Northend Conservation Area Character Survey

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

Northend is an attractive rural hamlet set high in the Chiltern Hills above the Hambleden Valley. It is located t the junction of two ancient trackways leading from Turville and Turville Heath respectively. The settlement grew up in an area of uphill common and woodland, historically linked to the scarp foot parish of Watlington. Originally the settlement would have been scattered farmsteads.

The buildings which surround the common at the heart of the conservation area are of traditional vernacular types, with considerable use of flint. The common and pond help to create the open feel to this conservation area. Most buildings are clustered to the south of the common, those to the north are more spread out, and include Northend Farmhouse, hidden from view, and the impressive White House which is set in an elevated position. The main cluster of cottages, mostly dating from the 18th and 19th century, run from the old Smithy around to Bodgers and the Victorian old School House. Nairne Cottage to the west is 16th century in date.

As well as the predominant use of flint, render is also utilised on some of the larger buildings. Weatherboarding is restricted to outbuildings. The village has a backdrop of trees at the outer edges of the common.

There are four listed buildings in the conservation area.