Hampden House conservation area

This is a rural conservation area designated in 1992. It covers the Grade I listed house and grounds of the Hampden Estate.

The house itself is Elizabethan but was remodelled in the 18th century in the Gothic style known as Strawberry Hill, and is of pale yellow render to two elevations, with Gothicised stonework detailing and castellations.

Also listed are the pretty brick and flint parish church and stable block adjacent to the main house. The church contains many Hampden family memorials. John Hampden was a famous Parliamentarian who refused to pay ship tax, and died at the Battle of Chalgrove Field.

The chief feature of the grounds is a magnificent view of "The Glade" cut through the woods to the east, and bordered by rhododendrons and ancient oaks.

It is terminated by two small lodges known, because of their design, as the 'Pepper Pots'. It is said that the avenue was cut through the wood to facilitate easy access to the house for Queen Elizabeth I when she was entertained at Hampden, during one of her progresses.