" Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour ”
( Matthew 25:13 )
19th Nov. 2nd Sunday before Advent
St Peter & St Paul
8am - Holy Communion
10am Parish Communion
6pm Taizé Service: Prayer & Music
St Mary's Ballinger
Little Hampden Church can be dated at least from the 12th century. Because of common ownership of land in Little Hampden and Hartwell, the church was linked with the church at Hartwell. Small daughter Churches like Little Hampden often had no dedication: this is still the case today. This association lasted until 1892 when Little Hampden church was joined with Great Hampden. Following the death of the Rev Percival Hill, the last Rector of Great and Little Hampden in 1985, Little Hampden was been joined to the parish of Great Missenden.
In this little church, built mostly of flint, the NAVE is barely larger than the chancel. It is entered by the north door, the south having been blocked up in the 18th century, when the two south windows were created. The two centre chancel arch was enlarged at about the same time using original stones, including one with a defaced 12 century moulding, the apex being completed in brick.
The most interesting features of the church are the WALL PAINTINGS in the nave, dating from the 13th to 15th centuries. On each side of the chancel arch are 13th century painted figures, which may possibly have represented a bishop and apostles before the chancel arch was cut out. On the south wall, an unusual position, the remains of a 14th century Weighing of the Souls (Doom) can be seen, with the Virgin Mary at one end of the scales and the Devil at the other. To the west of the north doorway is reputedly the oldest representation of St Christopher (13th century). To the east of the doorway, at eye-level, are two 13th century figures, probably St Peter holding a book and key and St Paul holding a sword. Above them, painted in the 15th century, is a large head of St Christopher with his right hand holding a staff.
The CHANCEL was almost completely rebuilt in the mid-19th century. At the east end of the south wall is a 13th century PISCINA with a band of running foliage, and in the same wall, a little to the west, is a much defaced 12th century figure of a bishop found during the Victorian restoration. At the west end of the north wall of the chancel is a small, low lancet window of the 12th century.
The ancient ALTAR STONE with five consecration crosses, was buried in the floor, presumably during the Reformation, and was restored to its present position in 1942.
The unusually large porch is a 15th century timber framed structure on a brick base with plaster filling. It has two storeys, the upper one housing a bell cast in 1791.
A visit to the churchyard on the south side of the church will show, apart from a fine view of Little Hampden valley, how the old road ran east-
The post code for the village of Little Hampden is HP16 9PS
From Amersham or South East of Great Missenden
Take the A413 to Great Missenden.
About 5 miles after Amersham, take left exit from second of a pair of roundabouts - A4128 Great Missenden. Right at first mini roundabout, ahead at second and fork left after about 300 yards - signposted Butlers Cross and Princes Risborough - into the Rignell Road.The turning for Little Hampden is 2 miles on the right immediately after a right turn signposted Cobblers Hill.
From High Wycombe
Take the A4128 to Great Missenden.
In Great Missenden just after the station at the bottom of the hill, turn left at a mini-roundabout. Fork left after about 300 yards - signposted Butlers Cross and Princes Risborough - into the Rignell Road. The turning for Little Hampden is 2 miles on the right immediately after a right turn signposted Cobblers Hill.
Take the A413 to Great Missenden.
About 5 miles after Wendover, take right exit from first of a pair of roundabouts - A4128 Great Missenden. Right at first mini roundabout, ahead at second and fork left after about 300 yards - signposted Butlers Cross and Princes Risborough - into the Rignell Road. The turning for Little Hampden is 2 miles on the right immediately after a right turn signposted Cobblers Hill.
In Little Hampden
Follow the road up the hill, through the double bend. The Church is on the left, opposite a letterbox.
Parking is available in the farmyard opposite (behind the letterbox) or further up the hill in another farmyard or on the common.