Chesham has the distinction of being the Underground stop furthest from the centre of London. From its beginnings as a market and industrial town known for producing four b's beer, brush, boots and Baptists Chesham has modernised into a town of 21,000 residents and a varied economic base across all sorts of businesses. It is also a bedroom community to London.
The River Chess, which runs near the town, was named after Chesham, and not the other way as is often thought. There seems to be something special in the water, for the distinguished imaginative thinkers Stephen Fry, D.H. Lawrence, and Lewis Carroll all have ties to Chesham. The Heritage House School, which has a prestigious reputation for serving students with learning difficulties, is in Chesham. Due to its geographic position, residents of parts of Chesham have difficulty picking up TV, radio, and telephone signals.