Fingest

Fingest is a huddle of houses centred around the Norman church with its unusual saddle-back roofed tower. No doubt this community came into being here because of the several springs which are still around, which would have been a convenient supply of water.

The surrounding farm land is basically chalky, but there is both silt and gravel close to the water sources. The poorer tops of the hills are rough pasture or woodland, mainly beech, but in recent times some conifer has been planted.

Fingest Manor of comparatively recent birth, is set on the site of an old abbey. There are stories of tunnels from the abbey to the church and of course ghostly ladies who roam around. The original name of Fingest Manor was Tingehurst which was once the name of the village. At the entrance to the driveway to the house is the old village pound. Stray animals were collected up and put in the pound and no doubt a fine of some sort would have been paid to get them out again.

Apart from the church which is within the Hambleden Valley group of churches, the meeting place in Fingest is the Chequers Inn.
Early in the century it is said that there was a tiny school, run by the incumbent of the church, in what is now the old rectory. Alas no school now, not even a village hall.

Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "The Buckinghamshire Village Book" (1987) and reproduced here with their permission