It was in the Cotswolds that the bulk of England's cloth-making industry was located. Shepherds, cloth-makers and wool merchants were therefore the most influential people in the area. The richest of these being quite clearly the merchants. Without the shepherds there would have been no raw material, without the workers no finished product and without the merchants none of the prosperity deriving from both.
This explains the main attraction of Chipping Campden throughout the centuries; it explains the attraction of its buildings, its church and that general aura of noble quaintness and prosperity that still characterises this Cotswold town.
Part of the wealth and prosperity was naturally channelled into the architectural heritage of Chipping Campden, the building and renovation of a fine church, the houses and market place. A visit to the "wool" churches, as they are known, of Chipping Campden, Cirencester and Northleach is a must for the Cotswold visitor. Here he will find many reminders of the prosperity of bye-gone days.
It was only after the decline of the wool industry and resulting poverty and exodus from the area that tourism became the prime source of revenue of the Cotswolds and of Chipping Campden in particular.
In the 18th century the wool industry began to decline and various protective measures were introduced especially against the importation of Irish wool. It was Jonathan Swift, in his Irish tracts, who brought to the attention of the public the dire consequences in Ireland of such protective measures limiting the importation of Irish woollen products to the advantage of the English market.
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