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BCC record ID:1245604000
Type of record:Building
Summary:Late sixteenth century timber-framed inn with late sixteenth century wall paintings, refronted in the nineteenth century
Grid Reference:SU 95760 97300

AMERSHAM, Chiltern, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • INN (16th Century to 19th Century - 1500 AD to 1899 AD)
  • WALL PAINTING (16th Century - 1500 AD to 1599 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Protected status

  • Listed Building

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?Yes
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Yes

Full description

Grade II. Early C19 front to late C16 building. Red brick, slate roof with eaves cornice. Two storeys, nine double hung sashes in reveals with cills and flat arches, to each floor, ground floor with fielded panelled shutters. Elliptical arched carriageway on left, ground floor window on right is tripartite sash. Rear elevation with tile-hung gable over carriageway, short 2-gabled wing on east side, rendered and painted. Long wing on west side, timber framed with white painted brick infill, modern leaded windows and hotel entrance. Interior: good timber framing exposed on both floors; several important late C16th wall paintings including Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth I (B1).
Wall paintings include Tudor royal coat of arms in black paint with 'God save the Quene' above, in a room on the ground floor and a repeat scheme of cartouche-shields in black, red, blue, yellow and green paint in a first floor bedroom (B4).
Negative evaluation in burgage plot to rear of Crown Hotel (B3).

Sources and further reading

<1>Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1984. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Buckinghamshire: Chiltern District: Parishes of Amersham, Chesham Bois and Coleshill. p44
<2>Bibliographic reference: Royal Commision on Historical Monuments. 1912. Historical Monuments in Buckinghamshire. Volume 1. p10 (no.42)
<3>Unpublished document: Foundations Archaeology. 2001. Land at The Platt, Old Amersham - archaeological assessment & evaluation.
<4>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. pp373-6, Plate IV

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC16278: Evaluation trial trenching
  • EBC16279: Watching brief

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