About Hampden Monument

Hampden Monument was built by Lord Nugent in the 19th century to commemorate John Hampden’s refusal to pay Ship Tax. Hampden 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 monument from which you can enjoy wonderful views across the valley and reflect on the historical Chilterns.


Directions (Google Maps)The monument is on Honor End Road with no parking available.

Parking: There is only informal off road parking on the Rignall Road with clear waymarkers signs through the woods, up the valley to the John Hampden Monument (Google Maps).

Please make sure you park responsibly! 

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

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

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How to find us

Honor End Lane
Great Missenden
HP16 9QZ

Google Maps

Arriva Bus 333,
334 from High Wycombe

Opening times

The Monument is free to visit and accessible all year.