Unique Location

Lapstone is an extraordinary destination with an interesting history and has more to offer than just shopping.

We are an independent retailer, personally selecting quality items, preferably unique and exclusively, from across the UK and Europe.

We are near Chipping Campden, in a beautiful countryside location with stunning, panoramic views. The building itself has overarching beams of the old barn – making for a very unique Cotswold shopping experience. Come and see for yourself.

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Brief History

The records are sparse but interesting. In the early 18th century the area was common land used by furze collectors. After the Enclosure it was allocated to Edward Cotterell. The farm became known as Campden Hill Farm or the Hill Farm. William Holmes of Westington built a farmhouse on the land. It was sold to the late Lord Northwick as Lapstone Farm in 1868. By 1871 the cottages housed various agricultural labourers and shepherds. The Lapstone shop is housed in a contemporary conversion of the 18th-century Cotswold stone barn that was part of the Northwick estate.

Fred Badger, who died in 1975, lived at Lapstone from the 1930s, and was quite a character with a magpie’s collection of objects. He and his wife had no children, but took in wartime evacuees, including renowned artist Margaret Calkin James, whose designs for London Tube posters are instantly recognisable. Mr and Mrs Bond now own the estate.

Facilities

Free parking
Children’s play area
Level access
On-site café for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea
Disabled access to both the shop and the Meg Rivers Café
Gift wrapping service
Personal shopper service
Loyalty scheme – ask us for details

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What is a Lapstone?
The lapstone was a water-smoothed stone, often picked up from the beach or a field, held in the shoemaker’s lap while seated. He pounded the leather, especially for the soles, against the lapstone with a flat hammer, to soften it and increase wear by compacting the fibres.