Whielden Street, Amersham, Bucks.

Road in/near Amersham, existing until now

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Whielden Street is the only street with this name in the UK.

Whielden Street either took its name from the 14th-century William de Whildene or from the Anglo-Saxon “Hwael” meaning “Curve” and “Dene” meaning “Valley” – “Whielden” meaning a curving valley. It road is part of the old Reading turnpike, the Judges’ Assize road from Reading to Hatfield, and as such must have been used for many centuries.

The Amersham Hospital was at one time the Union Workhouse and Whielden Street was sometimes called Union Street in the 19th century, named after the Workhouse for the Amersham Union of Parishes, built in 1838.

There are a number of 17th century houses in the road.

At the top of Whielden Street was once the Market Square but now is part of the High Street.

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Christine D Elliott   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 15:52 GMT   

The Blute Family
My grandparents, Frederick William Blute & Alice Elizabeth Blute nee: Warnham lived at 89 Blockhouse Street Deptford from around 1917.They had six children. 1. Alice Maragret Blute (my mother) 2. Frederick William Blute 3. Charles Adrian Blute 4. Violet Lillian Blute 5. Donald Blute 6. Stanley Vincent Blute (Lived 15 months). I lived there with my family from 1954 (Birth) until 1965 when we were re-housed for regeneration to the area.
I attended Ilderton Road School.
Very happy memories of that time.


Pearl Foster   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 12:22 GMT   

Dukes Place, EC3A
Until his death in 1767, Daniel Nunes de Lara worked from his home in Dukes Street as a Pastry Cook. It was not until much later the street was renamed Dukes Place. Daniel and his family attended the nearby Bevis Marks synagogue for Sephardic Jews. The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue was established in Duke Street, which meant Daniel’s business perfectly situated for his occupation as it allowed him to cater for both congregations.

Dr Paul Flewers   
Added: 9 Mar 2023 18:12 GMT   

Some Brief Notes on Hawthorne Close / Hawthorne Street
My great-grandparents lived in the last house on the south side of Hawthorne Street, no 13, and my grandmother Alice Knopp and her brothers and sisters grew up there. Alice Knopp married Charles Flewers, from nearby Hayling Road, and moved to Richmond, Surrey, where I was born. Leonard Knopp married Esther Gutenberg and lived there until the street was demolished in the mid-1960s, moving on to Tottenham. Uncle Len worked in the fur trade, then ran a pet shop in, I think, the Kingsland Road.

From the back garden, one could see the almshouses in the Balls Pond Road. There was an ink factory at the end of the street, which I recall as rather malodorous.


Added: 7 Mar 2023 17:14 GMT   

Andover Road, N7 (1939 - 1957)
My aunt, Doris nee Curtis (aka Jo) and her husband John Hawkins (aka Jack) ran a small general stores at 92 Andover Road (N7). I have found details in the 1939 register but don’t know how long before that it was opened.He died in 1957. In the 1939 register he is noted as being an ARP warden for Islington warden


Added: 2 Mar 2023 13:50 GMT   

The Queens Head
Queens Head demolished and a NISA supermarket and flats built in its place.

Added: 28 Feb 2023 18:09 GMT   

6 Elia Street
When I was young I lived in 6 Elia Street. At the end of the garden there was a garage owned by Initial Laundries which ran from an access in Quick Street all the way up to the back of our garden. The fire exit to the garage was a window leading into our garden. 6 Elia Street was owned by Initial Laundry.

Added: 21 Feb 2023 11:39 GMT   

Error on 1800 map numbering for John Street
The 1800 map of Whitfield Street (17 zoom) has an error in the numbering shown on the map. The houses are numbered up the right hand side of John Street and Upper John Street to #47 and then are numbered down the left hand side until #81 BUT then continue from 52-61 instead of 82-91.

P Cash   
Added: 19 Feb 2023 08:03 GMT   

Occupants of 19-29 Woburn Place
The Industrial Tribunals (later changed to Employment Tribunals) moved (from its former location on Ebury Bridge Road to 19-29 Woburn Place sometime in the late 1980s (I believe).

19-29 Woburn Place had nine floors in total (one in the basement and two in its mansard roof and most of the building was occupied by the Tribunals

The ’Head Office’ of the tribunals, occupied space on the 7th, 6th and 2nd floors, whilst one of the largest of the regional offices (London North but later called London Central) occupied space in the basement, ground and first floor.

The expansive ground floor entrance had white marble flooring and a security desk. Behind (on evey floor) lay a square (& uncluttered) lobby space, which was flanked on either side by lifts. On the rear side was an elegant staircase, with white marble steps, brass inlays and a shiny brass handrail which spiralled around an open well. Both staircase, stairwell and lifts ran the full height of the building. On all floors from 1st upwards, staff toilets were tucked on either side of the staircase (behind the lifts).

Basement Floor - Tribunal hearing rooms, dormant files store and secure basement space for Head Office. Public toilets.

Geound Floor - The ’post’ roon sat next to the entrance in the northern side, the rest of which was occupied by the private offices of the full time Tribunal judiciary. Thw largest office belonged to the Regional Chair and was situated on the far corner (overlooking Tavistock Square) The secretary to the Regional Chair occupied a small office next door.
The south side of this floor was occupied by the large open plan General Office for the administration, a staff kitchen & rest room and the private offices of the Regional Secretary (office manager) and their deputy.

First Dloor - Tribunal hearing rooms; separate public waiting rooms for Applicants & Respondents; two small rooms used by Counsel (on a ’whoever arrives first’ bases) and a small private rest room for use by tribunal lay members.

Second Floor - Tribunal Hearing Rooms; Tribunal Head Office - HR & Estate Depts & other tennants.

Third Floor - other tennants

Fourth Floor - other tennants

Fifth Floor - Other Tennants except for a large non-smoking room for staff, (which overlooked Tavistock Sqaure). It was seldom used, as a result of lacking any facities aside from a meagre collection of unwanted’ tatty seating. Next to it, (overlooking Tavistock Place) was a staff canteen.

Sixth Floor - Other tennants mostly except for a few offices on the northern side occupied by tribunal Head Office - IT Dept.

Seventh Floor - Other tenants in the northern side. The southern (front) side held the private offices of several senior managers (Secretariat, IT & Finance), private office of the Chief Accuntant; an office for two private secretaries and a stationary cupboard. On the rear side was a small kitchen; the private office of the Chief Executive and the private office of the President of the Tribunals for England & Wales. (From 1995 onwards, this became a conference room as the President was based elsewhere. The far end of this side contained an open plan office for Head Office staff - Secretariat, Finance & HR (staff training team) depts.

Eighth Floor - other tennants.

The Employment Tribunals (Regional & Head Offices) relocated to Vitory House, Kingsway in April 2005.



Amersham Workhouse The Amersham Workhouse was situated on the site of Amersham Hospital.

Amersham Bypass, HP7 The A413 skirting the south of Amersham.
Badminton Court, HP7 Badminton Court is a small development off of Church Street.
Broadway Close, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
Broadway, HP7 Broadway connects Market Square and London Road.
Bury Farm, HP7 Bury Farm is a road in the HP7 postcode area
Cherry Lane, HP7 Cherry Lane is an old lane running south from Amersham.
Church Street, HP7 Church Street runs from the High Street to Rectory Hill.
Diamond Court, HP7 Diamond Court is a cul-de-sac off of Whielden Street.
Fairfax Mews, HP7 Fairfax Mews is a named mews of Old Amersham.
Fieldway, HP7 Fieldway is a road in the HP7 postcode area
Flint Barn Court, HP7 Flint Barn Court runs off Church Street.
Forge End, HP7 Forge End is a small turning off Broadway.
Gilbert Scott Court, HP7 Sir George Gilbert Scott designed Amersham’s Union Workhouse.
Gore Hill, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
High Street, HP7 High Street is the main thoroughfare of Old Amersham.
Hill Farm, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
Hillway, HP7 Hillway is a road in the HP7 postcode area
Little Shardeloes, HP7 Little Shardeloes lies off the High Street in Old Amersham.
London Road, HP7 London Road leads into Old Amersham from the east.
Mandeville House, HP7 Mandeville House can be found on The Broadway.
Market Square, HP7 Amersham’s Market Square took up the eastern end of the High Street.
Misbourne Court, HP7 Misbourne Court is block on Rectory Lane.
Morley House, HP7 Morley House is a block in Old Amersham.
Piggotts End, HP7 Piggotts End is a road in the HP7 postcode area
Piggotts Orchard, HP7 Piggotts Orchard is a road in the HP7 postcode area
Pondwicks, HP7 Pondwicks runs off of School Lane in Amersham.
Rectory Drive, HP7 Rectory Drive runs north of St Mary’s Church in Old Amersham.
Rectory Lane, HP7 Rectory Lane runs off of Rectory Hill.
Stevens Way, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
The Lodge Badminton Court, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
The Platt, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
The Worthies, HP7 The Worthies is a small cul-de-sac in Old Amersham.
Thornhill Close, HP7 Thornhill Close is a cul-de-sac running south from Amersham High Street.
Whielden Close, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
Whielden Green, HP7 A street within the HP7 postcode
Whielden Heights, HP7 Whielden Heights runs behind Amersham Hospital.

Elephant and Castle The Elephant and Castle is a pub in Old Amersham.
The Swan The Swan pub is on High Street, Amersham.

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Amersham is a market town 27 miles north west of London, in the Chiltern Hills, England. It is part of the London commuter belt.

Amersham is split into 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 20th century.

Records date back to pre-Anglo-Saxon times, when it was known as Egmondesham.

In 1200 Geoffrey, Earl of Essex obtained a charter for Amersham allowing him to hold a Friday market and a fair on 7 and 8 September. In 1613 a new charter was granted to Edward, Earl of Bedford, changing the market day to Tuesday and establishing a statute fair on 19 September.

The area of the town now known as Amersham on the Hill was referred to as Amersham Common until after the arrival of the Metropolitan Line in 1892. After this date growth of the new area of the town gradually accelerated, with much work being done by the architect John Kennard). It is now known locally as the Top Town.

Amersham is linked to London by the Metropolitan Line of London Underground and is the last station on the Metropolitan main line. Much of this line is shared with the mainline railway service, which runs from Marylebone to Aylesbury.

The construction of the railway line was controversial at the time and objections from local landowners prevented its construction until 1892.

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Front of the Amersham Museum
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Amersham Broadway (1889) At the time, the church tower was being renovated.
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George Ward, Amersham Entrepreneur By 1890, George and Bessie had a shop in the Broadway selling crockery and toys with a newly built photographic studio in the yard behind. In 1896 they moved to larger premises, opposite the Market Hall in Amersham High Street. Here George set up an engineering business and a ‘Cycle and Motor Works and Domestic Machinery Stores’. They offered a wide range of services, including watch repairs, and sold phonographs and records. Until about 1910 he manufactured the “Wizard” bicycle in his workshop.
Credit: Amersham Museum

Sheep in Market Square, Old Amersham with Mr Lillywhite, the policeman, in attendance (1890)
Credit: George Ward/Amersham Museum

Union Workhouse, Amersham (1910)
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A413 Amersham bypass (2008)
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The Union Workhouse was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott who also designed the Albert Memorial and St Pancras Station in London. It was built in 1838 and served a number of local parishes and provided basic care of the elderly and those unable to work. The building later became Amersham General Hospital and is now Gilbert Scott Court.
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Church Street, Amersham (1973)
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River Misbourne, Amersham Old Town (2014)
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High Street in Amersham, Buckinghamshire (2020)
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