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Amersham at Work

People and Industries Through the Years

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Author: William Parker

The London commuter town of Amersham, in Buckinghamshire, is made up of two distinct areas: Old Amersham, set in the valley of the River Misbourne, which contains the 13th century parish church of St. Mary's and several old pubs and coaching inns; and Amersham-on-the-Hill, which grew rapidly around the railway station in the early part of the twentieth century. Old Amersham grew around trade in agricultural produce, mainly grain, much of which was sold to London merchants. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries a key industry in the town was brewing, until the brewery was sold off, a move that led to the end of brewing in Amersham. In addition to brewing, tanning, lace manufacture and brickmaking all had a prominent place in the manufacturing past of the town. During the Second World War, the Radiochemical Centre, a scientific research establishment, arrived in the town. This became Amersham International, then Amersham plc, and now, after a number of changes of ownership and name, is part of GE Healthcare. Another major company, Halma, which specialises in hazard and life protection products is headquartered in Old Amersham.

In a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations, Amersham At Work explores the life of this Chilterns town town and its people, from its pre-Industrial beginnings, through two world wars and into the twenty-first century.

Book ISBN 9781445674827

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Nov 2017

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 150

Available on: Wednesday 15th November 2017

Regular Price: £14.99

Special Price: £13.49

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