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Fingest is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. It is in the Chiltern Hills near the border with Oxfordshire, about six miles WSW of High Wycombe. It lies in the civil parish of Hambleden.
The village name of Fingest comes from the Anglo Saxon name Thinghurst, meaning ‘wooded hill where assemblies are made’. In the 16th century the name is recorded as Thingest and then Fingest. Although the early name is the etymological root of both ‘Tinghurst’ and ‘Fingest’, the latter doesn’t follow the former by any normal linguistic line.
The ancient parish of Fingest included Cadmore End to the north of the village, which became a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1852.
The manor of Fingest anciently belonged to St Albans Abbey, though in 1163 it was given to the bishop of Lincoln. After this time it was used as the country residence for the Lincoln diocese until 1547 when it was seized by the Crown. It was then given two years later to the Duke of Somerset who exchanged it with a property belonging to Wells Cathedral. The manor is now privately owned.
The civil parish of Fingest, originally based on the ecclesiastical parish, was enlarged in 1934 by adding land from the parishes of West Wycombe, Great Marlow and Hambleden. As a result Lane End became the largest settlement in the parish, and the parish was renamed
Fingest and Lane End in 1937. In the 1980s the civil parish was abolished. The larger part became the parish of Lane End, and the village of Fingest was added to Hambleden parish.
In May, 2013 George Clooney and Matt Damon arrived in Fingest to work on their new film. The actors, who have worked together several times, were filming the period drama Monuments Men, due to be shown in December 2013, alongside The Artist actor Jean Dujardin.