Little Hampden, Buckinghamshire
Hampden, Little, a parish in Bucks, under the Chiltern Hills, 3½ miles E from Princes Eisborough railway station, and 3 S by W from Wendover. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Amersham. Acreage and population returned with Great Hampden. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Great Hampden, in the diocese of Oxford. The church, a small building of stone, dates from the middle of the 13th century.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Wycombe|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1660.
Church of England
dedication unknown (parish church)
The parish church (dedication unknown) is a very small but ancient building of stone and dating from about 1250, and consisting of chancel, nave and north porch with bell chamber over containing one bell: the chancel was rebuilt in 1859; on the south side of the chancel is a handsome piscina and an ancient stone figure of a bishop with a crozier in his left hand; his right hand being uplifted in the act of benediction: the original altar slab still exists: in 1907 some ancient frescoes were uncovered, one representing St. Christopher, another St. Peter and St. Paul, the remainder are fragmentary; further frescoes have since been discovered: the church was in part new roofed in 1906, and affords 50 sittings. In an addition to the churchyard, given by Llewellyn Atkinson esq. is a limestone cross, erected in memory of the men of Little Hampden who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Little Hampden was in Wycombe Registration District from 1837 to 1885
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Little Hampden from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Hampden, Little)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Little Hampden are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:
A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online