England’s best views

Chipping Campden High Street

‘Chipping Campden is a town charmed by limestone. Its walls dance by the light of the dying day. This was a leading town of the age of wool. From the 14th to the 16th centuries, fleeces cut from the backs of its sheep were exported throughout Europe. Chipping Campden’s High Street is best viewed from the covered market of 1627, looking up towards the church tower.

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The houses are of a creamy local limestone. Walls are offset by grey-brown roof tiles and white woodwork, fronted by foxgloves, hydrangeas and a skirt of lawn.

Chipping Campden is again prosperous. Its inhabitants and thus its economy is that of the new rural economy, creative businesses, commuters, weekend homes and the retired ’

Extracted from ‘England’s 100 Best Views’ by Simon Jenkins, to be published by Profile books in October 2013 (£25 hardback)

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