History of the Amersham Area

Elephant & Castle & 99



The photo above is from the Chiltern Society Photo Group and is the copyright of Rod Darrah who has given permission for it to be used here.

No. 97 is The Elephant & Castle pub, a listed grade II building.  The possible origin of this sign is the coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers which used ivory for their knife handles. Another suggestion arises from the marriage of Edward I to Eleanor of Castile. Her title in Spanish was “La Infanta de Castile”, hence Elephant and Castle.  In the 19th century it was occupied by William Spratley and later Henry Dumbarton who appear to have been both butchers and beer retailers – to modern eyes a strange combination!

The residents were:

Is there a ghost in The Elephant and Castle?  A figure dress in black is said to disappear through walls, sitting in the kitchen and pinching barmaids’ bottoms.

No 99 is a listed building grade II with the sign for Maltings Mews over the arch.  Legal documents show that there was a tannery here from the early 17th century to about 1800.

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