History of Long Crendon Courthouse

Exterior of Long Crendon Courthouse, Buckinghamshire

Part of parish life for over 400 years, Long Crendon Courthouse has seen and heard many disputes and grievances in its time and was even used to house the local poor at one time.

Early history

We're not sure how old the building is. It could be from the 14th century at the earliest, and at the latest, to the 15th century as there aren't any early records of it.
While Long Crendon was a single manor with a single manor court, it was divided between three lords, none of whom had a manor house. As manors had to hold manor courts, the courthouse was very much needed. As early as the days of Henry V, one of the three manors was assigned as a dower house to his queen, Katharine of France.
The courts continued to be held in the upper room here by successive owners of the manors until the 1900s.
From 1500 onwards the court was held on Thursday of Whitsun week and was followed in the evening by a feast cooked in a kitchen downstairs.

Later years

  • In the 18th century, the building was used to house village paupers
  • Later in the 19th century, the building was used as a Sunday School
  • In the 1890s the building had fallen into decay
  • We bought the building in 1900 thanks to the campaign of the vicar
  • The building was repaired in 1901 by the Wilson family builders