Photographer's Note

In these days of "lockdown" due to Covid-19, we have little opportunity to take new photographs, so this is another image gleaned from a trawl through some of my archives from eight years ago.

Chipping Campden is a small market town in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England. The name "Chipping" derives from Old English cēping, "a market" or "a market-place" and Chipping Campden was a rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, enjoying the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. And 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 is most attractive.

In this picture is the town's Market Hall, a Grade 1 listed building which sits in the middle of the High Street and which was built by Sir Baptist Hicks in 1627 and is still in use. The building was intended as a shelter for merchants and farmers selling their wares with the side walls open to allow light, and customers, to enter. There was a plan to sell the hall in the 1940s but locals raised funds to purchase the property and donated it to the National Trust who now care for it.

This day was a Saturday and this little market was busy, not nowadays with wool merchants and their wares but with all sorts of interesting goods particularly attractive to tourists. And we too were tourists on this day as we had strayed here from our "mini" TE meeting in Oxfordshire.

ISO 100, 1/60 sec at f/10, focal length 30mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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