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Woolstaplers' Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 52.0515 / 52°3'5"N

Longitude: -1.779 / 1°46'44"W

OS Eastings: 415251

OS Northings: 239263

OS Grid: SP152392

Mapcode National: GBR 4NG.71Y

Mapcode Global: VHB13.3PWN

Entry Name: Woolstaplers' Hall

Listing Date: 25 August 1960

Last Amended: 31 July 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1172611

English Heritage Legacy ID: 126212

Location: Chipping Campden, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL55

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

Civil Parish: Chipping Campden

Built-Up Area: Chipping Campden

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Chipping Campden St James

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

(South East side)
9/156 Woolstaplers' Hall (formerly
listed with Woolstaplers'
05/08/1960 House and Woolstaplers' Hall)


Said to be former Wool Exchange Room and Merchants' Hall, now a museum. Said to have C14 origins, surviving constructional details however largely C15. Restored by C.R.Ashbee as his home after 1904. Rubble with ashlar dressings, stone slate roofs. Gable-end to road, possibly once the solar wing of a larger house whose hall may be incorporated in Woolstaplers' House adjacent (Q.v.); narrower extensions to rear. Two storeys, inserted attic and garrets removed by Ashbee. Principal external feature is a flat-fronted oriel to upper floor of 1:4:1 lights with cut-away moulded corbelling and hipped stone roof: above is a 3-light leaded window with stone mullions and flat cornice (Ashbee) while in the gable is a further blocked opening; the gable is coped and has a pretty saddlestone with cinquefoil panel; ashlar chimney to left with moulded capping. Below the oriel is a moulded doorway by Ashbee with a heavy keystone and side-lights; evidence of former openings.
Interior: ground floor lay-out altered; on the first floor is a fine chamber with good detail including: vault in oriel; large Tudor-arched fireplace with Calf family rebus in spandrels; 3-bay open roof with 2 rows of wind-braces and irregular trusses, 2 with cranked collars and clasped purlins, the closed Eastern truss may not, as now, have been the end truss; it now has a glazed upper apex with glass (?by Paul Woodroffe) with Ashbee's rebus.
The Calf family whose house this was were prominent wool-merchants in the later middle ages. C.R.Ashbee's restoration was sensitive by the standards of the time. Ashbee (1863-1942) founded the Guild of Handicraft in Whitechapel in 1885; it was an influential part of the Arts & Crafts Movement and he moved it to Chipping Campden in 1902. Graded I partly on this account.
Now a museum of bygones.

Listing NGR: SP1525439266

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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