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Upper North Dean conservation area

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

North Dean is a compact group of cottages set against the rising slopes of the Hughenden Valley five miles north of High Wycombe. Denner Hill, the highest point within the parish, lies to the north east of the village and is the source of Denner Hill stone, used in a number of buildings within the conservation area.

Upper North Dean conservation boundaries encompass the core of 18th and 19th century buildings lining Speen Road south of Piggott's Hill and centres on North Dean Farm and its associated buildings. There are a number of attractive vernacular cottages in the settlement and development at the centre of the hamlet hugs the road tightly, creating a sense of enclosure which is enhanced by boundary treatments. Away from the core the plot pattern is more open with deeper setbacks and glimpses of open countryside. Prevalent materials on the vernacular buildings are brick and flint, although Denner Hill Stone Quoins are also common.

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