Favorite thing: Strolling along the main street is a recommended activity here. It has a slight curve so you're never quite sure of what may lay ahead and so much of it is interesting.
Fondest memory: I wished that I had allocated more time here as it wasn't until I reached the church on my way out that I started to really delve into the history of the place. With so much of it well preserved, I recommend that you do some more research than I did before you arrive to get the full understanding of Chipping Campden.
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The High Street
Favorite thing: Chipping Campden is often labelled the 'flower of the villages of all England'. Though the actual quote is not a modern one it certainly has some claims to that title.
Truly unspoilt, it has many beautiful buildings and an impressive mostly 15th-century church, though bits of it are centuries younger and other pieces older.
The long, curved and flowing main street gives this typical Cotswold market town, born of wool, its shape and style.
Fondest memory: Nearby is Dovers Hill. Set high above Chipping Campden this was once the site for the Cotswold 'Olympic' Games! Attended by up to 30,000 people in their hey-day, the games were established during the reign of James I by Robert Dover, a local lawyer with anti-Puritan sentiments. Games included such demanding sports as 'shinkicking',and 'jumping in bags', just the thing for that hangover.
I vividly remember seeing this on television and was amazed that, in times of litigation etc., things like this would even take place.
The games were cancelled during the Civil War, re-established with the Restoration of the Monarchy, halted in 1851 by a disapproving local vicar, and again revived in 1951, although at a fraction of their former size. Visitors today can witness the festivities on the first Friday after Whitsun.
Four miles out of Chipping Campden lies Hidcote Manor Gardens, another National Trust property with a delightful series of small gardens, each holding different and rare plants and shrubs. The famous horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnson created the gardens in the early twentieth century. Notable for rare shrubs and trees, and 'old' roses.
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