Amersham existed as far back as the 8th century, and the Domesday Book lists no fewer than 6 manors in the area, one belonging to the wife of Edward the Confessor. The High Street is a delight, with historic buildings covering a wide variety of periods lining the broad roadway. Of particular note are the rows of 17th and 18th century buiildings, and the town hall, rising on arches in the centre of the High Street. There are also a row of small almshouses.
Amersham hosts an annual Charter Fair for two days each September. The fair has its roots in a charter granted in 1200 by King John.
The Amersham Museum hosts regular guided walks through Amersham Old Town. The museum itself is housed in a half-timbered merchant's hall dating from the 15th century. Within the hall are exhibits tracing the history and archaeology of the area, including medieval wall paintings, lacemaking, costumes, fossils, and local crafts.
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SU963 984
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