Hambleden conservation area character survey
This conservation area character survey describes the main features of the special architectural and historic interest which justifies the designation of Hambleden as a conservation area. The full text can be downloaded below.
Hambleden village nestles at the foot of the Hambleden Valley, midway between Marlow and Henley. The main road up the valley passes to the west of the village. The village itself is one of the jewels of the district, due in part to the National Trust who hold covenants over many of the buildings; as a result the village is greatly unchanged in appearance.
The settlement is focused on the village square, with pretty medieval cottages facing onto it and along the access roads, creating a strong urban layout. The church sits within a walled churchyard, to the east lies Hambleden Manor House, 17th century in date. Further from the centre lies Kendricks, a glorious Baroque mansion with far reaching views across the valley. Later development from the Victorian era radiates out along the valley roads.