Loudwater sign depicting a mill that once stood there
|Loudwater shown within Buckinghamshire|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||HIGH WYCOMBE|
|Dialling code||01494, 01628|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Loudwater is a hamlet in the parish of Chepping Wycombe (where the 2011 Census population was included) in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located in the valley to the east of the main town, on the A40 London Road.
The brick built St Peter's Church dates from 1788 with a gothic style chancel added in 1903 and further improvements in recent years, including new windows. On the London Road there is a Victorian mansion called Burleighfield House that was once the studio of the stained glass designer Patrick Reyntiens.
Today there is little to distinguish the hamlet from the urban sprawl of High Wycombe, though it is signed along the London Road. A 1744 milestone can still be seen and there is also still a traditional village pub 'The Derehams Inn' in Derehams Lane.
Loudwater is home to several retail and industrial concerns - a large Tesco supermarket, the world's largest envelope supplier,an industrial estate, a small retail park, a Brewers Fayre motel and also the office of the local newspaper, the Bucks Free Press. The M40 motorway crosses over the valley close to the village, and facilitates the eastbound only Junction 3, signposted as 'Wycombe East'.
Loudwater was once served by the High Wycombe to Bourne End railway line, the station being situated at the bottom of Treadaway Hill. The line and station closed in 1970. Also, just past St Peters Church, there is a primary school called Loudwater Combined School.
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