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Church Altar


The History of St James' Church

St James' is one of the finest wool churches in the country. Much of the current building dates from the 13th and 14th centuries; a testament to the significance of the town and the wealth of the medieval merchants who paid for its construction. Much of Chipping Campden High Street dates from this period and reflects the historic importance of the wool trade. 


In addition to the building, there are a number of interesting memorials and artefacts. As custodians of this rich heritage, we welcome visitors. The church houses a medieval cope (a garment worn by a priest) and a complete set of altar hangings said to be the oldest in the country in their original church. 


The church is usually open between 11 am and 4 pm in the summer and 11.30 am to 3 pm in the winter. Except for Sundays when the church opens at 12.15 pm. 


To avoid disappointment please do check opening times. The leaders of organised tours are encouraged to contact the administrator on 01386 841927 or email in advance of visiting. 


As well as visiting the church there is much  interest in the town including the Court Barn next door 


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