Chesham Bois is a chapelry of Chesham Ancient Parish in Buckinghamshire.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Leonard

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1542
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Chesham-Bois, a parish in Amersham district, Bucks; on the river Chess, 2 miles NNE of Amersham, and 6 SSW of Berkhampstead r. station. Post-town, Amersham. Acres, 905. Real property, £1,407. Pop., 218. Houses, 42. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £117. Patron, the Duke, of Bedford. The church is ancient but good; and contains a curious pulpit and a rich altar-tomb of Cheyne, the patron of Hooker.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CHESHAM-BOIS (St. Leonard), a parish, in the union of Amersham, hundred of Burnham, county of Buckingham, 1½ mile (N. E. by N.) from Amersham; containing 218 inhabitants. It comprises 905a. 3r. 32p., of which about 620 acres are arable, 150 woodland, and 46 common or waste; the situation is hilly, and the soil, in general a stiff clay resting on chalk, produces excellent wheat. The parish is intersected in the northern portion of it by a branch of the river Colne, on the banks of which are a corn-mill and a mill for the manufacture of paper. The living is a donative rectory, valued in the king’s books at £5. 6. 8., and in the gift of the Duke of Bedford: the tithes have been commuted for £160, and the glebe comprises 2¼ acres, with a glebe-house. The church was formerly a chapel of ease to the vicarage of Chesham, and is supposed to have been originally a private chapel to the adjoining mansion belonging at that time to Lord Cheney, whose family monuments are in the church, the records of which extend back as far as to the year 1560; the pulpit and a painted window are great curiosities, and exhibit much skill and ingenuity.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

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  • County: Buckinghamshire
  • Civil Registration District: Amersham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 – Lincoln, Post-1836 – Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Burnham
  • Poor Law Union: Amersham
  • Hundred: Burnham
  • Province: Canterbury

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