Hampden Monument

About Hampden Monument

Hampden Monument was built by Sir William Erle, Lord Chief Justice in the 19th century to commemorate John Hampden’s refusal to pay Ship Tax. Hampden (1653-1696) was an English Civil War hero who opposed King Charles’s imposition of ship money. The inscription reads, “For these lands in Stoke Mandeville, John Hampden was assessed in twenty shillings Ship Money levied by command of the King without authority of law”. An important political and military leader, the monument is just one of the many legacies left by John Hampden in the Chilterns.

The Society is proud to maintain the Hamden Monument, from which you can enjoy wonderful views across the valley and reflect on the historical Chilterns.

How to find it

Honor End Lane, Prestwood, Great Missenden, HP16 9QZ.
Find Hampden Monument on Google Maps and What3Words.

Bus: Arriva routes 333 and 334 from High Wycombe.

Parking: The monument itself is on Honor End Road with no parking available. Only informal off road parking is available on the Rignall Road (here on Google Maps), with clear waymark signs through the woods, up the valley to the John Hampden Monument. Please park responsibly!

Prior to visiting, download our Hampden Monument Walks Leaflet for a local walk.
We also have hundreds of other Chiltern Walks Leaflets for you to enjoy.

Opening times

Free to visit and open all year.

Please visit the Chiltern Society Directory for the Site Co-ordinator’s contact details.

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