The history and historic buildings of old Amersham
Having been based in Amersham for many years, Advantage Physiotherapy are proud to be part of a town with so much heritage and history – not to mention the great places to eat out! This month, your physio in Amersham tells you more about what you can find in this town and the places not to miss when you visit!
The town of Old Amersham has a long and diverse history. The earliest reference to it dates back to 796AD when it was referred to as Elmodesham by the Saxons. By 1086, when the Doomsday survey was conducted, the settlement had been renamed Agmodesham – which would later become known as Amersham. In 1200 AD, King John gifted Amersham a charter for a weekly market and an annual fair and gave it two members of parliament – forming what is now known as a ‘Pocket Borough’.
Amersham has grown considerably since its early days, with much of its evolution being documented on the Amersham History website. Here people can learn more about the small hamlet’s past, including information on notable buildings, families and trades that have shaped what Old Amersham is today – along with details of neighbouring villages such as Chesham Bois, Coleshill and Winchmore Hill. All in all, this gives us an in-depth understanding of how this ancient town has evolved over centuries into one of Buckinghamshire’s most beloved communities.
A physio in Amersham’s guide to eating out
The old town of Amersham is quickly becoming a foodie haven with some of the best fine-dining restaurants in Buckinghamshire. Leading the charge, The Artichoke is a particular highlight, with its menus showcasing seasonal dishes from produce sourced from local farmers. Recently rewarded with its first Michelin star, The Artichoke is not just a restaurant but an experience. Diners can expect food served with flair and presentation – dishes like smoked haddock and poached turbot are happy to join the list of extraordinary creations.
Customers have been delighted by their meals at The Artichoke, rating it as one of the best they’ve ever had. From perfect dishes to impeccable service delivered with friendly smiles, there’s no wonder why diners keep coming back for more. And if you find yourself in Amersham, don’t forget to head to this fine-dining eatery for an unforgettable experience!
The Kings Arms Hotel in Amersham is a historic building that many people may recognise from Four Weddings and a Funeral – it’s an experience to gaze at the ancient chipped walls, uneven floors and wonky ceilings. What better way to take it all in than with an indulgent afternoon tea?
The Kings Arms proudly serves a luxurious champagne afternoon tea, specially curated for each customer and served in one of their traditional beamed dining rooms. All elements of the tea had been freshly prepared – there were savoury sandwiches like smoked salmon and cream cheese, as well as three different cakes – chocolate fudge slice, lemon cake and spiced carrot cake. Enjoyed with a glass of bubbly and several teas, it’s an exquisite experience that makes for a refreshingly relaxing afternoon.
What can you do as a family in Amersham?
If you are looking for somewhere to visit as a family, Amersham is home to many incredible places. Your physio in Amersham has chosen just four places to give you more details below.
Amersham Museum – If you are looking for something to do with the family on a wet and windy day, why not pay a visit to the local Amersham Museum? Housed in a 15th-century house, the Amersham Museum recently had a facelift and reopened in 2017. Check out the Medieval beams and the beautiful herb garden to the rear of the property.
Chiltern Open Air Museum – Open between March and October; this is a place that is well worth a visit. The Open Air Museum has rescued over 30 buildings and brought them to the site to prolong their life. Walk amongst a farmhouse, cottage, forge and toll house before visiting the allotment and cherry orchards.
Bekonscot Model Village – Outside Amersham, Bekonscot Model Village is the perfect place to take your children and young families. We recommend going during the warmer months so you can take advantage of the outdoor seating, park and picnic place. The oldest model village in the world, this really isn’t a place to be missed.
Chenies Manor House – a 16th-century mansion that is mainly used for weddings; you can visit this historic site on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons between April and October. Not to be missed, this home used to belong to the Bedford family and has hosted the likes of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
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Pay a visit to your local physio in Amersham
There can be no doubt that Amersham has so much to offer its residents and visitors. Amersham is wonderful, with places to eat, historic buildings to visit, and a quaint high-street shopping area. If you are looking for the support of a physio in Amersham after your busy day exploring, Advantage Physiotherapy is conveniently located just outside of the town centre in Little Chalfont. Offering a variety of physiotherapy services and support, we have assisted many clients with their rehabilitation after injury.
To book your consultation with your physio in Amersham, get in touch or book online. We look forward to seeing you in our local Amersham clinic very soon!