Chearsley, a small village and a parish in Bucks, near the river Thame, 4 miles NNE of Thame station on the G.W.R., and 7¼ WSW of Aylesbury, with a post office under Aylesbury; money order office, Long Crendon; telegraph office, Thame. Acreage, 942; population, 242, purely agricultural. Chearsley is the Cerdicesleagh of the Saxon chronicle, and was the scene of a defeat of the Britons by Cerdic and Cyndric. The village is intersected with trenches of that period. Bows and arrows have been dug up in recent times indicative of the site of the battle. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £115 with residence. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style. There is a Baptist chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Chearsley St. Nicholas|
|Poor Law union||Aylesbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1570
Church of England
St. Nicholas (parish church)
The parish church of St. Nicholas, anciently a chapel to Crendon, is a small building of stone, originally Early English, but now chiefly in the Perpendicular style, Consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a fine embattled western tower, with angle turret, containing 3 bells: the ancient font is Norman, with fluted basin and adorned above with cable ornament and other carved work and in the chancel floor are severa! brasses of the 15th century, including one to John Frankleyn, 1462, and Margaret his wife: the church affords 130 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Chearsley was in Aylesbury Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Chearsley from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Chearsley (St. Nicholas))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Chearsley are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:
A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online