USS: CHESHAM

USS stands for underground secret search and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction: https://dominiksymonowicz.com/2017/07/07/uss-dominik-underground-secrets-search-introduction/

    The station was opened on 8 July 1889. Accidently,  I have visited this station on the 128th anniversary of the opening.

    You can get here by Tube (Metropolitan line to Chesham, Zone 9*). It takes just … 74 minutes from Aldgate to Chesham. It is a very beautiful little station with old water tower, signal box and very lovely garden in the place where was track to another platform.

    I am very perplexed about Chesham. From one side it is a very beautiful little town with a decent high street that has a few local shops, big park, nice houses, churches ( St. Mary’s Church) and many places for a walk (I recommend Chess Valley Walk)  but … I had a feeling that Chesham is in decline. It looks like council just abandon this place. Park looks lovely but is lie shit mind field and pond looks like sewage tank. I want to go to Chesham Museum to learn more about Chesham but unfortunately, they just closed down during a lack of funding. 

Is any Good independent coffee place nearby?

I didn’t see any.

Is any good pub nearby?

    I didn’t find any local pub yet. Queen’s Head is a Fuller’s chain. I like this place for  a unique character. They have a few popular craft beer. Beers are reasonable priced.

Is any good restaurant nearby?

    There are a few restaurants in Chesham. We tried Queen’s Head which is a pub with Thai food. The place is family (you can bring a child in pram) and dog-friendly which is always a plus. The food was OK but I get one of the tiniest portions of rice I ever had. 

    I tried also sandwich in Sandwich bar on High Street. It was  OK’ish, but it is worth to mention that they charge me £3  but price everywhere was £2.95. I have a rule, that if this kind of thing happens I never go there again. I do NOT recommend a Sandwich bar.

Is interesting places to see nearby?

  1. High Street
  2. Chesham Clock Tower
  3. Chesham War Memorial
  4. A few religious places

Interesting walks nearby?

There are many good walks. Check this website for details  http://www.chesham.gov.uk/Walks/Local_Chesham_Walks.aspx

On this blog, you can find my experience from some of these walks.

Trivia and other interesting and non-interesting  facts:

  1. In movie The Imitation Game, 73 Church Street in Chesham appears as Alan Turing’s lodging house in Bletchley (Source: Wikipedia)
  2. Chesham station is around 40 km north-west of central London (measured from a famous place in Trafalgar Square near Charing Cross, making it the furthest London Underground station from central London.
  3. It is a northernmost London Underground Station.
  4. It is a westernmost London Underground Station.
  5. The distance between Chesham and Chalfont & Latimer is the longest between stations on the London Underground network.

SUMMARY

Chesham station looks great. Chesham as a place is like heaven for people who love work in the city, have access to an endless amount of events but relax in a peaceful place. It is something which I always dream about it. Unfortunately, this place looks like is decaying and beauty is dying, therefore, you should see it before it lost its magic.

*) Yes, Zone 9 exists in London … well, it is outside of London, but Zone 9 exits on Tube.

Sources:

Some Chesham citizen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGPQfVMTaJQ (Geoff Marshall/Londonist)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesham (Wikipedia)

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