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Prime Location Amersham Area Guide

Situated in the county of Buckinghamshire, Amersham is just 27 miles to the north west of London and is a well preserved market town still featuring fine architecture that dates back to the 1600s. Through the centuries Amersham has traded in local grain and has achieved prominence for its manufacturing heritage in the brewing, lace, tanning and brickmaking industries. During World War II the town became home to the Radiochemical Centre, a scientific research centre which is now part of the GE Healthcare business.

Amersham has two distinct districts, Amersham Old Town, and the newer Amersham on the Hill. The adjacent areas of Amersham Common and Little Chalfont have their own parish status. The Old Town has a quintessentially English street scene with a prominent historic market hall, winding lanes and courtyards, and a variety of timber framed and Georgian buildings, fine houses, and pretty cottages. The Metropolitan Estates Company carried out significant development in Amersham on the Hill after the Metropolitan Railway acquired a portion of land in the town in the early 1900s. As a result the area features more modern housing, from flats through to large family homes. Property in the area is popular with those eager to gain entry to the local grammar schools. Many of the distinctive homes in this part of Amersham were designed by London architect John Kennard and his associates, and a number of them won design awards.

Demographics

Amersham town is home to around 4,500 people with almost half of the population aged between 30 and 59 years old. The population profile is diverse, with urban professionals representing 24% of people. Almost a quarter of residents are considered to be larger families living in prosperous suburbs. Over one in ten people living in Amersham are described as mature professionals, and a similar number are wealthy commuters and managers.

Crime rates in the area are lower than the national average. Property prices in Amersham can range from around £170,000 up to in excess of £1 million.

Education

Amersham benefits from several primary schools, including Woodside Junior School, Our Lady's Roman Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, and more. There are two independent preparatory schools in the town, The Beacon School and Heatherton House. Secondary schooling is available from the Dr Challoner’s Grammar School for boys. Amersham School is a mixed entry business and enterprise school that is reportedly the highest achieving school in the county.

In addition Amersham is within catchment for both Dr Challoner’s High School for girls in nearby Little Chalfont, and Chesham Grammar School, a co-education school in Chesham. Further education provision is available at Amersham & Wycombe College and the nearest university is Bucks New University which specialises in education geared towards professional and creative careers. In addition, the University of Buckingham is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter and has around 1,000 pupils.

Transport

Amersham is the last stop on the London Underground Metropolitan Line, much of which is shared with the mainline railway service between Marylebone and Aylesbury. The station is situated about a mile to the north of the old market town in Amersham on the Hill.

The town can be reached by car via the A355, the A404, the A416, and A413 with routes in from surrounding areas such as Chesham, Berkhamsted, Slough, Beaconsfield, Maidenhead, High Wycombe, and Harrow. Nearest motorway connections are to the M25, M40, and M1. Local bus services across the town and out to surrounding areas run every half hour during weekdays and less frequently in the evenings and weekends.

Amenities and shopping

There are a wide range of shops in Amersham, ranging from small independent stores to more recognisable high street chains. Quality food and drink is available in the area’s numerous pubs and inns, cafés and bars. Galleries, museums, and craft centres are also scattered throughout Amersham, and theatres and cinema can be accessed in nearby towns such as Berkhamsted, Chesham, and Wycombe.

Amersham on the Hill has a range of leisure facilities including cricket, football, and hockey clubs, a swimming pool, a film society, and several riding stables and pony clubs.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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