Market shed or Market hall?

Is this a market shed or a market hall – or a bit of both? The Chipping Campden Market in UK’s Cotswold, was erected in 1627 and is a marvelous example of a transitional market style that advances the simple shed into something more like a market hall. The open arches give the market a welcoming yet non-intrusive feel with passageways and sightlines that look right from any angle. Did you know that ‘Chipping’ is the Old English word for market or market place. I wonder if the word ‘shopping’ came from Chipping? – and how about the word ‘cheap’ that sounds like Chipping also. Interesting connections with words and markets.

January 24, 2011