A town of 25,579 people located 29 miles west of London, the nearest town to it is Chesham Bois, and after that Amersham. Its main businesses include the boot factory of Townsend Road, and oddly enough finance-the town has its own building society, The Chesham (http://www.cheshambsoc.co.uk/). Geographically, it is located in a valley, the only river being the River Chess, which runs under the town and reemerges in the Waterside area. Most of the architecture currently visible dates from the Industrial Revolution, except for the old town which contains older buildings (hence the name).


  • A suitably appalling bus service is provided by Arriva, complemented by services from Red Rose and occasionally Turner Travel Services. Update: Carousel, a local company, has started offering much better services to High Wycombe and Watford, at a much lower cost than the crappy Arriva services.
  • The town has its own London Underground station, and is the most far flung of them all (the distance between Chesham and Chalfont and Latimer is the longest distance between stations on the network). To get anywhere, you have to change at Chalfont and Latimer station for British Rail (Chiltern Railways) services or other London Underground services; through trains are few and far between.

  • The Elgiva theatre was located where the car park for the Sainsbury's store is now, but was knocked down and moved to its current site over the road from the store. It generally shows films a few months after they have been released, never any quicker. It is not affiliated to any major cinema chain.
  • There are numerous parks and playing fields in Chesham, two of which are the main park opposite the high street, which has a large pond (Skottowes Pond) and numerous childrens' playgrounds. Another is the recreational ground bordering Milton Road, which has a fairly delapidated childrens' playground (I live next to here! Woo).
  • The Schools of Chesham Carnival is on July 22nd, but probably not for much longer as school participation is waning.

Sources: Buckinghamshire County Council, personal knowledge, Open University (http://met.open.ac.uk/genuki/big/eng/BKM/Chesham/Index.html)