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Horsenden conservation area

Horsenden is a tiny hamlet that grew up on a stream which rises on the Chiltern springline at Saunderton. It lies to the south west of Princes Risborough, and is at the end of a no through track so is relatively isolated.

The key building is Horsenden Manor, which lies with extensive grounds. The manor house is in an imposing Regency Style, of mellow brick (the white painted stucco has been removed in recent years), It contains 15th and 16th century remnants of an older building. The manor house has a farm complex associated with it, most of which dates from the 19th century. The grounds of Horsenden Manor include ponds, lakes and the stream, which add to the landscape quality.

The tiny parish church of St Michaels is prominently located in the conservation area; it is medieval but was restored and extended in the 19th century.

Scattered around the core of church and Manor House lie cottages, some close to the stream. Other groups are more isolated. All exhibit different materials and vernacular architecture. Particularly picturesque is Gate Cottage, of thatch, with a dovecote and barn adjacent. Other cottages are of brick and flint, or brick. Roofing materials vary between tile and thatch.

There are six listed buildings in this conservation area.

The Horsenden conservation area character appraisal was reviewed in January 2017, and the boundaries of the conservation area were formally revised. 

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