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Watery Lane conservation area

This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Watery Lane Conservation Area.

Watery Lane is a small conservation area located on the River Wye close to Glory and Clapton Mills, between Loudwater and the Wooburns. It is close to an area associated with the industrial expansion of High Wycombe. Whilst its origins may have been in agriculture, it was later associated with the milling industry, particularly through the construction of mill workers cottages. Some buildings predate the industrial growth of this area, in particular the Falcon public house.

The River Wye is an essential part of the conservation area. It was an essential part of the development of the village, and now provides important and attractive amenity feature running through the built up area.

Much of the built development is along Old Moor Lane, with off shoots of development lining the banks of the Wye to the west. Attractive runs of small traditional cottages dating from the 18th and 19th century, of brick, brick and flint, and occasionally weather boarding. Later 19th century buildings employ yellow stock bricks rather than Bucks reds and oranges.

There are no listed buildings in the conservation area.

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