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Amersham Museum

Page history last edited by PBworks 12 years, 10 months ago

 

49 High Street, Amersham, now Amersham Museum 

 

Location – north side of High Street, west of Market Hall

 

 

Construction  – Part of a timber framed Tudor Hall House believed to date from about 1480 – 1500 with a modern (2001) brick extension.

 

History of building 

 

The original Tudor hall house is currently divided between nos. 47 and 49 High Street. The central room or hall of the house was originally the full height of the building with a central hearth. This was probably divided by screens from a cross passage, which still runs from the front door of Amersham Museum towards the back door of no. 47 High Street.

 

It is assumed that the rooms on the other side of this cross passage were part of the service quarters, probably the pantry and buttery with a loft over. Part of the solar wing remains, on the other side of the main hall. This would have been used as the private rooms of the family who lived here.

 

The brick chimney, first floor fireplace and the floor creating the upper room in the hall was probably added in about 1580. Subsequent alterations to the hall house include the gable window overlooking the High Street and the alteration to the ground floor fireplace to make an inglenook.

 

The house was subdivided between members of the Hunt family who were Maltsters in the early 17th century. The east end, now 47 High Street, now has a two storey extension to the front, probably built c. 1830?

 

The front part of the solar wing is now missing, probably demolished when the Victorian House, now 51 High Street was built.

 

Occupants of the house

 

The earliest documents which relate to this building date from 160?. when ………. Hunt leased the building from ????.

 

The house remained in the Hunt family’s possession until 183? when Daniel Bateman son of Martha nee Hunt sold it to ????.

 

See also further Amersham Museum photographs.

 

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