This is, without doubt, the finest of the Cotswold wool towns. Unlike several other towns in the area, Chipping Campden has aged gracefully because, for some crucial years, it was a ‘forgotten’ town which was not affected by modern development.
The town was one of the most prosperous wool centres in the 14th and 15th centuries and the buildings reflect that prosperity, for all were obviously built by people of affluence. On the long wide High Street, almost every house is worth looking at. There are 14th century houses and inns, a 15th century school, 17th century almshouses and Market Hall and an 18th century Town Hall. Close to the almshouses stands the magnificent Perpendicular Church of St James which reflects the former opulence of Chipping Campden.