Wheeler End Common conservation area

This conservation area character survey describes the main features of the special architectural and historic interest which justifies the designation of Wheeler End Common as a conservation area.

Wheeler End Common is a typical Chiltern ridge top settlement, with buildings and common land spread out along the ridge, and farms at the edge of the settlement and minor tracks and roads giving access to groups of houses. At Wheeler End scattered groups of historic buildings surround the open common.

Until relatively recently Wheeler End was a much smaller hamlet made up of a loose group of farmhouses scattered round the common. These are the oldest structures in the conservation area, dating from the 16th and 17th century and providing anchor points for subsequent development which has lined the edge of the common. Newer development is located mostly to the east of the common - much of it lies outside the boundary. The common itself is a large open area with scrub and woodland to the south.