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Chipping Campden is the prettiest of the Cotswalds' villages

St. James Church is one of the finest churches in the Cotswalds and an excellent example of the Perpendicular Gothic style; the church was built in the 15th century and has well-preserved 15th century altar hangings inside

St. James Church is one of the finest churches in the Cotswalds and an excellent example of the Perpendicular Gothic style; the church was built in the 15th century and has well-preserved 15th century altar hangings inside

A rich wool trading center in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants; this Market Hall was built in 1627 for the wool traders

A rich wool trading center in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants; this Market Hall was built in 1627 for the wool traders

Rick Steve's says Chipping Campden has the finest High Street (like Main Street) in all of England; the consistency of building materials and architectural style do make it unique

Rick Steve's says Chipping Campden has the finest High Street (like Main Street) in all of England; the consistency of building materials and architectural style do make it unique

This cope at St. James Church dates from around 1400; it is said to be the oldest cope still in its original church in England

This cope at St. James Church dates from around 1400; it is said to be the oldest cope still in its original church in England

The town was laid out in regular plots of land called burgages to be occupied for a fee by craftsmen, traders and others providing services to the community

The town was laid out in regular plots of land called burgages to be occupied for a fee by craftsmen, traders and others providing services to the community

Chipping Campden was full of small bed and breakfasts and Airbnb's in the old homes; driving around the area we didn't pass any fast food places, grocery stores or big box retailers

Chipping Campden was full of small bed and breakfasts and Airbnb's in the old homes; driving around the area we didn't pass any fast food places, grocery stores or big box retailers

This Tibetan cherry tree in the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden had the smoothest trunk; Wilson, from Chipping Campden, was a Victorian botanist who traveled extensively and brought species back here

This Tibetan cherry tree in the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden had the smoothest trunk; Wilson, from Chipping Campden, was a Victorian botanist who traveled extensively and brought species back here

Lee is photobombing the tombs of the husband and wife who provided most of the funding for St. James Church; the town was the center of the wool trade in the 15th century with many wealthy residents

Lee is photobombing the tombs of the husband and wife who provided most of the funding for St. James Church; the town was the center of the wool trade in the 15th century with many wealthy residents

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors with her series, set in a Canadian village, centered around the head of homicide in Quebec; the characters are diverse, charming and have a great rapport

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors with her series, set in a Canadian village, centered around the head of homicide in Quebec; the characters are diverse, charming and have a great rapport

Chipping Campden is one of the pretty villages in the Cotswalds; the area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone that creates a type of grassland habitat rare in the UK and that is quarried for the golden-colored Cotswold stone

Chipping Campden is one of the pretty villages in the Cotswalds; the area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone that creates a type of grassland habitat rare in the UK and that is quarried for the golden-colored Cotswold stone

This is the Hicks Gate, adjacent to St. James Church, which is all that remains from the estate of Baptist Hicks; the mansion was burned by royalists in 1645 during the Civil War

This is the Hicks Gate, adjacent to St. James Church, which is all that remains from the estate of Baptist Hicks; the mansion was burned by royalists in 1645 during the Civil War

Chipping Campden is a very early example of town planning; the main street follows level ground by the River Cam, a curve that helps to make the High Street so attractive

Chipping Campden is a very early example of town planning; the main street follows level ground by the River Cam, a curve that helps to make the High Street so attractive

This window at St. James Church is a memorial of World War I and each element of the window depicts some aspect of the war and its impact

This window at St. James Church is a memorial of World War I and each element of the window depicts some aspect of the war and its impact

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