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Few of London’s commuting towns promise a more scenic location than Amersham. It may be a short tube-ride from the capital, but the surrounding Chiltern Hills give a true sense of rural seclusion.
Most visitors come to explore the area known as Old Amersham, which is famed for its designer boutiques and historical atmosphere. Coaching inns and quaint pubs add to this appeal, as does the great choice of restaurants.
Contrasting this old world charm is the modern counterpart, Amersham on the Hill. Following the arrival of the Metropolitan line, this area was developed with new housing and infrastructure. For those relocating, it gives a wide choice of properties, from contemporary flats to cottages and spacious houses.
Just a short walking distance from the town centre, the Buckinghamshire countryside unfolds. Fans of the outdoors can make use of the numerous walking routes, including the picturesque Chiltern Heritage Trail. Other attractions include the Chiltern Open Air Museum, which regularly hosts outdoor events, and the impressive Tudor estate of Chenies Manor.
Aside from its beauty, Amersham remains a practical location for families thanks to its first-rate schools. This encourages many newcomers to settle in this sought-after catchment area.
Amersham’s location within the commuter belt offers quick and easy access to central London and other commuter towns. At Amersham station, services are shared between mainline train departures and the London Underground. Sat on the Metropolitan line, frequent trains run to Aldgate, stopping at Baker Street, which takes approximately 50 minutes.
Otherwise, commuters have the option of Overground trains served by Chiltern Railways. During peak times, trains to London Marylebone run every 30 minutes, and take approximately 39 minutes. A direct service to Aylesbury is just as convenient, with an average of 48 per day, taking as little as 25 minutes.
With close proximity to the M25 and M40, Amersham is also convenient for those travelling by car. London is only 27 miles away and Heathrow Airport can be reached in under 45 minutes.
As a well-known catchment area covering some of the best schools in Buckinghamshire, parents have plenty of choice in Amersham.
At primary level there are several options, including Chesham Bois Church of England School and Chestnut Lane School. There are also two private preparatory schools, the Beacon School for boys and Heatherton House for Girls.
For children aged 11 to 18, renowned secondary establishments include Dr Challoner’s Grammar School and Dr Challoner’s High School for girls. Both of these share a rich heritage dating back to 1624. Chesham Grammar School has been voted among the top 100 performing schools in the country based on GCSE results.
Those embarking on further education can study at Amersham & Wycombe College. University-accredited courses are available, as well as apprenticeships and work-based learning.
Amersham has long been a thriving market community. Traders were encouraged to the area thanks to its prime agricultural land and location on the banks of the River Misborne. Although records suggest a settlement was formed in pre-Anglo-Saxon times, the area wasn’t officially mentioned until the Domesday survey of 1086. During this time, it was little more than a small hamlet with a ‘meadow for 16 ploughs’.
Although it was popular for its Friday market, Amersham remained a sleepy village until the 19th century. During this period, it was the first coach stop for those travelling from the capital to Birmingham. As such, many local businesses flourished to cater for this new demand. Other industries brought prosperity, including chair-making and breweries.
During the 20th century, improvements to infrastructure put Amersham on the map as a sought-after shopping destination. Due to its rural charm and picturesque Georgian buildings, it attracted tourists and visitors from nearby London. That quaint character is still present today as its heritage is kept alive on the winding streets of Old Amersham.
Learn more about the area’s fascinating past, explore the surrounding countryside or have some fun at one of the many family-friendly attractions. There are plenty of things to do in and around Amersham. Here are some of the highlights: