The Chess Valley Walk – is a station-to-station, 10 mile (or shorter) linear walk following the valley of the little River Chess from Chesham to Rickmansworth, touching the villages of Latimer, Chenies (and Chenies Manor) and Sarratt. The landscape is rich in wildlife: keep an eye out for kingfishers, water voles, brown trout and dragonflies.
The town is known for its four Bs, usually quoted as:- boots, beer, brushes and Baptists. Chesham's prosperity grew significantly during the 18th and 19th centuries with the development of manufacturing industry.
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† prior to boundary changes in 1974 reducing size of Chesham Town area
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Residential areas of the town are connected with the central shopping area. Chesham is also connected by services to nearby Amersham, and further afield to High Wycombe, Hemel Hempstead, and Uxbridge. Less frequent services run to Aylesbury and to surrounding villages.
William the Conqueror paused at nearby Berkhamsted in 1066 en route to London. Henry VIII imposed a tax on the town to pay for his wars against Scotland and France.
A clock tower constructed in 1992 stands in Market Square on the site of Chesham's 18th-century town hall demolished in 1965. The turret is a reconstruction of the one built onto the original town hall in the 19th century and features the original glass-dialled clock face and clock mechanism from the mid 19th century. (see info box).
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Chesham's Local Produce Market – has been voted Britain's Greenest Market. It operates in the Market Square on the fourth Saturday of each month, selling an enticing range of farm fresh produce, fruit juice, preserves, cakes and savouries, plants and more besides.
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In 1957 a 4-4-2T locomotive of LNER class C13 (GCR Class 9K) waits at Chesham with a train for Chalfont & Latimer
Demographics based on 2011 census for the population of Chesham
For cyclists: National Cycle Network Route 57 links Chesham with Thame via quiet lanes, with some off-road sections. It is signposted throughout. Part of the route (the Phoenix Trail section between Thame and Princes Risborough) offers traffic-free cycling along a disused railway – ideal for families.
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Choices in the countryside and neighbouring market towns range from Latimer Place, overlooking the Chess Valley, to Lower Bassibones Farm at Lee Common or Chiltern Ridge Farm at Chartridge. Our Where to Stay section has more suggestions.
The station was opened on 8 July 1889 by the Metropolitan Railway as the company's temporary northern terminus when the railway was extended from Rickmansworth. The line had been intended to cross the Chilterns and connect to main line companies serving the north.
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The town is located in the Chess Valley and is 11 miles south-east of the county town of Aylesbury and is situated 25 miles (40 km) north west of central London. It is the fourth largest town in the ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire and the largest in Chiltern District, with a population of some 20,343 people behind Milton Keynes with 184,500, High Wycombe with 118,200 and Aylesbury with 69,200. Nearby Amersham has 17,719.
There is limited provision for cycle use within the town. The town is one setting off point for exploring the Chilterns and cycling heritage trails have been developed by the district authority, two of which are centred on countryside around Chesham.
Berkhamsted Castle – 5 miles from Chesham. A towering motte and some bailey walls are impressive reminders of this once-mighty Norman castle. This town has a special place in our history: following the Saxon defeat at the Battle of Hastings, it was at Berkhamsted that the bishops and noblemen formally offered William the Conqueror the crown.
In the face of fierce competition from both home and abroad all these traditional industries rapidly declined. The ready availability of skilled labour encouraged new industries to the town both before and after the end of the Second World War. Today employment in the town is provided mainly by small businesses engaged in light industry, technology and professional services.
Transport connections have always come late to the town. The Metropolitan Railway eventually reached Chesham in July 1889. Electrification was not to come until the 1960s. Between the two world wars and in the 1950s and 60s there was much expansion in the town with new public housing developments along the Missenden Road, at Pond Park and at Botley.
Chesham has once again scooped a prestigious Gold Award in the Royal Horticultural Society Thames & Chilterns in Bloom competition.
Chesham Museumis a newly established museum for the town and surrounding area which opened in 2004 having first been conceived in 1981. Initially it was housed in temporary premises at The Stables behind the Gamekeeper's Lodge Pub in Bellingdon Road. Since October 2009 it has been located at 15 Market Square.There is also an annual Schools of Chesham carnival, Beer festival and bi-annual Chesham festival.
The principal bus companies running local services are Arriva, Carousel Buses,Red Rose and Redline.
In the Chiltern and South Bucks area around Chesham and over the county border in Hertfordshire there are also a number of independent fee-paying schools providing education between ages 4–13 and up to age 18. Chesham Preparatory School is an Independent school which opened in 1938 in the town and shortly after relocated to the outskirts of Chesham, at Orchard Leigh providing fee-paying and scholarship supported education.
The museum aims to educate visitors about the rich history of Chesham and its past inhabitants. Our collection primarily deals with things that are associated with Chesham, but also the outer-lying areas: Asheridge, Ashley Green, Ballinger, Bellingdon, Chartridge, Hyde Heath, Latimer, Lee Common and Ley Hill.
The Elgiva stages an excellent programme of professional live entertainment, which includes all kinds of music, ballet, drama and pantomime.
To help walkers make their choice, leaflets give details of six walking routes around Chesham. Each leaflet contains a map and description of the route, points of interest and historical facts, along with attractive photographs and historical pictures of the route. There is also guidance on how to get to Chesham to start your walks.
A Chesham workhouse for 90 paupers was operating in Germain Street as early as 1777. New legislation transferred the control of the Chesham institution to Amersham Poor Law Union in 1835. However, there were long-standing rivalries between the locals of both towns and in July that year violence broke out when an order was given to remove the paupers to Amersham. The Riot Act was read out to an angry crowd of 500 and arrests followed.
The Domesday Book records that there were three manors in Cestreham and one at nearby Latimer. William the Conqueror shared out the estates between four of his dependants. The vast majority of land was granted to Hugh de Bolebec and smaller parcels to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, Toustain Mantel and Alsi.
During the second half of the 20th century a Muslim community became established in the town. Chesham Mosque the first purpose-built mosque was completed in 2005 and is located in Bellingdon Road.
The station originally had a goods yard and two platforms, but the goods yard was closed in July 1966, and one of the two platforms was closed in November 1970. The goods yard site is now the car park for the station and a Waitrose supermarket. [note 1] The station is a Grade II listed building. The reasons for listing the station at this level were:
The nearest National Rail connections are Amersham station, although the LU line also connects directly to Chalfont & Latimer station, from where the Metropolitan line and National Rail Chiltern Railways provide a joint service with Metropolitan line trains travelling to Baker Street station and Chiltern Railways trains travelling to Marylebone station. There is also access to London via Berkhamsted railway station on the West Coast Main Line.
The local newspaper covering Chesham and the surrounding area, although it no longer has an office based in the town, is the Buckinghamshire Examiner founded in 1889. Another Buckinghamshire newspaper with a circulation area covering Chesham is the Bucks Free Press. The non-commercial community news blog dedicated to Chesham and nearby villages is Chiltern Voice. There is also a community website where residents can discuss local issues.