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St.Michael Church in Chenies from the east - - 7623.jpg
St Michael's Church
Grid reference: TQ016984
Location: 51°40’30"N, 0°31’55"W
Population: 246  (2011[1])
Post town: Rickmansworth
Postcode: WD3
Dialling code: 01923, 01494
Local Government
Council: Buckinghamshire
Chesham & Amersham

Chenies is a village and parish in the Burnham Hundred of Buckinghamshire, on the border with Hertfordshire, east of Chesham and Chalfont St Peter.


Until the 13th century, the village name was Isenhampstead. There were two villages here, called Isenhampstead Chenies and Isenhampstead Latimers, distinguished by the lords of the manors of those two places. In the 19th century the prefix was dropped and the two villages became known as Chenies and Latimer.

Near this village there was once a royal hunting-box, where both King Edward I and King Edward II were known to have resided.[2] It was the owner of this lodge, Edward III's shield bearer, Thomas Cheyne, who first gave his name to the village[2] and his descendant, Sir John Cheyne, who built Chenies Manor House in around 1460 on the site.[3]

Several paper mills were once established in Chenies, operated by the River Chess, which flowed here from further west in Buckinghamshire.

St Michael's Church

The parish church of St Michael includes the Bedford Chapel, burial place of many notable members of the Russell family.[4][5] The church is not of great architectural interest but stands in an attractive position in the Chess Valley near the manor house. "The fabulous series of monuments to the Russells, Dukes of Bedford, and their connexions ... [are according to] the late Mrs. Esdaile ...'one of the finest collections of tombs in England'."[6]

The Churchyard Extension contains the war grave of an airman of World War II, Aircraftsman 2nd Class John Lionel Crook who died on 12 December 1944.[7]


Chenies and Latimer Cricket Club play at the cricket ground in the village.


  1. Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 1 February 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Extract from Chenies Church and Monuments by Adeline Marie Bedford published 1901". Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. "Chenies Manor House". Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  4. Bedford Chapel
  5. Nikolaus Pevsner/Elizabeth Williamson, The Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire (2nd ed., 1994, online)
  6. Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 126
  7. Aircraftman 2nd Class Crook, John Lionel CWGC Casualty Record

Outside links

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