avon
Nearby villages: Admington, Alderminster, Badsey, Barcheston, Batsford, Bengeworth, Bidford, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Childs Wickham, Church Honeybourne, Cleeve Prior, Condicote, Cutsdean, Ebrington, Ettington, Evenlode, Harvington, Honeybourne, Honington, Ilmington, Little Compton, Longborough, Lower Lemington, Newbold on Stour, Offenham, Pebworth, Salford Priors, Shipston on Stour, Snowshill, South Littleton, Stretton-on-Fosse, Temple Guiting, Toddington, Todenham, Tredington, Weston Subedge, Wolford, Wormington
Have you decided to visit Chipping Campden or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Chipping Campden bed and breakfast (a Chipping Campden B&B or Chipping Campden b and b)
- a Chipping Campden guesthouse
- a Chipping Campden hotel (or motel)
- a Chipping Campden self-catering establishment, or
- other Chipping Campden accommodation