In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Penn like this:
PENN, a village and a parish in Amersham district, Bucks. The village stands on an eminence, 2 miles N E of Loudwater r. station, and 4 S W of Amersham; presents a picturesque appearance; and has a post-office‡under Amersham. The parish contains also the hamlets of Penn-Street, Forty-Green, and Knocklock's-Green. Acres, 4, 270. Real property, £4, 612. Pop. in 1851, 1, 254; in 1861, 1,096. Houses, 246. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Earl Howe. Penn House is the residence of Viscount Curzon. ...
The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £300.* Patron, Earl Howe. The church is very ancientbut good; has a later English tower and spire; and contains monuments of the Penns and the Curzons. The tower commands a view over portions of twelve counties. The p. curacy of Penn-Street is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, and a national school.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Penn has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Chiltern. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Penn and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Penn, in Chiltern and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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