village of Lewknor is a quiet village right at the foot of
the Chilterns where the motorway passes through the Stokenchurch
cutting. Since the construction of the motorway the B4009
has become a bypass for the village and the motorway has
blocked the direct road from the village to Aston Rowant.
village name is Old English, meaning the hill slope of
a man called Leofeca. The suffix 'nor' means a spring.
There has been a settlement here since at least 990AD
and excavation during the construction of the M40 motorway
confirmed that there was habitation in the area during
the Roman period.
of the cottages in Lewknor are built using flints and
some of the newer construction has been sympathetically
built in a similar style using the same materials. At
the centre of the village is the remnant of Town Pond
which at one time was used for watercress growing. The
cress was sent to London by train from the nearby halt
on the Watlington to Princes Risborough branch line (now
no longer there).
flint church of St. Margaret's was rebuilt and enlarged
in the 14th century and the tower was added in the 15th
century. Access to the church is through the village school
Some scenes from the popular TV series Midsomer Murders have been filmed in the village of Lewknor.
the village on the Chilterns escarpment is the Aston
Rowant Nature Reserve from which there are superb
views over the Oxford Plain.
Lewknor is at the junction
of the M40 motorway and the B4009.