Day Two-A trip To The Cotswolds With Stepheny

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Good morning! Welcome to the second day of our tour. We wouldn’t want to miss Chipping Campden, a small market town within the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England. Like Burford, Chipping Campden’s glory days also date from the 14th century to the 17th century. A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, this village enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. Today it is a popular Cotswold destination.

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The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from the mellow locally quarried oolitic limestone known as Cotswold stone, and has a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. The early perpendicular wool church of St James with its medieval altar frontals is a special stop along our way today.

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It’s a shame we’re going to miss the Chipping Campden Open Gardens Weekend June 21 to 22, 2014, 2 – 6pm.  In case you can return there will also be teas and a plant stall.  £6 for an afternoon and £9 for the weekend. Usually over 20 gardens open. To learn more about the Open Garden Scheme in England.

There are two famous and historic gardens nearby: Hidcote Manor Garden, owned and managed by the National Trust, and Kiftsgate, privately owned, but open to the public. We will visit Hidcote tomorrow.

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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7 Responses to Day Two-A trip To The Cotswolds With Stepheny

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Oh My Goodness, this is dragging up my past. We’ve been here, it’s lovely. There is a silversmiths and the family have had Christening spoons made by them for the children. Looking forward to more of your posts.

    • There is time, take us to the silversmiths this afternoon. I don’t know a thing about Christening spoons, but what a lovely gift. If not too expensive, I would love to buy one.

  2. wordstock16 says:

    Enjoying your trip. This is as close as I am going to get.

    • Well. let’s make the most of it and enjoy our day today in Chipping Campden. The weather is perfect (because I say it is) and we have our good walking shoes. Now where is the book store?

  3. I’m having such fun on this trip with you. England is a great place to vacation. Did you see any cricket games going on in your wanders?

  4. Beautiful photos! Thanks for the tour!

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