Welcome to the new essential resource for Chesham.
A Social Hub for the Chesham community to make our online lives more harmonious, to allow our offline lives to be more fulfilling.
Feel free to create a new topic in the forum section, and remember; We are only a community if we all get involved.
30/03/2014 – New Features Added
- Chesham Sports, and a Gallery of the beautiful pictures from Chesham
- Free business listing: register on the forum, and post at least once to submit your business. Help increase your community and web presence, and your google rating. Click here
- Local News – you can now view and discuss local news via the website, and forum. Click here
- What’s On – All the local events from various websites all in one place, and the ability to discuss these. Click here
- #Chesham – Your tweets are now on our sidebar and #chesham page. Click here
- Chesham Mayor Page added – Find out about our Mayor, and see their tweets. Click here
Chesham is a market town in The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire with a population of 21,483.
Chesham is also a civil parish designated a town council within Chiltern district. It is situated in the Chess Valley and surrounded by farmland, as well as being bordered on one side by Amersham and Chesham Bois. The earliest records of Chesham as a settlement are from the second half of the 10th century although there is archaeological evidence of people in the area from around 8000 BC. Henry III granted the town a royal charter for a weekly market in 1257.
The town is known for its four Bs, usually quoted as:- boots, beer, brushes and Baptists. Chesham’s prosperity grew significantly during the 18th and 19th centuries with the development of manufacturing industry.
In the face of fierce competition from both home and abroad all these traditional industries rapidly declined. The ready availability of skilled labour encouraged new industries to the town both before and after the end of the Second World War. Today employment in the town is provided by mainly small business engaged in light industry, technology and professional services.
From the early part of the 20th century onwards there has been a considerable expansion of the town with new housing developments and civic infrastructure. Increasingly Chesham has also become a commuter town with improved connection to London via theUnderground and road networks. The town centre has been progressively redeveloped since the 1960s and was pedestrianised in the 1990s. The population of the town has increased to slightly over 20,000 but further growth has been restricted because the area forms part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.