Stokenchurch conservation area

Stokenchurch is a large village situated on the A40 Oxford Road, just before its dips down the Chiltern Scarp into Oxfordshire. It grew up as a coaching stop on the main London to Oxford turnpike, and there are a number of inns and public houses in the village centre.

The conservation area, designated in 1989, covers the centre of the wider village, which is characterised by large areas of common to both sides of the main road.

This common land has evidence of encroachments onto it with little enclaves of cottages breaking up the greensward. Informal tracks and roads meander across the commons, in some places these have been formalised and later development sprang up along them.

A large coaching inn, the King Arms Hotel, is the key visual landmark in the village. Small cottages lie to the rear of this, close to the church. Tree cover is more prevalent to the north, including within the green areas. To the south the view is much more open, the commons with the backdrop of cottages being a key feature.