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Meadle Conservation Area Character Survey

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

This tiny hamlet is situated a few miles north of Princes Risborough in a remote and rural part of the District. It is well known for its connection with the Quaker movement. The peaceful conservation area has a wealth of character listed buildings which are well spaced out along the track. This loose-knit pattern of development is a key feature, is as the use of thatch. The conservation area grew up around a grouping of farms, and the agricultural idiom is seen in the remnant barns and farm buildings which still form the backbone of the built environment. The stream which runs through the area is also important to the character, although water levels fluctuate.

Meadle has 15 listed buildings, a high proportion of the total buildings. Bank Farm, close to the centre, is grade II* and incorporates the remains of a 15th century hall house. The remaining are grade Ii and show a wide variety of vernacular styles. Many of the buildings retain their timber frames with brick or rendered infill patterns and are particularly picturesque. The open spaces, mature trees and orchards between buildings are also a key part of the areas charm, providing a setting and setting a balance between built and natural environment. 20th century infill has been limited to the area close to the road junction.

There are 14 listed buildings in this conservation area.