A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage
of wealthy wool merchants (see also wool church). Today it is a popular Cotswold
tourist destination with old inns, hotels, specialist shops and restaurants.
The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from
the mellow locally quarried oolitic limestone known as Cotswold stone, and
boasts a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. At its centre stands the
Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627.
Other attractions include the grand early perpendicular wool church of St
James – with its