For the area in Birmingham,
England see Ley Hill, Birmingham
Ley Hill is a Chiltern village on the Bucks/Herts border near the town
Chesham in south-east England. It is part of the civil parish of
Latimer and Ley Hill, and comes under
Chiltern District Council
Chiltern District Council in the
County of Buckinghamshire.
Ley Hill lies in the
Chiltern Hills and is
contiguous with Botley. It is a small rural village and relatively
peaceful. It has an active village community, with events held
throughout the year, including the annual village produce show and
carol singing on the common at Christmas. There are many routes
through woods and fields for country walks or bike rides.
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The golf club uses a green woodpecker as its symbol. The school uses
the owl as its symbol. The cricket club uses an oak tree as its symbol
and The Swan pub is named after the swan which is the symbol of Bucks
County. In 2000 a village sign was hung up on the Common which
incorporates an owl as the unofficial village emblem.
The village has a large common, which is used by
Chesham and Ley Hill
Golf Club and
Ley Hill Cricket Club. Golf has been played on the
Common since about 1900.
There are two pubs on the Common called The Swan and The Crown that
both serve food.
The Swan was built in about 1520. In 1680 the timber framed building
consists of three cottages with five extensions, oak beamed ceilings
and pillars, a kitchen range and an Inglenook fireplace. It is
reputedly one of the oldest pub in Buckinghamshire. During the war the
"Snug" was a sub post office. Clark Gable and James Stewart were
frequent visitors during World War II, and signed photographs were
displayed in the bar for many years. They cycled from Bovingdon
Further down Botley Road is also the Hen and Chickens pub. The former
Five Bells pub in Tylers Hill is now closed and converted into a
The first church in
Ley Hill was the Baptist church which dates back
to meetings in 1786. The Chapel was built in 1833, as a branch of the
Lower Baptist Church in
Chesham (now Trinity Baptist), and it closed
in 1908 when the people joined the Methodist church.
A Methodist society was first registered in February 1841 as part of
the Primitive Methodist tradition and used to meet in local houses. It
was started by the Rev Thomas Green from the Rickmansworth Mission,
and has ever since been linked with Methodist churches in West
Hertfordshire. The first chapel was built in 1846. The current chapel
on the Green which was built in 1887 with 11 Trustees, and the land
was given by Lord Chesham. Today the church has an evangelical
congregation of all ages, with activities for young and old.
The village has an
Anglican Church called St George's at Tyler's Hill
which was built in 1871. The Bangay Rooms, named after Miss Bessie
Bangay, an active member of the church from 1910 until her death in
1987, are the location of the local Brownie meetings. Miss Bessie
Bangay was one of the first female
Anglican lay readers in England
(called Bishop's Messengers) when she was licensed in 1917, she used
to run a branch of the church at the Black Cat pub in Lye Green.
Ley Hill School is a primary school for boys and girls up to the age
of eleven when they take the 11+ examination. The current school
building was built in 1927. The former school was behind the Common
and in the building called "The Old Schoolhouse".
Most of the village common is used as a 9-hole golf course by Chesham
Ley Hill Golf Club. The common was given over to golf by Lord
Chesham in 1900.
Ley Hill Cricket Club is a village-standard club competing in the Mid
Bucks League. The club has four senior sides, as well as junior sides
from Under 9s upwards. In 2006 the club became the first in
Buckinghamshire to receive Clubmark accreditation.
Local industries include agriculture and brick-making. Historically
the village also had tile making and pottery, which are remembered in
the local names of
Tyler's Hill and Kiln Lane. In the mid-1980s an
extensive late medieval tile kiln (approx 1400) was found while
excavating an extension in Joiners Close. Dunton's brickworks
manufactured bricks until 2013.
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Neil Rees "The Life of a Village Chapel – The History of Ley Hill
Methodist Church", published 1987
Sheila Hart & Neil Rees "The Church by the Woods - St Georges
Church, Tylers Hill near Chesham" published 2011
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