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    Amersham Old Town
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    The guides explaining about Tudor dress
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    The guides explaining about Tudor dress

    by SallyM Written Jul 31, 2011

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    During the summer the Amersham Museum organises guided historical walks to the Amersham Martyrs memorial on the last Saturday of each month.

    The walks are let by volunteers in Tudor dress. No need to book, just turn up at the Amersham Museum in the High Street in time for the 2.30 pm. start and pay the £2 charge.

    The walk takes about 2.5 hours in all, with frequent stops along the way to describe aspects of life in the town in the early sixteenth century.

    There are also slightly shorter walks around the Old Town on Sundays

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    Memorial to the Amersham Martyrs, erected in 1931

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    The Amersham Martyrs were burned as heretics on the hill above the town in the early sixteenth century. Their beliefs were an forerunner of Protestantism, and they were known as 'Lollards'.

    The first martyr was burned in 1511 (formerly believed to be 1506, the date given in Foxe's Book of Martyrs, until the town's archivist discovered the true date from diocesan records). His married daughter was forced to light the fire.

    It is a 15 minute walk up the hill from the town (there's a footpath that runs from behind the Church across the river Misbourne and up the hill).

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    by SallyM Written Feb 18, 2011

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    Gilbey's is part of a small group which also has restaurants in Eton and at Pheasant's Ridge vineyard in Hambleden. The Amersham restaurant is situated in a picturesque old school building in Old Amersham. It is open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon teas.

    I went at Sunday lunchtime, when they do a set lunch menu for £25.50 (3 courses - there is a £19.50 option for less greedy mortals who can make do with two courses), with about 5 options for each course.

    For starter I had cod cheeks with pea mousseline. This was served with a few crisps and was clearly meant as a modern take on fish, chips and mushy peas. Interesting, but I'm not sure Iwould have it again. I'm not a great Sunday roast fan, but I suspect that this is probably the best thing to choose - my husband's roast pork did look tempting. My helping of confit of duck leg with beetroot tarte tatin was tasty but the portion size was a little small in comparison with the roast.

    One thing I disliked about this restaurant is that although we booked an early lunch, we were given a table at the back of the virtually empty restaurant, next to the kitchen. There were still tables unoccupied when we left, so we could have been seated nearer the windows.

    The food here is good, but the prices are at the higher end, and there are other restaurants in the town with better service.

    Favorite Dish: I think the best thing about Gilbey's was the desserts. I had cappuccino creme brulee, which I was a little unsure about ordering, but it was delicious, as was my mother's chocolate tarte and my husband's panna cotta.

    Coffee at the end of the meal came with home-made pralines, which made a nice change from the ubiquitous mints.

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Amersham Transportation

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    by SallyM Written May 7, 2007

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    Amersham is literally at the end of the Metropolitan line (part of the London Underground).

    There are frequent Metropolitan trains in to London Baker Street and the city. The station is also served by Chiltern Railways services to London Marylebone. The latter are faster and more comfortable. Marylebone is 5-10 minutes' walk from Baker Street and is on the Bakerloo Underground line.

    Note that the station is in Amersham on the Hill, not Amersham Old Town.

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