Chenies  Buckinghamshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chenies like this:

CHENEYS, Chenies, or Islehampstead-Cheneys, a village and a parish in Amersham district, Bucks. The village stands on the verge of the county, on the river Chess, 4¼ miles E by N of Amersham, and 4½ WSW of King's Langley r. station. It consists of neat cottages, grouped round a pretty green; has a post office of the name of Chenies, under Watford; and gives the title of Baron to the Duke of Bedford. ...

The parish comprises 1, 744 acres. Real property, £2, 399. Pop., 468. Houses, 112. The manor belonged formerly to the Cheynes and the Sapcotes; and passed by marriage, in 1560, to the Russells. The manor-house of the Sapcotes was almost rebuilt by the first Lord Russell, and gave entertainment to Queen Elizabeth in 1570; and a picturesque fragment of it, now a farm-house, still stands adjacent to the church. Chorley-Wood, in the near neighbourhood, is the seat of W. Longman, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £380.* Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church is an ancient edifice, beautifully restored; was the marriage-place, in 1630, of the Countess of Dorset to the Earl of Pembroke; contains two remarkable brasses of the Cheynes; and includes a chapel which has been the burial-place of the Russells since 1556, and which contains a series of magnificent tombs of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford and their children. There is a Baptist chapel.

Chenies through time

Chenies is now part of Chiltern district. Click here for graphs and data of how Chiltern has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Chenies itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chenies, in Chiltern and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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