Ellesborough conservation area character survey
This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Ellesborough Conservation Area. The full text can be downloaded below.
Ellesborough lies close to the Icknield Way, a cross country pre-historic communication route. The hamlet lies close to Chequers, the country residence of British prime ministers. It lies on a spur of the Chiltern scarp, close to three ancient monuments, two of which dominate - Beacon Hill, which has a bowl barrow, and Cymbelines Mount. The historic enclave of the hamlet rises from the flat lands of the Vale of Aylesbury to the scarp of the Chiltern Hills, which create an impressive backdrop. The hills form their highest point here, at Coombe Hill.
The most striking building is the Church of St Peter and St Paul, set in an imposing position on a small hill with long range views. It dominates the immediate vicinity. Views play a key role in this conservation area. The rest of the buildings are more rustic in appearance, with small vernacular cottages clustered close to the church. These include Lady Dodds Almshouses, dating from 1746. Ellesborough Manor lies on lower ground to the east and dates from the 19th century. The site is enclosed by trees and there are no public views of the building. It is a retirement home, and some modern buildings have been constructed in its grounds.
There are five listed buildings in this conservation area.