Clapton Mill conservation area character survey
This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Clapton Mill Conservation Area. The full text can be downloaded below.
Clapton Mill Conservation Area is a site of great importance for the industrial heritage of the River Wye. It is centred around one of the historic watermills that lined the Wye Valley in the Wycombe area. It lies close to the motorway and 20th century development of Wycombe's outer edges, but has an air of surprising tranquillity due to the semi-rural appearance of the immediate area.
The key feature of the conservation area is the mill building itself and associated buildings, which sit hard on the mill race. The presence of the River Wye and the header reservoir beyond the mill groupings dictates the layout of these buildings. The mansion house, Clapton Revel, is of national importance, being Grade II* listed. It sits on the higher ground, and the formal gardens run alongside the header lake. Mature trees play an important role in screening the area from the north and enclosing the buildings.
Materials in the conservation area are dominated by the use of brick, and timer cladding plays an important visual role in tying the mill buildings together. Brick and flint are also used on some cottages.
There is one listed building in this conservation area.