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Record details

BCC record ID:0423000000
Type of record:Building
Summary:Fifteenth or early sixteenth century timber-framed building with seventeenth century wall paintings, used as a school from 1625
Grid Reference:SU 95805 97320
Parish:

AMERSHAM, Chiltern, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • (Former) GRAMMAR SCHOOL (Founded 1625 17th Century to 19th Century - 1600 AD to 1899 AD)
  • (Former) CHURCH HOUSE (15th Century to 17th Century - 1400 AD? to 1699 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (17th Century - 1600 AD to 1699 AD)
  • SHOP (20th Century - 1900 AD to 1999 AD)
  • RESTAURANT (21st Century - 2000 AD to 2099 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Protected status

  • Listed Building

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?No
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Yes

Full description

Grade II. C16 former Grammar School, refaced C18, red brick, old tile roof with parapet, gable to No 9, refronted in modern brick. Two storeys; shop windows to Nos 3, 7 and 9. No 1 has half glazed door on right, 3-light casement on left and another to first floor, all with segmental arches. C19 doorway to No 5 with stone arched head inscribed "Grammar School" and "1624" in tympanum. Two large mullion and transome casements to Nos 5 and 7 first floor, with small unbarred sash between. No 9 has modern 3-light leaded casement to first floor and 2-light to attic, both with segmental arches. Rear elevation to churchyard has four gables, that to No 1 timber framed with brick infill. (RCHM I p3 MON 4)(B9).
CHURCH HOUSE, BUILT LATE 15TH CENTURY OR EARLY 16TH CENTURY TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING OF SIX BAYS. CONVERTED INTO GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1620 (SEE ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION (B1,B4-5).
HISTORY OF DR CHALLONER'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL (B2-3).
NOW CONVERTED INTO SHOPS AND CAFE (B6).
REFACED WITH MODERN BRICK C.1900 (B4).
Wall paintings discovered in building adjacent to the old Grammar School [?No 9] during redecoration in 1931 and recorded by Francis Reader. Panel representing Hercules, possibly originally one of a late group of the 'Nine Worthies' painted in the early 17th century. Additional paintings found on the ceiling in the attic included a man in 17th century costume, a bird with sprays of flowering foliage, a woman's head, a tulip and an unfinished lion-like animal, which appear not to have formed a single design (B7).
Nos 9 to 13 badly damaged by fire in June 2008 (B8).

Sources and further reading

<1>Bibliographic reference: BCM CAS RECORD CARD 4230..
<2>Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 3 PP159-161.
<3>Bibliographic reference: VCH BUCKS 2, PP213-214..
<4>Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 1, P3.. Mon 4
<5>Article in serial: Francis W Reader. 1932. 'Tudor Mural Paintings in the Lesser Houses in Bucks', in Archaeological Journal Vol 89 pp127-131, Plates I-IV. Vol 89.
<6>Unpublished document: OS RECORD CARD SU99NE4.
<7>Article in serial: Francis W Reader. 1933. 'Tudor Mural Paintings in the Lesser Houses in Bucks', in Recs of Bucks Vol 12 pp368-398 & Plates I-XIV. Vol 12, No 7. pp371-373, Plates I-III
<8>Verbal communication: John Shipley. 2008. Pers comm to Julia Wise (BCC), June 2008.
<9>Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1984. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Buckinghamshire: Chiltern District: Parishes of Amersham, Chesham Bois and Coleshill. p21

Associated excavations and fieldwork: none recorded

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