The Essex House Press: C R Ashbee’s passion for printing

These days we can take our pick from a huge range of mass-produced printed books, from cheap paperbacks to top-of-the-range, coffee-table art volumes.  A private press like the Essex House Press is special: the printer can produce works that he or she likes, and is not necessarily limited to what the public wants.  The Essex […]

In Conversation: Susan Early, Basketmaker

Susan Early

Susan Early, Basketmaker and 2012 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar What inspired you to take up basketmaking?I have always loved baskets and more than thirty years ago I joined my first workshoplearning to weave a basket. The whole process inspired me and I was excited to learn andcreate more. The traditional techniques used, the natural […]

A tribute to a Campden resident

By Frank Johnson. In memory of a Campdonian a bench seat has been installed at the entrance to Court Barn. It commemorates the life of Allan Warmington, a native of Chipping Campden and a founder Trustee of the Guild of Handicraft Trust. It has been funded by his family in what would have been his […]


Blakeman was born in Chipping Campden in 1907 in Wood House where the family had lived for several generations.  Blakeman’s  father, Francis, was gamekeeper on the Campden Estate and on his death when Blakeman was 12, the family had to leave the ‘tied ‘house.  He was provided with a house next to St Catherine’s School […]

All Campden’s a Stage: Theatre and the Guild of Handicraft

By Olivia Tracey 2022 marks 120 years since C. R. Ashbee and his wife Janet arrived in Chipping Campden with their Guild of Handicraft to start a new life ‘in Arcadia’. Through the reigns of six monarchs, Court Barn is celebrating the changes that have occurred from 1902 to 2022, as well as marking the […]

Northcot Bricks

Brick Making near Blockley by Frank Johnson My wife and I bought our first house in 1953. It was a semi-detached at South Kenton, Middlesex, close to the train station. Across the line was a large open green space, Northwick Park, adjacent to the main line north out of Euston After several other moves we […]


Celebrating the Court Barn Bursary Award SATURDAY 16 JULY – SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2022 This year we will be celebrating past winners of the Bursary Award: Gemma Clarke Anna Clegg Milo Leigh Will Whatley The exhibitors’ practice spans a range of media which includes painting, drawing, audio, printmaking, sculpture and book arts.  Inspired by subjects […]

NEW BEGINNINGS | a conversation

  Trustee Sue Gavin talks to illustrator Will Whatley who was the winner of the Court Barn Bursary Award in 2021.   Will’s work can be seen in the exhibition New Beginnings, 16 July – 4 September 2022.   SG: Will, you chose to go straight from A Levels at Chipping Campden School to study […]

The Campden Ring by Vicki Ambery-Smith

COURT BARN – News Release The Chipping Campden Ring Court Barn is delighted to announce it has acquired an outstanding ‘Chipping Campden’ ring by internationally renowned contemporary jeweller, Vicki Ambery-Smith. The ring, commissioned by the museum, captures the architectural spirit of Chipping Campden’s historical and iconic buildings and was funded by the Friends of the […]