12 Facts About Amersham


Amersham is a market town and civil parish within the unitary authority of Buckinghamshire, England, in the Chiltern Hills, 27 miles northwest of central London, 15 miles from Aylesbury and 9 miles from High Wycombe.

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Amersham-on-the-Hill is built on the north side of the Misbourne valley on a small plateau that forms the watershed between the Misbourne and the neighbouring River Chess.

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Name “Amersham” is derived from the Old English for 'Ealhmund's village '.

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Amersham sent two Members of Parliament to the unreformed House of Commons from 1625, and was considered a rotten borough until the Reform Act 1832 stripped it of its representation.

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Early trade at Amersham Market was in local grain, much of which was sold to London merchants.

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Amersham's brother Henry Watkins was a royal servant, a page of the robes to Anne of Denmark.

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Halma, specialists in hazard and life protection products and headquartered in Old Amersham, is a member of the FTSE 100 index.

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In Old Amersham stands the Grade I listed Church of England St Mary's Church, a 13th-century building that has been altered over the years.

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Also in the town there is the Grade II* listed Amersham Meeting House, two Methodist churches, St John's in Woodside Road and another in the High Street, and King's Church Amersham, a free church.

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Amersham School opened on its current site in 1964 as the Brudenell County Secondary School .

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Amersham is served by several primary schools, including Our Lady's Roman Catholic Primary, Chestnut Lane School, Elangeni School, Chesham Bois Church of England School, St Mary's Church of England Primary School, St George's Church of England Infant School and Woodside Junior School.

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Amersham has a King George's Field in memorial to King George V Near the playing field is the "Chiltern Pools", one of the five venues used by the Amersham Swimming Club.

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