Re-discovering Campden House - Heritage Open Weekend

15th & 16th September 2018

Campden House was built by Sir Baptist Hicks, a wealthy London merchant and moneylender to James I and his courtiers.  Soldiers burnt down the house in the Civil War, but its Banqueting Houses and Lodges survive to give a flavour of its former grandeur. In a matchless Cotswold setting, this garden landscape is a hugely important survival of the Jacobean era, even if only its layout remains. This is a rare chance to explore the site and its buildings, courtesy of The Landmark Trust, who own the site.

Over the weekend CCHS will showcase their Lottery-funded archaeological and archive research findings.  Visitors will be able to explore the site and its buildings and experience aspects of Jacobean life in a range of activities for all ages: a family trail, Jacobean pastimes like archery and bowls, ‘dressing-up’ in period costume and displays about the project.

Campden House was built next to St James’s Church, a notable wool church that contains very fine funerary monuments to the Hicks family. The Church will be open to visitors, with displays and talks about its history and monuments. Those who dare can climb the steps to the clock room and the bell-ringing chamber and on up to the roof for a view over the ruins and beyond to Campden’s famous High Street. Refreshments available. Free entry. Sensible footwear advised.

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