Monks Risborough Conservation Area Character Survey

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

Monks Risborough is a most attractive and distinctive village, lying in part along the main road between monks Risborough and Aylesbury. It has two distinct zones, to the east is the village centre; to the west the park, parish church of St Dustan's, with associated stone dovecote, and the grounds of The Old Rectory.

Aylesbury Road is fronted by a fine collection of historic buildings set behind a narrow strip of green. The buildings here are closely knit together, of varying architecture and create a very attractive street scene. They are mainly 18th and 19th century in date, taller than traditional vernacular buildings. Green Lane leads from here towards the churchyard, and swings into Burton Lane. This latter is the medieval core of the village, one of the most picturesque street scenes in the District, with some fine vernacular thatched cottages, mostly timber-framed with brick or rendered infill.

Green Lane continues as an unsurfaced track to the churchyard and park. The churchyard is enclosed by mature trees, the church itself a grade I flint and stone building dating from the 13th century. The character beyond is more open, the Grade II* dovecote creating a focal point. The Old Rectory, to the north, was originally built in 1670. It has excellent landscaped gardens around the former pond. This open character is essential in creating separation between the historic core of Monks Risborough and the built up suburbs of Princes Risborough.

On the opposite side of the Aylesbury Road lies the brick and flint Victorian School and Masters House buildings.

There are 11 listed buildings in the conservation area, including the war memorial, recently added to the statutory list.