History of the Amersham Area

31,33,33A High St

Once the George Inn, this Grade II listed building is a timber framed building to which was added a Georgian facade in the 18thcentury.  The brick rear wing has a stone inscribed 1807 TD (Tyrwhitt Drake).   When the back of the property was altered a vast bread oven was found, so large that it became half of a new sitting room.

This house was transferred in 1629 from William Grimsdale to his son John: “All that my capital messuage or tenement with the appurtenances in which I inhabit together with John Watkins late called or known by the name or sign of the George situate and being in the Borough of Amersham aforesaid in the said County of Bucks between the messuage in the occupation of Mary Lered widow on the west part and the tenement in the occupation of John Germin on the east part.”  In 1700 it was sold to Andrew Beatch, an innholder, for £360.  Julian Hunt’s local history website has a summary of insurances which shows that in 1722 Montague Garrard Drake of Shardeloes owned and insured The George and the outhouses for £300.  The tenant was Thomas Kempster.  The landlord in 1726 was William Boddison. It appears that when William Drake owned the property soon after that, it stopped being a pub.

No. 31 – this little shop was opened around 1950 by Mrs. Thomas as a Beauty Parlour and continued for a number of years in that business until her sudden death from a heart attack.  The shop then changed trades and became known as Change Gear, dealing in nearly new Ladies Clothes.  Upon their retirement in 1983 the shop changed trades again andbecame Butterfly, Ladies High Class Lingerie.

No. 33 is now Tresco House and No. 33A is Weller House.

 

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