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Amersham About 1960

In about 1960, my father took the following pictures on slide film.
I have transferred them to PC format, although the quality is not that brilliant. However, the pictures are an interesting view of parts Amersham over 40 years ago.

Apart from the lack of cars, this view of the High Street has not changed that much.
The smallest house in Amersham has not changed from the outside.
The Gables. The wisteria growing behind the railings now covers much of this fine building
A view of the fine 1930s built bus garage. This has now been demolished and the Tesco petrol station now occupies the site. Amersham had an extensive network of bus routes at one time, but with the growth of the car the bus services declined, the garage closing in the 1980s. I believe the designer of the bus garage was the same designer of the famous art deco Hoover building. The bus services in 1960 were operated by London Country / London Transport.
This view of Anne's Corner in Chesham Bois has not changed a great deal over the years, apart from the hedge and trees. Chesham Bois Post Office used to be in the right hand end of the building. It is now across the road.
Oakfield Corner - the shops may have changed, the road layout may be different, the cars are different, but the area is still much the same today.
Sycamore Road. The Regent cinema on the right was demolished in 1961. A supermarket was built in its place (The Maypole, which became Liptons, which is now Iceland). On the left are the Sycamore Trees which gave the road its name. At this time there were small shops and the original Free Church on the left and behind the white gate on the left the original St. Michaels Church. In the 1960s this site was redeveloped with new shops and flats above and a new St. Michaels Church. In 2001 there were plans the demolish the "new" St. Michaels and build more shops, a new library and a new church on Chiltern Avenue, but this did not happen.

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