A poor king and rich commoners create a unique townscape in Amersham (0015)

Wednesday 21 Oct ~ 11:00 AM

No other medium sized town has a medieval street plan untouched by post 1800 development. A short woodland walk starting at Amersham station through the beech woods down to Amersham Old Town will explain how this came about: including a charter of King John and evidence of domination in the 18th century by the Drake family. There will be a rare opportunity to see impressive memorials to this family in the Drake Chapel. The walk around the medieval street plan will finish outside Amersham Museum.

Route Details

3 miles
2 hours
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)


Under 18s free
£5 for adults but Under 18s free.

Meeting arrangements

Meet outside Amersham railway station.HP6 5AZ

Walk Leader

Martin Pounce. A long time resident of Amersham, Martin has researched many aspects of the town and is one of the leaders of the Museum's Tudor Walks.

Public Transport Links

Railway - London to Aylesbury, buses from High Wycombe to Chesham.

Family Friendly

Most suitable for teenagers and adults with an interest in history.


Woodland path is rutted and may be muddy but all other paths are surfaced. There are six steps up to the Drake Chapel.

Further Information

There is a fine array of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the Old Town. Toilets are located in Old Amersham Car Park. This is a linear walk which allows walkers to explore the town or visit the Museum. A regular bus service runs between the Old Town and the railway station.

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