Loosley Row

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Coordinates: 51°41′50″N 0°49′20″W / 51.697340°N 0.822179°W / 51.697340; -0.822179

Loosley Row
Loosley Row is located in Buckinghamshire
Loosley Row
Loosley Row
 Loosley Row shown within Buckinghamshire
OS grid reference SP815005
Civil parish Princes Risborough
District Wycombe
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HP27
Dialling code 01844
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
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Loosley Row is a hamlet in the parish of Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. It is located in the Chiltern Hills to the east of the main town of Princes Risborough.

The hamlet name derives from the Old English hlose-leah, and means 'pigstye-clearing'. It is often said that the hamlet was named after the Loosley family (fairly prolific in the area) but it is, in fact, the other way round - the family was named after the place.

The Domesday book talks of the large number of pigs at (Princes) Risborough. Pigs were often found in clearings at the edges of the woods, the animals allowed to wander through sectioned areas of the woods. The row of piggeries in the lea of the woods became the start of a settlement called Loosley Row. Loosley Row stretched from Brimmer's Farm, east of Princes Risborough, round the side of the hill to the hamlet we know today. It included Wardrobes farm and Wardrobes House.