Loosley Row Conservation Area Character Survey

This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Loosely Row Conservation Area. The full text can be downloaded below.

Loosely Row is one of a scattered group of villages that lie atop the Chiltern Hills overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury. The hamlet has a rare scarp-face form, in that it drapes down the hillside, and one of its key features is the relief. The oldest part of the village runs down the ancient trackway down the hillside. There is no coherent form of settlement, no village core. Buildings are aligned to the road, and positioned to take benefit of the views. The conservation area is split into two parts - the grouping around the foundry, and the hillside and hill top development.

The foundry grouping (the oldest industrial complex recorded in the district) is probably the oldest part of the village, and here the cottages are small and vernacular in style. Moving up the hillside the buildings get progressively larger and grander in style and include Edwardian former public Houses - the Salmon and the Sprat. The exception is a group of flint workers cottages, aligned to the road. Further up the hillside lies a grouping that includes the Old School and the elaborate Loosely Dene, which perches on the hill top. Beyond lies the complex of Collins Farm, set below the hillside road. A view of this was painted by Samuel Palmer in 1845. Between the larger buildings are smaller Chilterns Cottages, estate workers cottages, and a former Baptist Chapel. The hamlet was a centre of lace making during the 19th century.

The variety of building types, materials and architecture all add diversity and interest to this unusual conservation area.

There are no listed buildings in this conservation area.