These are late 16th century cottages, built as typical artisan cottages in which women did straw-plaiting, or lace-making to add to funds. The suggestion that the highwayman Dick Turpin was hidden here on his way to York is entirely mythical! The name came from an 18th century owner, Thomas Turpin.


The houses were bought by William Drake in about 1790, said to be so that he could secure the tenants’ votes, and were restored and then dated on the rear of the building ‘TDTD 1798’ (Thomas Drake Tyrwhitt-Drake) – see below.  The cottages were sold by the Tyrrwitt-Drake family at the auction in 1928 and the average price for each cottage was about £300!  See the photo gallery below for a copy of the auction sale particulars for some of the cottages – the house numbers have changed since then.






Click on any of the photographs below to enlarge it and to see the description.  Then click on forward or back arrows at the foot of each photograph.  To close the pictures, just click on one.

Plan Your Visit

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon to 4:30pm

49 High Street
Old Amersham

01494 723700
[email protected]


“Enjoyed our visit to this wonderful interactive museum where you are positively encouraged to touch things!”

“Visited Amersham museum yesterday – lovely place, provides many details on the history of the place. Plenty of cute cafes, pubs and shops around also… not difficult to find free parking nearby. ”

“A well-run, informative and interesting small museum on the main street. It’s mostly volunteer-run and they do a great job in keeping it and making you feel welcome…Check out the herb garden too.”

“Enjoyable film and television location guided walk around Amersham hosted by Amersham Museum – here are the Sun Houses on Highover Park and further up the hill is High & Over.”

Staying In Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest news & events