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St Michael, Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

(51°39′9″N, 0°45′9″W)
SU 864 956
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Buckinghamshire
now Buckinghamshire
  • Ron Baxter
15 September 2011

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Hughenden is the old name of the village now called Hughenden Valley, and is retained by the manor house remodelled by E B Lamb for the Disraelis in 1862 and now owned by the National Trust. The church and manor house stand in an extensive park a mile to the S of the modern village, on the N edge of High Wycombe in the S of the county. St Michael's has a long chancel with a N chapel containing an organ and 16thc fakes of medieval tomb effigies. The nave has a S porch and a N aisle with a tower at its W end. The church is 14thc in origin but was almost entirely rebuilt by Sir A W Blomfield in 1875. The only Romanesque feature is the font


Hughenden was held in 1066 by Queen Edith, and in 1086 by the Bishop of Bayeux, and from him by William, son of Oger. It was assessed at 10 hides. After the Bishop's forfeiture it passed to the Crown, and was bestowed by Henry I on his Lord Chamberlain, Geoffrey de Clinton. His tenant was Geoffrey de Sancto Roerio, and it was at his request that the amnor was bestowed on Kenilworth Priory in 1122. Geoffrey de Sancto Roerio's descendants took the name of Hughenden and held the manor from the priory, and it remained in this family until the 14thc. The advowson of the church was with the manor until the church was given to Kenilworth Priory by Nicholas de Hughenden early in the reign of Henry II.





The Listed Building entry dates the font to the 13thc, and Pevsner and Williamson (1994) and RCHME to the early 13thc. It is included here as it includes Romanesque decorative forms, but the author accepts the early-13thc date.


Historic England Listed Building 46570

N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire. London 1960, 2nd ed. 1994, 404-05.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Buckingham. Volume 1 (south). London 1912, 209-11.

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire. III (1925), 57-62.