Interactive Floorplan - First floor
Window frame from the King’s Arms
This window frame was originally part of a Tudor hall house where the King’s Arms pub now stands. The museum building, also a Tudor hall house, has a similar window.
The sulphur crested cockatoo is a local hero. When a fire broke out in 1935 the cockatoo squawked so loudly it woke the guests and staff so they were able to escape.
Bolam chairmaker's tool chest
These tools belonged to a local chair maker, which was an important local industry until the early 20th century. The museum has two Windsor chairs for visitors to sit on.
Amersham Toys Metro-land dolls house
Amersham Toys produced a wide range of wooden and stuffed toys, including the Hugmee teddy bear. This Metro-land dolls house was one of a range of dolls houses and furniture produced by the company.
The museum’s large collection of dinky toys was purchased from Mr Butler’s toy shop, which stood on the corner of Church Street and Market Square.
Lace making was a cottage industry, practised by women and children to supplement the family income. Amersham was known for black lace, popular during Victorian times.
Collection of Medieval tiles
A number of 14th century glazed floor tiles made in the village of Penn, close to Amersham, have been found locally. This type of tile was used in royal palaces and churches.
These unusual marks are carved on to the upper parts of the timber frame of the fifteenth century hall house. The marks are situated directly above the central hearth. They are known as witch marks or apotropaeic marks and were designed to prevent evil from entering the house through the smoke hole.
A bird’s eye view etching made by Thomas Badeslade in 1739 shows Shardeloes as it was with its formal gardens, avenues and deer park. All of this is now gone, after the house was rebuilt for the one we recognise now in the 1760’s.
The merchant and his wife
The Amersham Museum is very proud of its 15th century house. It is likely that the first owners of the house were wealthy merchants, or artisans. You can see the sort of clothes the householder might have worn in our toy chest, where a Tudor merchant and his wife are sitting.
Letter for the postman
Before the advent of telephones and the internet, people would send any kind of message in a letter through the postal service. To keep a message private, one had to seal their letter with a blob of wax and a stamp.
Model of the train station
A model depicting the Amersham train station in the 1950s. At this time there would have been a frequent service to and from London. There was also a considerable number of goods trains, which delivered stock to a goods yard about half a mile from the station.
Building the Tudor Hall
The huge timbers you can see in old buildings like ours were the frame which supported everything. In the spaces between the timbers, the walls were made up of wattle and daub – twigs were woven between wooden piles to make the wattle, which was then daubed with rough plaster. You can see this and many other interesting Tudor building methods throughout our building.