The 1612 Almshouses at Chipping Campden are an excellent example of Cotswolds architectural design, situated in an attractive local town
Chipping Campden is a beautiful, historic town that boasts fine examples of ancient limestone building and craftsmanship. It was a very important, medieval market-town, playing a major role in the wool trade that was flourishing at the time.
As well as a host of other distinguished and interesting features, such as St James Church with its imposing 36 metre tower and the terraced High Street displaying a range of architectural styles, Chipping Campden is also home to some almshouses. These are still used today as charitable housing for elderly retired persons who have a connection with the local area.
The Almshouses were built in 1612 and were commissioned by Sir Baptist Hicks, who was an important benefactor to the town as he also donated money to build the ancient market hall, as well as other projects. The houses are a good representation of typical Cotswolds buildings from the period. The front row seems to be built in the shape of the Roman numeral...