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AMERSHAM is thought to date from 792 AD.  In the Domesday Survey about 300 years later (1086) the name is recorded as ELMODESHAM after EALMOND thought to be the father of EGBERT the 1st King of all England.  At that time the Chiltern Hills were dense forest and an easy hiding place for robbers and bandits. The frightening state of lawlessness in the hills was the origin of the old Chiltern saying: ‘If you beat a bush, it’s odds you’ll start a thief’.   The Stewards of the Chiltern Hundreds were appointed to control this lawlessness and monthly Hundreds’ Courts were set up.  Vikings raided parts of the area between 800-1016.  There was said to have been a battle on Gore Hill – but it is a myth that it was named after this. The name ‘Gore’ came later and refers to a triangular enclosure of land between various large fields south of Bury Farm.

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.”

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