Askett conservation area character survey
This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Askett Conservation Area. The full text can be downloaded below.
Askett is a small attractive rural village that lies to the south of the main Princes Risborough to Aylesbury Road, just south of the looming scarp of the Chiltern Hills. The settlement pattern is irregular, and originally scattered along the highway network, although there has been some 20th century infill. The village has a central historic core that runs from the Three Crowns to Lilac Cottage, encompassing a variety of building types, including a thatched barn conversion. Buildings in this core are generally 17th century and later. They would have faced onto a central green and the wide grass verges here are a reminder of the earlier open pattern. The grouping of historic buildings is visually pleasing.
A further ribbon of development runs along the north south portion of Askett Lane. A number of historic buildings are scattered along the roadside, some with thatch and timber-framing remnants. Here also is a listed modern house, Askett Green, an excellent example of a modern interpretation of a traditional cottage.
Crowbrook Lane also contains a range of historic buildings, again using traditional Chiltern materials. Development is more scattered here, but there are still excellent bits of streetscene. At the southern end of the conservation area lies the historic Bell House in its picturesque setting.
There are 14 listed building in this conservation area.