Pictures of Hambleden
You can now buy stock photos of Hambleden - Click here
Hambleden is an attractive village set in the valley of the Chilterns, close to the River Thames. It has a "Picture-Postcard" image with pretty flint and stone cottages spread out around the church.
Sheltering beneath a Chestnut tree, and believed to be still in use is the old village pump, this stands raised on a square opposite a tumble of houses with tiled roofs, tall chimney pots and pretty gardens.
On the banks of the Thames, reached by a road once used by the Romans, is the handsome white-timbered Hambleden Mill believed to date back to the 14th century - this is now converted into luxury apartments, but although the interior may be much altered the exterior of the building still retains its timeless charm. Near to this is Hambleden Lock where the river can be crossed via a narrow bridge to the Berkshire banks of the Thames.
The village is recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086, it received its Royal in 1315 giving it the right to hold a market and a fair on St.Bartholomew's Day (August 24th), although this was discontinued later.
Probably the best known building in the village is the 14th century church dedicated to St.Mary the Virgin. The church shows alterations of a later date, this includes the tower which was rebuilt in 1721. Amongst the treasures to be seen in this spacious church are a beautifully carved Norman font, which is believed to have been used to baptize Thomas Cantelupe, who was canonized. The chancel contains lovely carving, a beautiful sedilia and piscina. On the walls visitors will note many interesting brasses, but it is the north transept which contains one of the churches finest features - the impressive monument dedicated to Sir Cope D'Oyley, his wife Martha and their ten children. Interestingly, father and sons are dressed in Royalist costume, with mother and daughters clothed as Roundheads. Sir Cope D'Oyley died in 1633, the monument shows the entire family kneeling in prayer.
Latter day history records the village to be the birthplace of William Henry Smith who founded the famous book-store chain W.H. Smith in 1821.
Anyone visiting the area will find plenty to see and do, it is a particularly pleasant place for walking with walks designed to take in the best of Chiltern scenery, passing through beechwoods and other nearby hamlets with a wealth of interesting, expensive properties. There are also lovely riverside strolls where you can enjoy grassy banks, see colourful river boats and enjoy watching the rich wildlife of the river.
The village is home to the noted Stag and Huntsman Inn which can be found in the middle of the village, it has a restaurant and offers overnight accommodation.
On arriving in Hambleden casting an immediate glance at the quintessential Englishness of your surroundings, you could easily feel you have seen it before - this is due to the village's popularity as a backdrop for some of today's film and television shows.
Planning a visit to Hambleden?
Please support the Pictures of England website by booking your Hambleden hotels & accommodation through this site.
Add town to favourites
Recommended towns & villages near Hambleden
All towns in BuckinghamshireComplete A to Z of towns in England
|(2.7 miles, 4.3 km, direction SW)|
Henley held the very first regatta in 1839 and in the year 1851 Prince Albert became Patron of the Regatta, thus giving the event the pretigious title of Royal Henley Regatta...
Information | Pictures (137) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(5.2 miles, 8.3 km, direction W)|
Nettlebed is a lovely English village in the heart of rural Oxfordshire...
Information | Pictures (7) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(6.9 miles, 11.0 km, direction S)|
"the most fairy-like little nook on the whole river". - Jerome K. Jerome..
Information | Pictures (13) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(9.3 miles, 14.9 km, direction SW)|
This town lies on the extremities of the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills at a point where the waters of the rivers Thames and Kennet meet making the River Thames a major river for the rest of its journey to the sea...
Information | Pictures (182) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(12.7 miles, 20.5 km, direction SE)|
Windsor, or rather Royal Windsor, is a seductive mix of history and romance with a unique atmosphere. It is a place where the sense of history is never far away, it is a town.....
Information | Pictures (216) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
Recommended attractions near Hambleden
All attractions in HambledenAll attractions in BuckinghamshireComplete A to Z of attractions in England
|(1.6 miles, 2.5 km, direction SW)|
Information | Pictures (5) | Hotels
|(2.7 miles, 4.3 km, direction SW)|
This is a magnificent 14th-century Grade I listed church hall. Its timber-framing is typical of the late medieval period, and.....
Information | Pictures (1) | Hotels
|(4.0 miles, 6.5 km, direction SW)|
Intriguing Tudor Manor with 14th-century fortifications, and Ornamental gardens set within medieval walls. Things to see include.....
Information | Pictures (37) | Hotels
|(5.7 miles, 9.1 km, direction NE)|
Perfectly preserved rococo landscape garden, surrounding a neo-classical mansion...
Information | Pictures (4) | Hotels
|(6.5 miles, 10.5 km, direction W)|
Nuffield Place is the former home (1933-63) of Lord Nuffield who was the founder of Morris Motors. The house is a rare survival.....
Information | Pictures (1) | Hotels
Hotels & Accommodation in Hambleden
Hambleden Hotels Hambleden Cottages Hambleden Bed & Breakfast
All Accommodation in Hambleden..
The Stag and Huntsman at Hambleden
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England (0.2 miles, 0.2 km)
Nestled in the Chiltern Hills, just north of the River Thames as it winds through Buckinghamshire, The Stag and Huntsman is situated in the picturesque village of Hambleden. It boasts free Wi-Fi and f...
More info and book online.. Price from £90.00
Henley Business School
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England (0.7 miles, 1.2 km)
In 30 acres of beautiful grounds in the Oxfordshire countryside, Henley Business School provides well-appointed accommodation by the River Thames. With a restaurant, bar and fitness centre, the Greenl...
More info and book online.. Price from £55.00
Danesfield House Hotel And Spa
Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England (2.3 miles, 3.7 km, direction SE)
Set within 65 acres of magnificent estate grounds, high in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, this stunning 4-star hotel offers luxury and elegance, with stunning views overlooking the River Thames....
More info and book online.. Price from £139.00
Phyllis Court Club
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England (2.4 miles, 3.9 km, direction SW)
Founded in 1906, Phyllis Court Club is situated in a historical manor which dates back to 1301. Guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens, a library equipped with computers and free Wi-Fi, and view of th...
More info and book online.. Price from £100.00
Hotel du Vin Henley
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England (2.6 miles, 4.1 km, direction SW)
This historic former brewery boasts light and elegant rooms with rustic, original features and fine Egyptian linen. Just 45 metres from the beautiful riverside, the hotel features its own French bistr...
More info and book online.. Price from £115.00
See all Hambleden reviews..
Please login to make a review
Nearby travel help
|Henley-on-Thames Station||(3.0 miles, 4.8 km, direction SW)|
|Shiplake Station||(4.4 miles, 7.0 km, direction S)|
|M40 Junction 4||(5.3 miles, 8.5 km, direction NE)|
|A404(M) Junction 9B||(5.7 miles, 9.2 km, direction SE)|
|London Heathrow Airport||(19.4 miles, 31.2 km, direction E)|
|London Luton Airport||(30.0 miles, 48.3 km, direction NE)|
|Hambleden to London||(32.4 miles, 52.2 km, direction E)||
Member created tours