2 bedroom cottage for saleChurch Street, Chesham
- Oldest house in Chesham
- Built in the 14th Century
- Two bedrooms
- Grade II listed
- Rear secluded garden
- Located within short level walk of Chesham`s Metroplitan Line train station
- Close to local amenities
- Viewing highly recommended
Making a quiet statement of immense significance
Named in a wealth of English historical documents about Chesham and Buckinghamshire, the importance of 54 Church Street is indisputable. Built in the 14th century, (then a medieval Hall comprising the house adjacent,), divided in the 17th century, adapted to shop premises in the Victorian era and listed in the mid-20th century, this property is a marvel of time. Church Street has more than 20 listed properties testimony to the area`s place in history. This however is hailed as the oldest house in Chesham.This extraordinary house (known as The Nap) now stands proudly as a Grade II listed two bedroomed timber-framed cottage in the town`s conservation area. The walled garden, the house`s NE/SW aspect and two storeys only provide a sketch of the house`s innate appeal.
There is nothing ordinary here. The timber framework creates a feature in every space. The larger double bedroom with its imposing arc of wood shaping the ceiling gives the impression of a ship`s structure and is echoed in the walls and window frames which are part timbered too. The beams in the main reception room – some gloriously curved – are without doubt impressive. The ceilings are uniquely shaped. The magnificent brick fireplaces again, are both relics of former times and lifestyles as well as magnificent and unrivalled domestic detail. The wholly organic feel of magnificent wood doors and floors ensures uniqueness and these together with the timber frame are all the design features the rooms need.
Anyone viewing cannot fail to be moved by a sense of awe for its strength and sheer feats of manpower.
The skill and workmanship of all involved in this house`s design and construction over 500 years ago are visible in the building`s very form: interior and exterior become one in an endearingly aged house worthy of its listed status.
Part of the undisputed glory in owning this property is without doubt the way it reaches back through time and still has a long story to tell.
All good things…
Literally and geographically, this is the heart of Chesham – the historic centre from which all subsequent areas radiate. Protected, affectionately guarded by locals and by the council, Old Chesham is an enviable location.
The Historic Towns Assessment Report of 2011 notes that Chesham was ‘isolated, off the main turnpikes or any notable coaching routes and was not connected to the railway network until the end of the 19th century.` This factor has been central to the special way Chesham has developed: slowly, steadily and with thought at every stage. Old Chesham – a small historic enclave – culminating in the triangular meeting of roads including Church Street, Pednormead End and Pednor Road – is supervised by the church while fittingly having over six well thought of country pubs within a mile radius.
St. Mary`s Church (Grade I listed dating from the 13th century) still stands as the oldest building in Chesham giving some feel for the historic wealth of this town. Yet archaeological finds from the Palaeolithic through to Roman periods evidence people being settled here from the earliest times. Local trade was central to Old Chesham`s residents: boot making and brush making occupied a significant number of people with cloth-, lace- paper-making and pottery being vital trades, evolved from the availability of local materials. The relatively late arrival of the Railway (1889) meant that Chesham was slower to develop than for example neighbouring Amersham. Slowly, trade began to use London markets and people found a good lifestyle living here while commuting to London.
While Old Chesham is a much sought-after area, the new town (developed from the 1960s) is an eclectic mix of the historic and the progressive. The twice-weekly market is wonderfully popular and much used, giving further indication of the town`s unique character. Independent and high quality delicatessens and coffee shops stand with reliable High Street outlets and supermarkets. Equestrian centres, the leisure centre and the expected supermarkets complete the perfection of Old Chesham.
Naturally London is always an option. Trains run regularly from Chesham and Amersham into Baker Street in around 40 minutes.
Once in Chesham it is supremely difficult to resist exploring the country roads leading out from Chesham. With their perfect rural scenes - sheep fields, acres of bold yellow rape and no shortage of walking trails – this small town rewards residents many times over. Here, you have the ideal arrangement: live in Old Chesham, use the town`s first-class facilities and have London within an hour away. Here is a historic and rural location that delivers choice in everything that matters.
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