Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire
Chesham-Bois, a parish in Bucks, on the river Chess, 1 mile NNE of Amersham station on the Metropolitan Extension railway. Post town, Chesham (R.S.O.) Acreage, 910; population, 552. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £123 with residence. The church, "which was restored in 1881, is an ancient building in the Early English style. It contains a curious pulpit and a rich altar-tomh of Cheyne, the patron of Hooker.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Chesham-Bois St. Leonard|
|Poor Law union||Amersham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1542
Church of England
St. Leonard (parish church)
The parish church of St. Leonard is in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave and aisles of seven bays, south porch and a tower containing a clock and 3 bells: there is a carved Jacobean pulpit, and brasses with effigies to Benedict Lee, 1520, a chrisom child; Robert Cheyne, 1552, and Elizabeth, his wife, 1516: the church was restored in 1881 at a cost of £1,300, and a north aisle and a new tower at the south-west angle were built in 1884: the nave and north aisle were extended and a vestry added in 1911: the church contains sittings for 250 persons.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Chesham Bois was in Amersham Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Chesham Bois from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Chesham-Bois (St. Leonard))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Chesham Bois 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