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Fingest conservation area character survey

This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Fingest Conservation Area.

Fingest lies at the head of The Hambleden valley, one of the most delightful in the Chiltern Hills. It is sheltered and enclosed by beech hung hills along much of its length. The hamlet is a fine example of an unspoilt and harmonious settlement, most of which can be seen from the Churchyard. The church is the outstanding building in the conservation area, Grade I, Norman in origin, with a massive west tower. It is enclosed in a walled churchyard right at the heart of the village.

The buildings in Fingest range from the grand to the humble. Fingest House is a Regency residence, prominent in views along the road, of white stucco with pale blue paintwork. Fingest Manor is set behind the church, rebuilt in the 19th century and hidden from public view. The Old Rectory is one of the most pleasing buildings architecturally, Georgian, it sits on the corner of Fingest and Chequers Lanes and is part of an attractive grouping, which also includes low tiled barns, some timber framed cottages, and Victorian workers cottages.

Along Fingest Lane lies the Chequers public house, with decorative brickwork, larger houses and the buildings of Fingest Farm, which include weather-boarded barns and granary. These play a key role in the streetscene. Other buildings of note are Ivy Cottage and The Cottage, a substantial building dating from the 18th century.

Fingest is one of the most attractive and unspoilt villages in the Chilterns. There are nine listed buildings in the conservation area.