The nucleus of the old grammar school, now a timber house with modern brick facing, is rectangular in plan and probably of early 16th-century date; an east wing was, however, constructed about 1621 and other additions made later.
The old timber framing can be seen in the southern part of the gabled eastern side of the house. Mary's Church lies further east off the High Street, in its churchyard, where trouble arose in 1624 through a muster which had been kept there, the deputy-lieutenants threatening vengeance on those responsible. 7) Complaints were made at the same time of the behaviour of parishioners in church.
They lay at ease in their high pews, with their hats on, and neither knelt at the Litany nor bowed at the name of Jesus. 8) One John Foster, appointed to the rectory in 1544, (fn.
9) was ordered in 1553 as a 'sediciouse' preacher to appear before the Privy Council with a note of his late sermon. 10) Matthew Griffith, a later rector, was fined as a delinquent in 1647. 11) The rectory-house, a large early 18th-century building, built by the Rev. D., rector, is about a quarter of a mile to the north on high ground in a fine situation overlooking the town.
The parish of Amersham with its hamlet of Coleshill comprises an area of 7,969 acres, of which 39 are covered by water. The land is hilly and the slopes are in many places covered with beech and other woods. above ordnance datum in the south, rises to 560 ft., the highest elevation, at Coleshill, and is about 500 ft. It is watered by the Misbourne stream, which flowing from west to east across the parish has cut out for itself a valley through which runs the road from Uxbridge to Wendover.
It enjoys a fabulous position overlooking the mile-wide Stour estuary between Suffolk and Essex.
It succeeded the building on which in 1653 were posted up scandalous papers tending to the disturbance of the poor. 3) It was his uncle, Sir William Drake, bart., who in 1657 built the six almshouses lower down on the south side of the street.
They consist of six one-story tenements surrounding on three sides a courtyard and form a good example of 17th-century brickwork.
Alton Water Park with sailing, windsurfing and fishing as well as walking and cycle routes, is less than a mile away.
There are many good restaurants nearby, and farmer’s markets for delicious local produce.