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Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyBuckinghamshire 
Ecclesiastical parishChesham-Bois St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionAmersham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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.

Civil Registration

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:

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:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online

RegionSouth East
Postal districtHP6
Post TownAmersham