Bledlow conservation area character survey
This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Bledlow Conservation Area. The full text can be downloaded below.
Bledlow village is situated along a ridge above a wooded ravine (The Lyde), on the rolling vale scarp and located close to the Icknield Way. The village is small with an air of peaceful isolation, and contains a number of building types scattered unevenly along a series of roads. It is a village centred on the Church and Manor House in terms of layout.
The heart of the village is dominated by the Grade I church; the village green is set off some distance away close to The Lions Public House and Manor Farm. Small picturesque cottages lie close to the churchyard. The Grade II* Manor House is hidden from public views by high garden walls; only glimpses of the building can be seen. The village has a number of attractive vernacular cottages.
A group of village houses opposite the Manor House are by Aldington, Craig and Collinge; built in the 1970s they won an architectural award. At the end of the main lane through the village lies Bledlow Homes, a former Union School dating from the 18th century. A further grouping of historic cottages is located in West Lane, compact and attractive, they are tied together by the use of traditional vernacular materials.
Trees and vegetation play a key role in the character of the conservation area, particularly around the Churchyard and the private The Lyde.
There are 19 listed buildings in this conservation area.