Turville conservation area

This appraisal sets out the key features that contribute to the character of Turville Conservation Area.

Turville village is one of the prettiest settlements in the district, often used for films and well known as the setting for "The Vicar of Dibley". Unspoilt by modern development, it has a secluded position in the valley bottom, overlooked by Cobstone Mill, a local landmark. The surrounding hillsides are mostly pasture. The cluster of vernacular cottages around the central green, nearly all listed, are small in scale and well kept. They date from the 16th to 19th century, with timberframing, or brick and flint construction. The pretty church lies immediately north of the green, set in a peaceful churchyard. The scale of building is domestic, with a strong sense of harmony. School lane runs south from the green, with cottages sitting hard on the roadside. The Victorian school lies at the end of this lane.

The Old Vicarage is one of two Grade II* listed buildings, of decorative brick and flint. Other cottages are more rustic in appearance, tied together by the ubiquitous use of plain clay tile.

Not only is the centre of the village extremely picturesque and well preserved, the surrounding landscape is also a key characteristic of the area. In particular the view across to the historic buildings that line the north east side of the main street with the windmill perched on the hillside above is a much loved one.

There are 18 listed buildings in the conservation area, two of which are Grade II*.