Chesham Bois (traditionally /ˌtʃɛsəm ˈbɔɪz/, but now more
commonly /ˌtʃɛʃəm ˈbɔɪz/) is a village in Buckinghamshire,
England, adjacent to both
Amersham and Chesham.
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Initially a hamlet in the parish of Chesham, the manor was assessed at
1½ hides in the reign of King Edward the Confessor. The estate
belonged to a brother of King Harold, who was killed with him at the
Battle of Hastings
Battle of Hastings and probably
William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror gave this
‘royal’ land to his own half-brother, Odo Bishop of Bayeux. The
village gets its name from the de Bosco family (the French version
of which was 'de Bois') and by 1213 in the reign of King John a
William du Bois was holding the manor. By about 1430, in the reign
of Henry VI, the manor had been acquired by the Cheynes of
remained for over 300 years, before conveying the manor to the Duke of
Bedford in 1735.
Chesham Bois House, the site of the manor, was
the subject of an archaeological excavation by television programme
Time Team, which was broadcast in the
United Kingdom on
Channel 4 in
Famous people born in
Chesham Bois were the crime writer and composer
Edmund Crispin, Lieutenant Commander Peter Scawen Watkinson Roberts,
who was awarded the
Victoria Cross for gallantry in the face of the
World War II
World War II and Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank
of England. David Munrow, the Early Music pioneer lived in Chesham
Bois for a short period of time before his death.
The village contains two churches: the
Anglican church of St.
Leonard's (started in the 12th century) and the
Roman Catholic Church
of Our Lady (built in 1915 and extended in 1953).
Chesham Bois C of E
Combined School is located down Bois Lane, a mixed primary school with
over 200 pupils. The Beacon School is also located in the village and
is an independent preparatory school educating over 400 boys. Also on
located in the Village is Our Ladys
Roman Catholic Combined School
which is opposite the church of the same name.
Elangeni School is
situated at the end of Woodside Avenue and is a mixed state school. A
40-acre (160,000 m2) sycamore and ash wood and common is the site
of the local cricket pavilion, as well as being the site for the
biennial village fete.
Today some of
Chesham Bois merges into Amersham-on-the-Hill. It still
remains a particularly splendid part of the Chiltern Hills.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to
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St. Leonard's Church,
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Roman Catholic Church,
^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 2 February 2013
^ a b c Page, William, ed. (2014) [London:Victoria County History,
Chesham Bois". A History of the County of
Buckingham: Volume 3. British History Online. Institute of Historical
Research. pp. 218–221. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
^ "A history of
Chesham Bois House". Retrieved 30 December 2007.
^ "mention of the name de Bosco in 1806 in "Magna Britannia"".
Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 30 December
^ "Details of the Cheyne family links for
Chesham Bois". Retrieved 30
^ "The Cheyne gang". Retrieved 30 December 2007.
^ "Discussion on
Time Team Forum". Retrieved 30 December 2007.
County Council elections
District Council elections
Other civil parishes
Chalfont St Giles
Chalfont St Giles
Chalfont St Peter
Little Wood Corner
Latimer and Ley Hill
Amersham Rural District
Chesham Urban District
Buckinghamshire County Constituency
List of Parliamentary constituencies in Buckinghamshire
List of places in Buckinghamshire
List of civil parishes