Latimer, Buckinghamshire

 Latimer shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 977 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ005995
Shire countyBuckinghamshire
RegionSouth East
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town CHESHAM
Postcode district HP5
Dialling code 01494
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK ParliamentChesham & Amersham
List of places

Coordinates: 51°41′07″N 0°32′52″W / 51.68528°N 0.54764°W / 51.68528; -0.54764

Latimer is a village and civil parish that sits on the border between Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, in England. In 2013 the civil parish was renamed Latimer & Ley Hill. The parish forms part of the Buckinghamshire district of Chiltern. Latimer & Ley Hill parish includes the villages of Latimer, Ley Hill and Tyler's Hill.

Latimer was originally joined with the adjacent village of Chenies. Both were anciently called Isenhampstead, at a time when there was a royal palace in the vicinity. However, in the reign of King Edward III of England the lands were split between two manorial barons: Thomas Cheyne in the village that later became called 'Chenies', and William Latimer in this village. Latimer came into possession of the manor in 1326.

At the time of the English Civil War Latimer belonged to the Earl of Devonshire. When Charles I was captured by the Parliamentarian forces he was brought to Latimer on his way to London. The small village includes 17th and 18th century cottages around a triangular village green with a pump on it. The church of St Mary Magdelane was rebuilt by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1867. The rectory was built in the 18th century in grey and red brick.

Ley Hill is part of Latimer & Ley Hill parish and includes a Common, the Crown pub, the Swan pub and a Methodist Chapel. Tyler's Hill is also in Latimer & Ley Hill parish and includes St George's Anglican Church. The graveyard at Tyler's Hill which serves Ley Hill and Tyler's Hill is run by Latimer parish council.

The nearest railway station to Latimer is Chalfont and Latimer situated in the nearby town of Little Chalfont which is on the Chiltern Line between Aylesbury and London Marylebone with London Underground services between Baker Street and Amersham. See Chalfont & Latimer station.

Latimer was the location used in the Department S episode, "The Pied Piper of Hambledown." The episode first aired: Sept/30/1969

Latimer House is an historic country house just outside the village.


  1. Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 2 February 2013

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