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Chipping Campden Information and History

When visiting Chipping Campden from the northwest you will see a group of ruins, the remains of Campden Manor. Begun in 1613 by Sir Baptist Hicks (1st Viscount Campden), the manor was burned by Royalist troops to stop it being sequestered by Parliament at the end of the Civil War.

Alms Houses in Chipping Campden   The almshouses opposite the gateway were spared. The owner designed them in the form of the letter "I" (latin for "J") as a symbol of loyalty to King James I.
     
The Church of St James, one of the finest in the Cotswolds, is home to many elaborate tombs and a magnificant brass dedicated to William Grevel who built Grevel House in the High Street. Grevel house (c. 1380) is the oldest in a fine row of buildings.   Church of St James, Chipping Campden
     
Chipping Campden Market Hall   Viscount Campden donated the Market Hall in 1627 and his contemporary, Robert Dover, founded the "Cotswold Olimpiks" in 1612 (long before the modern Olympic Games had been established).