Alternative Names Church Loft
Location 45-54 High Street, West Wycombe
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened Unknown
Year closed Unknown
Building Type Lock-Up
Remarks Building is Grade II* listed but lock-up not referenced in building description. Church Loft built in the fifteenth century but 'lock-up was probably added at a later date' (Roy's blog). Lock up door on left of carriage-way beneath building connecting High Street with Church Lane. May also have been the site of the whipping post (Wycombe District Council).
'Late C15. Original timber frame, later red brick nogging, old tiled roof with square wood early C18 bell turret carrying weather vane. 2 storeys, 1st floor oversailing on 5 brackets and moulded beam; ground floor divided by posts and brackets into 3½ bays, left hand bay open and forming a carriage-way to Church Lane. 2 ground floor doors and 6 casements, partly modern and partly restored, all with timber 4 centred pointed arches, 4 leaded 1st floor wood mullion casements, 3 light except on right hand side 2 light, all modern but with some old glass. Interior of 1st floor said to contain open Queen post roof, V.C.H., III, p135; R.C.H.M; p 519. Nos 35 to 37 (consec), The Church Loft, Nos 45 to 54 (consec), Nos 56 to 59 (consec) Steps House, The Plough Inn, The Apple Orchard, The Old Smithy, West Wycombe Estate Office, Rose Cottage and Ness Cottage form a group.'
Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Church Loft, High Street', West Wycombe, LEN1125134
'Church Loft is one of the oldest buildings in the village, having been dated to the early 15th century.... The lower floor seems to have been small medieval shop units, although later records suggest they were used as tenements during the 19th century. The left hand bay is open as a carriageway to Church Lane and contains the Village lock-up and whipping post. '
Wycombe District Council, 'Conservation Area Character Survey West Wycombe', p.10.