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Lane End
Lane End is located in Buckinghamshire
Lane End
Lane End
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population3,583 (2001)[1]
OS grid referenceSU810922
Civil parish
  • Lane End
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHP14
Dialling code01494
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteLane End Parish Council
List of places
51°37′22″N 0°49′45″W / 51.622757°N 0.829068°W / 51.622757; -0.829068Coordinates: 51°37′22″N 0°49′45″W / 51.622757°N 0.829068°W / 51.622757; -0.829068

Lane End is a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire, England. It is just south of the M40 from High Wycombe, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Booker. The village is twinned with Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron in France.

The village is situated in the Chilterns, around 650 feet (200 m) above sea level, in rolling hills of farmland, beech woods and footpaths.

The civil parish includes the hamlets of Cadmore End, Ditchfield, Moor Common and Moor End, and had a population of 3,583 at the 2001 Census.[1]


Lane End was historically on the borders of the parishes of Great Marlow, Hambleden, Fingest and West Wycombe, with a small part (Ackhampstead) belonging to the parish of Lewknor in Oxfordshire until 1895. In 1867 the ecclesiastical parish of Lane End was formed from the neighbouring parishes.[2] The village continued to be divided between the four neighbouring civil parishes until 1934, when the parts within Great Marlow, Hambleden and West Wycombe civil parishes were transferred to Fingest (renamed Fingest and Lane End in 1937).[3] In the 1980s the parish of Fingest and Lane End was abolished, and the civil parish of Lane End was formed.

In addition to working the land to provide wheat and barley to the breweries in Marlow and Henley, the inhabitants traditionally manufactured chairs or worked in a local iron foundry.[4]

During the Second World War, King Zog of Albania lived at Parmoor House in Frieth, a hamlet a mile south of Lane End, and with many Albanians living in Lane End, used to attend village events.

According to local legend, the village is haunted by the ghost of a girl in a red dress, who died two weeks before her wedding day in 1766.[5]


The oldest church in the village is the Methodist church which started as a congregational church, meeting in a chapel in Marlow Road in 1801. Later this was replaced by a chapel, built in 1835, which is now Lane End Studios. A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1866, but the congregation now meets at the Parish Church at 11:15 on Sunday mornings

The parish is served by the church of the Holy Trinity in Ditchfield Common, which was built in 1832. (see It is part of a team ministry of 4 churches - Lane End, Stokenchurch, Cadmore End and Ibstone served by a Team Rector in Stokenchurch and a Team Vicar in Lane End. It is one of twenty-seven churches in the Deanery of Wycombe within the Diocese of Oxford (see which in turn is part of the Church of England in the Province of Canterbury in the United Kingdom - our Mother Church is Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

A Gospel mission hall dating from 1888 at Moor End now meets as the Elim Christian Centre in the centre of the village near the large estate area.

Holy Trinity Church Lane End
Holy Trinity Church Lane End


The village school formerly known as Francis Edmonds and now known as Lane End Primary School, takes local children from the age of two until secondary school age.

Lane End Youth and Community Centre is central to the village and is used for a variety of exercise classes, holiday play schemes, lunches for the local elderly residents, coffee mornings, computer classes, band practice and dog obedience classes. The centre is also used by the local and wider community for private functions.

The village hall is used for dances, jumble sales, bridge club, bingo, The Lane End Players and home to the parish council.

The village now has just one pub the Grouse and Ale (previously known as the Clayton Arms). The Osborne Arms is now an Indian Restaurant. The Old Sun pub closed in 2010 and has been converted into a private residence with two additional properties built on the former garden area and space freed up by demolition. The Jolly Blacksmith at Ditchfield still has its Pub Sign but closed many years ago. The Chairmakers Arms closed around 2000 and is now two private houses situated in the Row. One of the Houses has kept the name and is called Chairmakers.

The village has two ponds, one on the High Street, the other located approximately 80m away on The Row.

Shops on or near the High Street include a butcher, a chemist, a newsagent and a hairdresser.

Lane End is a starting spot for ramblers who journey down the Hambleden valley to look out for the red kite, the windmill at Turville or just to admire the countryside.

Lane End also has a very active conservation group, Lane End Conservation Group, members of which contribute to the parish by carrying out valuable work to improve the environment for locals and visitors.

Lane End has been twinned with St Pierre d'Oleron on the West coast of France since 1999 - the Lane End Twinning Association promotes the links between the two communities and celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2019.


Lane End has been long home to two small industrial estates, where several companies are based. Most notable of these companies is the global operation for ELGA LabWater, part of the enormous worldwide Veolia Environment group. It is also home to the popular food chain, Phil’s Dirty Burger where ex-television personality Randy Bobandy works and resides.

Transport links

Lane End is connected by infrequent bus routes to the neighbouring town of High Wycombe, and several small nearby villages. Red Eagle Buses operate routes 28/28A/28C to High Wycombe and Stokenchurch, while Arriva Shires & Essex operate Route 48 to High Wycombe.


In the fantasy police procedural novel "The Hanging Tree" by Ben Aaronovitch, the first confrontation between the Met police wizards and the main villain (the Faceless Man) is described as occurring just outside Lane End [6]

Notable residents

Thomas Stapleton, an English paediatrician, retired to The Foundry Cottage in the village, upon his return to England after working in Australia since 1960; he died there in 2007.[7][8] He is commemorated by a memorial bench there, with a plaque noting that he "Helped improve the health of children around the world", in English and Chinese.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Fact File 59: Lane End Parish" (PDF). Wycombe District Council. December 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Lane End EP through time | Census tables with data for the Ecclesiastical Parish". Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Fingest and Lane End CP/AP through time | Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit". Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ Gazetteer (1870-72) cited on Vision of Britain website
  5. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 267. ISBN 9780340165973.
  6. ^ Aaronovitch, Ben (2016). The Hanging Tree. Gollancz, London. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-575-13255-9.
  7. ^ Davis, John A (1 March 2008). "Thomas Stapleton". BMJ. 336 (7642): 513. doi:10.1136/bmj.39491.712014.BE. PMC 2258391.
  8. ^ Zetterström, Rolf (August 2008). "The history of the International Paediatric Association by Thomas Stapleton". Acta Pædiatrica. 97 (8): 1150. doi:10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.00819.x.
  9. ^ "Professor Thomas Stapleton". OpenBenches. Retrieved 2 April 2021.

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