Medmenham Abbey

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Coordinates: 51°33′14″N0°50′17″W / 51.554°N 0.838°W


St Peter's parish church

Medmenham shown within Buckinghamshire
Population960 [1]
OS grid referenceSU8084
Shire countyBuckinghamshire
RegionSouth East
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMarlow
Postcode districtSL7
Dialling code01491
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK ParliamentWycombe
List of places: UK • England • Buckinghamshire

Properties for sale in Medmenham, Buckinghamshire from Savills, world leading estate agents. From country estates to city apartments, your ideal property is just a click away. Medmenham abbey is built on the site of, and possibly incorporating some masonry from, the cistercian abbey of st mary which was founded in 1204. The ruinous abbey house, which sits adjacent to the old site of the abbey, was rented by sir francis dashwood, afterwards lord le de spencer, and in the early 1700’s was restored for.

Medmenham is a village and civil parish in the Wycombe district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is on the River Thames, about three and a half miles southwest of Marlow and three miles east of Henley-on-Thames.

It is a prosperous village that is popular with many executives who work in London and the nearby towns of High Wycombe and Maidenhead.


The toponym is derived from the Old English for 'middle-sized homestead'. An alternative explanation of the name is from the Saxon leader Meda, whose followers were known as Medings, hence Medin'ham, Medham, or Medmenham. It was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Medmeham.


The village includes some old timber framed brick and flint cottages and some estate workers cottages built at the beginning of the 20th century from local chalk rock. The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter was heavily restored in 1839. The Dog and Badger Inn on the A4155 road dates from late in the 16th century, the name having been transferred from the inn at Hambleden which was renamed the Stag and Huntsman.

The village lane ends at the Old Ferry crossing which ceased to be used after the Second World War. It was where the Thames towpath crossed from the Buckinghamshire to Berkshire bank of the river. On the towpath beside the former ferry crossing stands the large Medmenham Ferry Memorial that commemorates Lord Devonport's successful 1899 defence of the public right-of-way over the ferry.

Next to the village, but separated from it by the A4155, is the first of two Iron Agehill forts, Medmenham Camp. Danesfield Camp also known as Danes Ditches is located slightly further along the road to the east near to the village of Hurley.[2]


Also attached to the village are the hamlets of Lower Woodend and Rockwell End.


A Cistercian abbey was founded in Medmenham in the 12th century, under the ownership of Woburn Abbey, though it was not officially recognised by royal charter until 1200. In 1547 at the Dissolution of the Monasteries the abbey was seized and given to the Moore family, and then sold privately to the Duffields. It was while in the possession of the Duffields that the abbey became infamous as the location of The Hellfire Club, formerly called the Monks of Medmenham.

In 1755, when Sir Francis Dashwood acquired the ruins of the ancient abbey from the Duffield family he and John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich attended a service at St. Peter's parish church in Medmenham where Sandwich released a small monkey in the church. The regular devotees fled in horror, sure that Satan himself had invaded their place of worship. Today the abbey is a private residence and is not open to the public.

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  1. ^Neighbourhood Statistics 2001 Census
  2. ^Bucks Archaeological Service Later Bronze Age and Iron Age Historic Environment Resource Assessment, retrieved 23 April 2009

Medmenham Abbey Stained Glass

External links

  • Medmenham information from Wycombe District Council
  • UK & Ireland Genealogy — Medmenham historical information
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Medmenham Abbey Buckinghamshire

Medmenham Court is set in the rural heart of the Thames Valley, and offers an unrivalled quality of life. The property lies almost equidistant between the beautiful towns of Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, and is a convenient 35 miles from London. Marlow has a huge variety of amenities and sporting activities on the doorstep. Local golf clubs include: Harleyford Golf, Temple Club, Hatton Golf and Bisham Abbey.

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Both towns enjoy a historic High Street and a wealth of shops, boutiques, cafés and celebrated nearby eateries. These include The Compleat Angler and Michelin-starred restaurants The Hand and Flowers at Marlow, The Fat Duck at Bray and The Sir Charles Napier in Chinnor.


Approached from the Henley Road, which links Marlow with Medmenham, Medmenham Court is close to Danesfield House, a magnificent four star hotel / restaurant and spa. Schools in the area include Eton, Wellington, Shiplake, Bradfield and Pangbourne Colleges, Wycombe Abbey, St Piran’s in Maidenhead and Davenies in Beaconsfield.