Abbotsbrook conservation area

This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of the Abbotsbrook conservation area. The full text can be downloaded below.

Abbotsbrook conservation area is an early 20th century planned settlement which lies between the historic hamlet of Well End and the river Thames in Bourne End. Abbotsbrook Estate is a private enclave of leafy streets, watercourses and attractive early 20th century houses and cottages in a distinctive vernacular revival style, with low key modern infill development concentrated at the southern part of the estate.

The houses sit in spacious grounds, with ample off road parking, and due to the private ownership of the estate itself there is not a blight of on-street car parking so prevalent elsewhere in built up areas. This is a key part of the character of the area, enhanced by grass verges, much tree cover, and a riverine environment, with fords and locks terminating roadways.

The conservation area was originally designated as a unique example of an Edwardian planned estate overlaying a medieval site; the layout of the estate relating to the underlying land form and stream courses, and the architecture providing a microcosm of early 20th century style.