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Chesham Heritage Calendar 2019

paintings by George Bridges

1st edition published 2018

ISBN 978-0-9554707-1-4


210 x 297mm with spiral wire hanger

14 pages colour


Prior to his death in 1980, George Bridges created a remarkable collection of

watercolours, nearly all of them prompted by his nostalgia for old Chesham – a

picturesque town of narrow streets, half-timbered houses and vanished landmarks.

His paintings put colour on the past and shine here against today’s photographs



Postage £1.50 UK

Chesham Stories – Illustrated

by Peter Hawkes

1st edition published 2017

ISBN 978-1-9998335-0-3


215 x 297mm softback with spine
80 pages colour + 2pp colour cover

Presented in a photograph album format, with over 300 captioned images. Subjects covered include the fire brigade, cinema, school days, the railway, genealogy, architecture and the River Chess. The focus is firmly on people – from childhood, through finding work, making a home, starting a family, going shopping, playing sport, to taking a holiday.


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The Pride of Bucks – Amersham & District Bus Company

by Neil Lamond and John Hutchinson

1st edition published 2017

ISBN 978-0-9554707-9-0


175 x 230mm softback with spine

88 pages mono, 8 pages colour + 2pp colour cover

A comprehensive photographic and written history of the first company to run motor

buses into Amersham and Chesham. Full of never before seen photographs of the

company's vehicles, including period street scenes from 1919 and 1933. A comprehensive account, with some very moving social history stories along the way.


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Holmer Green Heroes

by Stuart King and Chris Peers

1st edition published 2017

ISBN 978-0-9554707-8-3


215 x 297mm softback with spine

96 pages colour + 4pp colour cover

This book gives a glimpse of village life during WW1. It follows the individual lives,

families and deaths of the fourteen men who are remembered on the Holmer Green War Memorial and also records a few stories from some of those who came home again. More than 250 photographs of people and places during a time of great change.



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Pride of Bucks – Next Destination: Amersham Bus Garage 1933-1992

by Neil Lamond and John Hutchinson

1st edition published 2018

ISBN 978-1-9998335-3-4


This book traces how passenger numbers rose to new heights during the ‘Golden Era’ of

operations in the Chiltern Hills, then fell dramatically as the private motor car became the

transport of choice.Take a glimpse into the lives of the drivers, conductors and passengers.

A book full of local stories and charming period photographs.



168 x 221mm softback with spine

152 pages b/w & colour + 2pp colour cover


Postage £3.50 UK

Chesham at War 1914–1918

by Lesley Perry

1st edition published 2018

ISBN 978-1-9998335-2-7


The stories of the Chesham men who died during World War I, which reflect the history of the

20th century in Britain. A tribute to the men who gave their lives and an acknowledgement of

the sacrifices made by many families. The publisher has added a 20 page gallery of Chesham

photographs to the book, including the various peace celebrations of 1919.




210 x 297mm softback with 18mm spine

326 pages b/w + 4pp colour cover

25 Miles to Torrington – a History of the Mash Farming Family

by Doug Mash

1st edition published 2018

ISBN 978-1-9998335-4-1


205 x 254mm hardback with spine

160 pages b/w & colour + colour dustjacket

From London to Lye Green, this story runs in parallel to moments of great change in British

history across more than 100 years. Despite many of the old farming methods having been

lost forever, the business has continued to survive and thrive. Read about encounters with

royalty, fortunes made, upheavals weathered – and even an unsolved murder!


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The Chapel on the Green – Ley Hill Methodist Church

by Neil Rees

1st edition published 2018

ISBN 978-1-9998335-1-0


160 x 240mm softback with spine

64 pages colour + 4pp colour cover

The story of the Baptists and Methodists at Ley Hill – their chapels and congregations –  brought to life using recently found archive materials, newspaper reports and memories of members and ministers of its many meetings. This booklet is richly illustrated with about 100 beautiful photographs from then and now.


Chesham in Living Memory

by Peter Hawkes and Phil Cox

1st edition published 2016

ISBN 978-0-9554707-7-6


215 x 297mm softback

The age of the motor car. Find out how the town developed from the 1940s through to

the present day due to the demands of road building, modernisation of the shopping

centre and the unstoppable age of progress. Heavily illustrated with photographs

through the decades. An interesting focus on both architecture and motor vehicles.


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Faith in Chesham & Villages

by Colin Cartwright, Peter Hawkes and Neil Rees

In Progress

215 x 297mm softback with spine

A history of church and chapel folk in our town and villages over 1,000 years. The last person to be executed for reading the Bible in English was in Chesham in 1532. The town still has a strong non-conformist tradition with more diversity in religion than most comparable towns today.

Chairmaker’s Cottage to Chiltern Chapel – Lane End Methodist Church

by Betty Twitchen and Neil Rees

1st edition published 2012

ISBN 978-0-9554707-6-9


148 x 210mm softback with spine

72 pages mono + 4pp colour cover

Over 200 years in the history of a Buckinghamshire village: Lane End, near High Wycombe. For the first time this booklet tells the story of over 200 years of Lane End Methodist Church from 1801 to today. The chapel was closed in 2008 but Lane End Methodist church still meets as a Christian fellowship at Holy Trinity Church.

The Church by the Woods – St George’s, Tylers Hill, near Chesham

by Sheila Hart and Neil Rees (140th anniversary booklet 1871–2011)

1st edition published 2011

ISBN 978-0-9554707-5-2


160 x 240mm softback

32 pages colour + 4pp colour cover

For the first time the story of St George’s - its building and congregation – is brought to life by newspaper reports, Miss Bangay‘s memoirs and the memories of villagers, vicars and veterans of its many organisations and groups. This booklet is richly illustrated with about 100 beautiful photographs from then and now.


Postage £1.50 UK

Pubs & Inns of Chesham & Village

by Ray East, Keith Fletcher and Peter Hawkes

3rd edition published 2016

ISBN 978-0-9554707-4-5


215 x 297mm softback with spine

64 pages mono + 4pp colour cover

A fascinating guide to the historic public houses of Chesham and district, including more than twenty establishments that are still serving today. Featuring over 100 alehouses, inns, taverns and beer shops in the town centre and the surrounding Buckinghamshire villages.


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Chesham at Work in the 20th Century

by Keith Fletcher, Peter Hawkes and Lesley Perry

1st edition published 2008

ISBN 978-0-9554707-2-1

215 x 297mm softback with spine

64 pages colour + 2pp colour cover with flaps

A history of the main sectors of trade and manufacture that provided work and a livelihood for Chesham people through the 20th century. A celebration of Chesham’s industrial heritage, and a portrait of its workers and the many varied items that they produced in the town.


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