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Chipping Campden High Street - photo by Terry J Morgan
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Campden Town Stroll

Walk 3. Chipping Campden Town Stroll (30 to 60 minutes - dependent on shop browsing!)

Walking BootsA short stroll through the town of Chipping Campden, allowing you to enjoy some of the more unusual sites in and around town. As you enter come up the hill into the outksirts of the town, on the left, the East & West Banqueting Houses stand supreme, overlooked by the impressive St James Church.

Following Church Street round, noticing the Almhouses on your right, past The Eight Bells Inn allegedly built to allow the churchmasons somewhere to stay, through the one way system you reach a T junction with the famous High Street. 

 

Almost directly opposite the junction you will see the imposing Grevel House the oldest building in Campden built around 1380. Turn left into the High Street, the Old Grammar School is situated on your left, now an antiques shop of fine repute. As you make your way down the High Street on the right hand side The Old Market Place comes into view (Built in 1627), a first reminder that this was in fact a wool merchants town. This has been restored and maintained by the National Trust in recent years.

 

Just beyond the Market Hall you will find the War Memorial and The Town Hall. The Town Hall originally a 14th century building used in the past as a Gaol, Court House and Wool Exchange. As you walk past the Town Square the imposing facade of The Cotswold House built in 1815 greets you.

St Catherine's Church - photo by Betty StockerStaying on the right-hand side of the High Street, pass between Island House and the Baptist Church into Lower High Street, if you venture further up Lower High Street you will come to St Catharine's Roman Catholic Church with its locally crafted stained glass windows. Crossing the road you will find The Volunteer Inn, well named for its' history of having militia men sign on to serve King & Country.
Just beyond the Market Hall you will find the War Memorial and The Town Hall. The Town Hall originally a 14th century building used in the past as a Gaol, Court House and Wool Exchange. As you walk past the Town Square the imposing facade of The Cotswold House built in 1815 greets you.

Staying on the right-hand side of the High Street, pass between Island House and the Baptist Church into Lower High Street, if you venture further up Lower High Street you will come to St Catharine's Roman Catholic Church with its locally crafted stained glass windows. Crossing the road you will find The Volunteer Inn, well named for its' history of having militia men sign on to serve King & Country. 

 

Walking back down Lower High Street turn right into Sheep Street where a few yards on your right you will find the Old Silk Mill with its working Silversmith. Rejoining the High Street you will now come across the 17th Century inn, The Red Lion. There are numerous shops for both local inhabitants and tourist customers alike, the next building to look out for is The Noel Arms, with its archway leading down to George Lane. At the junction with Church Street carry on towards Cider Mill lane, however before you reach Cider Mill lane look for the archway which leads to the tranquil Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden which in turn leads back to St James Church.