History of the Amersham Area

121-129 High St

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nos 121 to 125. These three cottages (above right) are listed buildings grade II.  They have old tile roofs and large chimneys and were built in the 17th century but with a new façade in the 18th.  The photo in the gallery below taken in the 1960s shows little difference from today.

No. 121 was a café known as Victory Tea Rooms during the years 1940 to 1950.  It was run by Mrs. Smith.  It was a very successful little café and mostly used by the Solicitors nearby and the Council Office Staff.  The business closed down because Mrs. Smith put two advertising boards outside the Cafe, one outside her window and the other in the kerb near the trees mainly for the weekend trade.  The County Council made her take them away and with the subsequent loss of trade the business closed down.  It then reverted back to a private house and was bought by Jill Sutcliffe.

No. 127 (Severn House) (right) is again listed grade II and has an 18th century re-fronting of an earlier building and has an elegant Georgian fanlight over the panel door. There is an arch (now a garage) to allow a coach and horses to pass through to stables at the rear.

The census returns from 1841 to 1911 show that the house was occupied by better-off families.

No. 129 (top left once known as Wee Oaks) is a very small late 16th century or early 17th century house.  It had only “one up, one down”.  It was later extended at the back and is listed grade II.  Right next to the big house (no. 127) owned by landed proprietors, lived:

 

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