Chignal Smealy

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Chignal Smealy
The church of St, Nicholas, Chignall Smealy - - 119199.jpg
The church of St Nicholas
Grid reference: TL663113
Location: 51°46’41"N, 0°24’58"E
Population: 311  (2011[1])
Post town: Chelmsford
Postcode: CM1
Dialling code: 01245
Local Government
Council: Chelmsford

Chignal Smealy is a small village and ancient parish in the Chelmsford hundred of Essex on the north-western outskirts of Chelmsford. The local church (St Nicholas) is a red-brick building, containing an unusual red-brick baptismal font.

The spelling of the village name is open to discussion. Sometimes it is spelt "Chignall Smealy" other times, it is spelt "Chignal Smealy".

The Queen's Birthday Flypast

The open views from the village give an excellent opportunity to watch the Queen's Birthday Flypast in June each year. The route is classified but in previous years the flight has been routed over the village then on to Hainault Country Park, Fairlop station and finally to the Mall. One memorable flypast over the village took place during the Queen's Golden Jubilee Weekend on 4 June 2002. A lavish flypast 14 miles long passed overhead at a speed of 310 mph, concluded by Concorde escorted by the Red Arrows.

The Village

Chignall Smealy has a number of different clubs and groups including: Bowls Club, Chignal 4 Art, Cricket Club, Gardening Club, Wine Discovery, Women's Institute.

The Pig and Whistle is a traditional rural village pub, dating back to the mid-19th century[2]


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