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Amer­sham Mu­seum

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES - AN­THONY DEL MU­SEUM VOL­UN­TEER

The Wyvern. Coaches from London to Ayles­bury reg­u­larly stopped at the inn to give pas­sen­gers a break on the seven-hour jour­ney.

The rear of the Grif­fin is of the Tu­dor pe­riod, but the front is late 17th cen­tury.

Dur­ing the Civil war in the 17th cen­tury, Par­lia­men­tary troops passed through Amer­sham on their way to Ayles­bury and Oliver Cromwell is said to have dined at the Grif­fin.

The Grif­fin was also known as the ‘Elec­tion Pub’ un­til 1832 when Amer­sham stopped hav­ing two MPs. Vot­ers met at the Grif­fin to be ‘per­suaded’ where to cast their votes by the par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates and then after their suc­cess­ful elec­tion they re­turned to en­ter­tain the vot­ers and ladies of the town.

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