Conservation areas in Buckinghamshire
Choose an area to view an alphabetical list of conservation areas and their related appraisals, maps and asset lists.
Conservation area appraisals (CAAs) highlight the special interest of each area and we use them to inform planning decisions.
Aylesbury, Walton and Wendover
Dinton, Westlington, Upton and Gibraltar
- Wendover conservation area map
- Wendover conservation area (part 1)
- Wendover conservation area (part 2)
Also see Aylesbury, Walton and Wendover
Chalfont St Giles
Chalfont St Peter
Cholesbury and Hawridge
Penn and Tylers Green (Chiltern)
Stoke Poges West End
Cadmore End Common
Fawley Court lies north of Henley on the banks of the River Thames.
It was designated a conservation area in 1992 and comprises an early 18th century garden and pleasure grounds, surrounding a Grade I listed 1680s house claimed to have been designed by Christopher Wren. The house is of redbrick with stone quoining.
The park was landscaped in the 1770s by Capability Brown, with 19th and 20th century additions and planting.
There are a number of garden buildings that are listed separately.
The house passed into the hands of the Marian Fathers after World War Two and became a religious seminary.
Additional 20th century buildings have been constructed on the site. There are 12 listed buildings or structures on the site.
The village of Great Hampden lies along a Chiltern ridge top, with tree hung valleys to the south. Much of it is surrounded by woodland, although to the north agricultural fields open out the landscape. The grassy lawn and open green create a field of woodland glades within the tree cover. The conservation area was designated in 1989. This conservation area is split into two parts due to the scattered nature of the settlement. The lower part is focused on Great Hampden Farm and a nucleus of dwellings scattered around it, traditional in form, with local Bucks materials used for construction. In this locality lies the primary school. There are two listed buildings in this part of the conservation area.
To the north west lies the other part of the conservation area, based on the linear form of the settlement as it straggles along the roadside, and ending in a cluster of historic listed dwellings close to the crossroads. Included within the conservation area is the cricket pitch, which is fundamental to the setting of the buildings and an important green space at the heart of the village.
This is a rural conservation area designated in 1992. It covers the Grade I listed house and grounds of the Hampden Estate.
The house itself is Elizabethan but was remodelled in the 18th century in the Gothic style known as Strawberry Hill, and is of pale yellow render to two elevations, with Gothicised stonework detailing and castellations.
Also listed are the pretty brick and flint parish church and stable block adjacent to the main house. The church contains many Hampden family memorials. John Hampden was a famous Parliamentarian who refused to pay ship tax, and died at the Battle of Chalgrove Field.
The chief feature of the grounds is a magnificent view of "The Glade" cut through the woods to the east, and bordered by rhododendrons and ancient oaks.
It is terminated by two small lodges known, because of their design, as the 'Pepper Pots'. It is said that the avenue was cut through the wood to facilitate easy access to the house for Queen Elizabeth I when she was entertained at Hampden, during one of her progresses.
Harleyford and Whittington House
This conservation area covers two grand riverside estates and was designated in 1992. To the west lies the Wittington estate, whose buildings are now occupied by office use.
The main house is listed Grade II* and dates from 1898. It was built by Sir Reginald Blomfield for Lord Davenport, in the William and Mary style.
The adjacent coach house is also listed. There are extensive landscaped gardens. To the north lies a small enclave of service cottages and barns adjacent to the Henley Road. These pre-date the main mansion. The Lodge Cottage on the main road is also listed and is in typical Victorian estate style.
The eastern part of this conservation area covers Harleyford Manor. This is a mid to late 18th century landscape park and pleasure ground, possibly by Capability Brown, surrounding a Grade I 1755 Thames-side villa. The house was designed by Sir Robert Taylor, of redbrick, and was his first country house, of a pioneering compact and adaptable design.
The riverside areas comprise the pleasure gardens, main house and kitchen gardens, and now include a chalet and caravan park, and lies in the floodplain.
To the north the valley side rises steeply for 30 metres, before reaching the plateau, which comprises a mixture of open ground (now a golf course), and woodland. There are six listed buildings in this part of the conservation area.
Hedsor and Riversdale
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - introduction
- High Wycombe conservation area map
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - town centre
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - Frogmoor
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - Easton Street
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - civic area
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - railway
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - Saffron Platt
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - The Rye
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - Bassetsbury
- High Wycombe conservation area appraisal - Marsh Green
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Mill End Hambledon
Mill End is a small conservation area focused on a group comprising the manor house, farm buildings and a mill on the river Thames, mid way between Marlow and Henley. It is also the location of Hambleden Lock., although this is located on the Berkshire side of the river. The main group of buildings clusters close to the road junction at the foot of the Hambleden Valley, in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The conservation area was designated in 1982 and extended in 1991.
Yewden Manor, a 16th century many gabled house, now converted into four dwellings, is the centrepiece of the hamlet. To the north lie associated buildings of Yewden Home farm, all of mellow brick. Across the road another farm group, Mill End farm, with listed farmhouse and barns. Groups of estate workers cottages line the main road. South of the road, close to Yewden Manor, lies the white weatherboarded mill building, now converted to housing, within a riverside environment.
Penn and Tylers Green (Wycombe)
This conservation area comprises of a small settlement on the eastern side of the Hambleden Valley, with a picturesque backdrop of wooded hillside.
Long range views of the area can be obtained from the other side of the valley. It was first designated in 1989, and extended to include two late Victorian houses in 2004. The conservation area is linear in form, as the built form tends to hug the road as it climbs from the valley floor.
Development clusters around a small road junction half way up the hill, and the conservation area boundaries are tightly drawn round the curtilages of the properties. There is a complete mix of building types within this conservation area, from late Georgian villas, to farmhouse complexes with imposing barns along the road side, to a flint and slate roofed chapel which dominates the hillside.
Runs of small cottages are found in the northern part of the conservation area, most of redbrick and flint.