Chignall Smealy is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Brick Chignall, Little Chignall

Parish church: St. Nicholas

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1600
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHIGNAL-SMEALY, or Little Chignal, a parish in Chelmsford district, Essex; 4½ miles NW by N of Chelmsford town and r. station. Post town, Great Waltham, under Chelmsford. Acres, 476. Real property, £709. Pop., 70. Houses, 14. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £120. Patron, Major Spitty. The church is good.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CHIGNAL-SMEALY (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union and hundred of Chelmsford, S. division of Essex, 4¾ miles (N. W. by N.) from Chelmsford; containing 94 inhabitants. This is one of the smallest parishes in the county, containing not more than 300 acres of land, the greater part of which is of very inferior quality. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £5. 6. 8.; net income, £120; patrons, alternately, F. Austen, Esq., and the family of Coke. The church is of brick, with an embattled tower, and contains some ancient monuments.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Chelmsford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Chelmsford
  • Poor Law Union: Chelmsford
  • Hundred: Chelmsford
  • Province: Canterbury

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