St Nicholas' parish church
Hedsor is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population95 [1]
OS grid referenceSU9187
Civil parish
  • Hedsor
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHigh Wycombe
Postcode districtHP10
Post townMaidenhead
Postcode districtSL6
Post townBourne End
Postcode districtSL8
Dialling code01628
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°34′12″N 0°40′52″W / 51.570°N 0.681°W / 51.570; -0.681

Hedsor is a small village and civil parish in Wycombe district in Buckinghamshire, England, in the very south of the county, near the River Thames and Bourne End. It is in the civil parish of Wooburn.[2]

The village toponym is derived from the Old English for "Hædde's cliff", referring to the position of the village on a cliff overlooking the Thames.

Hedsor House was the ancient seat of the de Hedsor family, who took their name from the village. They owned it at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. The modern manor house was built in 1778, and stands on a hill in the village with a commanding view of the Thames and of Berkshire.

In 1583 Rowland Hynd built a new Tudor manor house at Hedsor which was badly damaged by fire in 1795 and eventually demolished in 1865. At about this time the fourth Lord Boston commissioned the architect James Knowles[clarification needed] to design a new house at Hedsor.

Hedsor House remained as the Boston family's country house until early in the 20th century, during which time Queen Victoria was said to be a frequent visitor to the house and its beautiful surrounding parkland.

Rowland Hynd had the Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas "re-edified" in 1608.


  1. ^ Wycombe DC Parish Fact file 2001 Census Archived 2006-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 'Parishes: Hedsor', in W. Page (ed.), A History of the County of Buckingham, Vol. 3 (V.C.H., London 1925), pp. 54-57 (British History Online accessed 28 September 2023).