Moments in a minor key

By Dcred

Chipping CampdenMarket Hall, built 1623 and the official start of The Cotswold Way.

The building is rectangular, with three gables on each long side and two gables at each end. The gables were all furnished with small windows but these have since been blocked up. There are pyramidal pediments at each corner and the long sides are protected by a ballustrade. The building plan is what is known as a double arcaded loggia. The material, as you might expect in the Cotswolds, is local golden-coloured limestone. A panel between the two east gables display Sir Baptist Hicks' coat of arms.

The roof is supported on slender stone pillars forming an interior colnnade. Each pillar is raised on a chamfered plinth of a floor made of stone cobbles. The south wall is supported by a low buttress and to the north by a low stone wall.

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