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Little Marlow Conservation Area Character Survey

This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Little Marlow Conservation Area. The full text can be downloaded below.

Little Marlow is a compact village that runs south from the Marlow to Bourne End road. The parish Church and manorial complex form the core of the conservation area, prettily surrounded to the east and north by vernacular cottages. The main line of building lies along the spine road, with later Victorian development along School Lane, including the Victorian School.

The village has a high concentration of listed buildings, from the Grade II* Church of St John the Baptist, and the substantial 16th century Manor House, to humbler vernacular dwellings. The view south is terminated by the timber framed Manor Farmhouse. The Manor House is well hidden by high walling and service buildings of the yard. A small green lies at the crossroads of Church Road, Pound Lane and School Lane. Here lie 16th century cottages, The Queens Head Public House and estate workers housing. The restored village pound is located close by. The 18th century Old Vicarage lies to the east of Manor Farmhouse in extensive grounds.

North of the crossroads are a run of historic cottages and Arts and Crafts housing. At the junction with the main road is an attractive grouping of buildings including the Kings Head Public House and the Old Forge. The recreation ground creates a degree of openness to the north east of the crossroads, and visually separates the school from the heart of the village.

There is a wide mix of building materials within the conservation area, all of which add visual diversity. Of particular note is the use of flint walling which dominates the centre of the village.

There are 20 listed buildings in this conservation area.