The style of traditional architecture found in the Chilterns is naturally governed by the raw materials found in the area. Brick and flint is the vernacular style.
The Chiltern Hills have no shortage of chalk for making cement, and no less clay for brickmaking; indeed, both industries can be found to this day in the Chilterns. Flint was used in construction where locally available, although nowadays its used to purely decorative effect, dressing the facings of houses and walls.
The Chilterns vernacular is brick and flint a traditional building style found in every village from Great Missenden to Wendover and from Speen to the Lee.
Also typical are the whitewashed cottages with red pantiled rooves found dotted amongst the villages, hillsides and valleys.