Hedgerley Dean

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An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Buckinghamshire, Volume 1, South. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1912.

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(O.S. 6 in. (a)xlviii. S.W. (b)liii. N.W.)


a(1). House (see Plate, p. 30), now three cottages, opposite Hedgerley Rectory, is of two storeys and an attic, timber-framed, with brick and plaster filling, some of the bricks set in herringbone pattern. It was built in the second half of the 16th century, except the N.E. wing, which is of somewhat later date. The roofs are tiled. The plan consisted originally of a rectangular block, facing E., with a central chimney stack, and a projecting wing at the back; a modern addition of one storey has been built at the N. end, and the N.E. wing joins the rest of the building only at one corner. The E. front has a projecting upper storey supported on a moulded beam with curved brackets; both doorways are original, and two windows on the ground floor have moulded wood frames with mullions and transoms; on the first floor are two similar windows, but without transoms; the gabled dormer window is blocked. The ends of the house are gabled, and at the S. end are two blocked windows. The central chimney stack is of thin bricks, with square shafts. The S. wall of the N.E. wing is much restored, the other walls are of original timber and plaster. Interior:—At the S. end of the house a room on the ground floor has early 17th-century panelling, and an original door of moulded battens, with strap-hinges; the wide fireplace, partly filled in, has plastered moulded jambs and four-centred head, and a panelled overmantel with carved Ionic pilasters, carved frieze and dentil cornice. The doors of the staircase and rooms on the first floor are of moulded battens, with strap-hinges.

Condition—Bad; general repairs are needed to prevent further decay.

a(2). Farmhouse, about 150 yards W. of Hedgerley Church, is of two storeys, built possibly in the 16th century; a little of the original timber-framing remains; the house has been almost entirely re-faced with brick, the S. end in the 17th century, the front and back in the 19th century, and there are small modern additions at the back and at the N. end. The roofs are tiled. The large central chimney stack is original. Part of the garden wall is of 17th-century brick. A barn, S. of the house, with a half-hipped gable at each end, is built of early 17th-century brick; the roof is tiled.


b(3). Cottages, several, in one range, about ¼ mile S.W. of Hedgerley Church, are of two storeys, built in the 17th century, of brick, now almost entirely re-faced, except at the S. end. The roof is tiled. A projecting chimney stack, at the S. end, is of original brick and flint, and has two square shafts of brick. Some of the rooms have open joist ceilings, and in the southernmost cottage is a wide fireplace, partly filled in.

Condition—Fairly good, much restored.

a(4). Mount Pleasant Farm, on high ground about ½ mile N.W. of the village, is of two storeys, built in the 17th century, of brick and timber; the roof is tiled. There is a gable at each end, and at the N. end an original brick chimney stack with a square shaft.

Condition—Fairly good.