Visiting the Towns and Villages of the Cotswolds

The Cotswold towns with their distinctive "wool" churches came into being in the medieval period. This was the height of the English Gothic age, also called "Perpendicular." The wool trade grew in prominence and prosperity, reaching its peak in the 14th to the 16th centuries.

The historic market towns of the Cotswolds are still the main towns today. Sheep roam on the hillsides but the mills have turned into condos. This is no longer an industrial area, but is a wonderful rural area with market towns, villages and farms.

Why do several town names start with "Chipping"?

In medieval English a long market square was called a "Chepynge" which turned into "Chipping" for market towns such as Chipping Campden, Chipping Norton and Chipping Sodbury. Another old English word, "ceapen", probably derived from "chepynge", means "market".

When visiting a Cotswolds town ...

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