Parish of Great Missenden with Ballinger and Little Hampden

Verse of the Week

" Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour

( Matthew 25:13 )

Service times

19th Nov. 2nd Sunday before Advent

St Peter & St Paul

8am - Holy Communion

10am Parish Communion

6pm Taizé Service: Prayer & Music

(Details of the Music)

St Mary's Ballinger

No service

Little Hampden

No service

A Description of the Parish

Great Missenden, looking towards London Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, lies in the Chiltern Hills 30 miles North West of London. It is situated at the head of the Misbourne Valley half way between Amersham and Wendover on the A413.

The parish consists of the village of Great Missenden and the hamlets of Little Hampden, Ballinger and South Heath. The Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul is set on the side of a hill overlooking the village. Two little 'daughter' churches serve the communities at Little Hampden and Ballinger.

Station RoadThe name 'Missenden' has Anglo-Saxon roots. Today, the countryside is a mix of woodland, pasture and arable. The principle local industry is still agriculture but most people work in London or nearby towns. There are a growing number of small service-orientated businesses in the village, some of which are home-based.

The village possesses a fine range of 16th/17th century buildings adapted over the years to changing needs and tastes. At the southern end of the village High Street is the medieval George Inn, behind which is the old manorial court house.

A little further on is Missenden Abbey. Founded as a monastery in 1133 the abbey was closed down in 1538. Since then the buildings have been changed and adapted to the meet the requirements of gracious living. The house is now a training centre offering a wide range of courses.

Great Missenden, looking south

Although forced to compete with the facilities available in nearby towns, there is a good range of shops, banks, a library and other service providers . There is a good rail service direct to London (Marylebone) provided by Chiltern Railways.


Useful links for Visitors

Great Missenden on Wikipedia

AboutBritain Entry

Missenden Abbey

Church Crawler - includes information and photographs of some of Great Missenden's Churches.

The Chiltern Society - aims to maintain the special qualities of the Chiltern Hills.

Roald Dahl

The Roald Dahl Museum - on Great Missenden High Street. Information about the Museum, events calendar and more.

The Roald Dahl Homepage - a detailed account of Roald Dahl, who lived in Great Missenden and was buried in St. Peter & St. Paul's graveyard in 1990.