Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Buckinghamshire Places (5) : Chesham

Chesham is a town in the Chiltern hills South East of Aylesbury. Although Chesham is listed in the Domesday Book the area has been inhabited for thousands of years with flint tools from the Mesolithic having being found, followed by Neolithic farms, Iron Age and then Roman settlements in the area.

In the Domesday Book Chesham is listed as three manors which were later collectively known as Great Chesham. The oldest buildings in the current town of Chesham, apart from the parish church of St Mary, date from the fifteenth century. Parts of the church date from the twelth century though most of the surviving church dates from later centuries.

Chesham was known for boot and brush manufacture as well as brewing though these days the population work in local small medium enterprises and in London. Chesham tube station is the furthest point on the tube map from Central London and the most Western and Northern tube station.