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Lane End conservation area character survey

This conservation area character survey describes the main features of the special architectural and historic interest which justifies the designation of Lane End as a conservation area.

Lane End lies approximately three miles north of the river Thames on the western edge of the Chiltern Hills. Four miles to the east lies High Wycombe and immediately to the north is the M40 motorway.

Lane End is a linear village, the heart of which lies at the higher ground at the intersection of Finings, Marlow and Church Roads, and The Row. Further pockets of development are nestled among the commons land extending down the gentle valleys to the north and south. The conservation area follows the settlement pattern along The Row from the M40 at the north, down Church Road to the bottom of Ditchfield Common in the south, and along the Stokenchurch-Marlow Road, a former Turnpike. Later development in the village is excluded from the conservation area.

The buildings in Lane End vary both in size and period, and while many have had minor alterations over time, the essential forms remain the same. There are nine Grade II listed buildings in Lane End but numerous significant buildings which contribute to the local character.