Welcome everyone to my latest blog, I wanted to cover in this blog some interesting facts about Chipping Campden and the Campden wonder story.
The Campden wonder story is a famous myth from years ago, that still creates interest for locals and visitors. You can find the main story on our website, but here’s a few facts about the town Chipping Campden home of the wonder.
Chipping Campden the name, Chipping means market place and Campden derives from Saxon “campa-denu” or camperdene meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land.
Chipping Campden became known for its profit from the wool trade, home of the Cotswold lion sheep the wool trade profits helped shaped the town and buildings that you can see today.
Sir Baptist Hicks was the town’s main benefactor, he spent money on many of the buildings around the town that you can still see including the Market Hall and the Alms houses.
Hicks also built Old Campden House where he lived with his family, due to the civil war Hicks’ Grandson gave the order for the house to be burnt down so that it didn’t fall into parliamentarian hands. The only remaining piece of original house is now pinkish in colour from the heat of the fire, this is always kept behind a locked gateway alongside the two refurbished banqueting houses now owned by the Landmark trust. This gateway is opened to the public at least once a year and is definitely worth a look around if you get the chance.
The coneygree which is a national trust field in which you can see a great view of old Campden house and the banqueting houses gets its name from Coney meaning rabbit coneygree meaning rabbit warren. It was also once known as ‘the ancient warren of the lords of Campden.’ The purpose of the coneygree was to provide a manorial or monastic estate with a regular and fresh supply of meat, rabbits were reared here as a delicacy and their fur was used for lining garments. Only the owners of the land were allowed the kill the rabbits.
So just a few facts there on some of the sights around Chipping Campden, look out for my next blog which will be covering St James’ church, Ernest Wilson gardens and Dovers Hill.
Dont forget to take a look at our Flickr page for more photographs of the Cotswolds.