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.
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.
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.