Chalfont St Giles Genealogical Records

Chalfont St Giles Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Birth Notices from The Times (1983-2003)

An index to over 100,000 birth and christening notices from The London Times.

London Clandestine Marriages & Baptisms (1667-1754)

Registers of clandestine marriages and baptisms from the Fleet Prison, King's Bench Prison, the Mint and the May Fair Chapel. These events were recorded to avoid church regulations. Although the majority of records related to people in the London area, they cover people from throughout Britain and in some cases abroad.

Chalfont St Giles Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2005)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

UK Divorce Records (1858-1911)

Digital images of documents from civil divorce cases. The cases cover both the cause of the case and the outcome, such as division of property and visitation rights. These records also contain details of illegitimate children. Cases can be searched by a name index.

FreeBMD Marriages (1837-1961)

An index to marriages registered at the central authority for England & Wales. To March 1912 only the area of registration and name of one party is given. From then on, the spouse's surname is also given. Provides a reference, which can be used to order a marriage certificate with more details.

British Army Marriage Index (1796-2005)

An index to marriages registered for British Army personal at home and abroad.

Chalfont St Giles Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

British Army Death Index (1796-2005)

An index to deaths of British Army personal at home and abroad.

Death Notices from The Times (1982-1988)

An index to over 54,000 death notices and obituaries from The London Times.

Chalfont St Giles Church Records

Buckinghamshire Upperside Quaker Minute Book (1669-1690)

A transcription of the monthly meeting book. Contains numerous entries about members of the society, finances etc.

Letter Books of Samuel Wilberforce (1843-1868)

Transcriptions (with annotations) of over 700 letters, which primarily detail the ecclesiastical history of Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire.

Congregational Church in the Berks, Oxon & Bucks (1414-1905)

A history of Congregationalism in Berkshire, South Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire, with profiles of each church.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Chalfont St Giles Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland (1642)

A list of Buckinghamshire residents who supplied money to fund the suppression of rebellion in Ireland.

Buckinghamshire Subsidy Roll (1524)

A transcription of records detailing taxes paid in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Certificate of Musters (1522)

An early census of heads of households, with details on their worth for taxation.

Early Buckinghamshire Taxation Returns (1217-1513)

A collection of early taxation records, including a very detailed 1332 lay subsidy, which lists peoples' personal effects and their value.

Chalfont St Giles Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1619)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1559-1571)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Chalfont St Giles

Herts Guardian (1852-1867)

A regional newspaper primarily covering Hertfordshire, but also Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Middlesex. Its coverage was biased towards agricultural issues and affairs. It contained announcements of births, marriages and deaths.

Bucks Herald (1833-1909)

A conservative newspaper covering news in the county of Buckinghamshire, particularly the district of Aylesbury. Contains family announcements, business notices, advertisements and other items of interest to family historians.

The Daily Herald (1926)

A London newspaper that later became The Sun.

Pall Mall Gazette (1865-1900)

A gentleman's magazine published in London, but covering news from all England, Wales and further afield.

Reynolds's Newspaper (1850-1900)

Originally founded as a chartist organ, the newspaper became a liberal platform.

Chalfont St Giles Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Chalfont St Giles Cemeteries

Buckinghamshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Buckinghamshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribe memorials of those connected with the nautical occupations.

Rail & Canal Photographs Catalog (1880-1970)

A searchable database of photographs relating to railways and canals in Britain.

Chalfont St Giles Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1939)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1935)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1931)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1928)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1924)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Calendars of Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions (1678-1733)

Abstracts of records covering minor legal matters in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Feet of Fines (1195-1250)

Transcriptions of early Buckinghamshire land records. These records have been translated to English.

Calendar of Buckinghamshire Records (1390-1800)

Abstracts of various deeds, settlements and other records pertaining to Buckinghamshire. Records are ordered by parish and list their reference number.

Buckinghamshire Feet of Fines (1327-1509)

Abstracts of lawsuits over Buckinghamshire land. Digital images of some records are available on an external site.

Calendar of the Roll of the Justices on Eyre (1227-1228)

Abstracts of records produced by itinerant justices from Westminster in Buckinghamshire. These records largely deal with land disputes.

Chalfont St Giles Taxation Records

Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland (1642)

A list of Buckinghamshire residents who supplied money to fund the suppression of rebellion in Ireland.

Buckinghamshire Subsidy Roll (1524)

A transcription of records detailing taxes paid in Buckinghamshire.

Early Buckinghamshire Taxation Returns (1217-1513)

A collection of early taxation records, including a very detailed 1332 lay subsidy, which lists peoples' personal effects and their value.

Ship Money Papers & Richard Grenville's Note-Book (1635-1647)

A collection of records detailing taxes and agreements relating to shipping.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Chalfont St Giles Land & Property Records

Early Buckinghamshire Charters (1200-1300)

Transcriptions of deeds and charters from various collections. These records primarily detail the affairs of land-owners.

Buckinghamshire Feet of Fines (1195-1250)

Transcriptions of early Buckinghamshire land records. These records have been translated to English.

Calendar of Buckinghamshire Records (1390-1800)

Abstracts of various deeds, settlements and other records pertaining to Buckinghamshire. Records are ordered by parish and list their reference number.

Buckinghamshire Feet of Fines (1327-1509)

Abstracts of lawsuits over Buckinghamshire land. Digital images of some records are available on an external site.

Calendar of the Roll of the Justices on Eyre (1227-1228)

Abstracts of records produced by itinerant justices from Westminster in Buckinghamshire. These records largely deal with land disputes.

Chalfont St Giles Occupation & Business Records

Buckinghamshire Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Buckinghamshire pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

South England Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the south of England.

Lost Pubs of Buckinghamshire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

UK Medical Registers (1859-1959)

Books listing doctors who were licensed to operate in Britain and abroad. Contains doctor's residencies, qualification and date of registration.

Chalfont St Giles School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Chalfont St Giles

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Chalfont St Giles Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Buckinghamshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Buckinghamshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Chalfont St Giles Military Records

Oxfordshire & Bucks Light Infantry Chronicle (1914-1920)

A record of the regiment covering topics from lists of fallen to sports during the time of WWI.

The Buckinghamshire Posse Comitatus (1798)

A survey of Buckinghamshire men who were eligible and able to serve in the military. Includes occupations and a name index.

Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland (1642)

A list of Buckinghamshire residents who supplied money to fund the suppression of rebellion in Ireland.

Buckinghamshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Buckinghamshire, with some service details.

Buckinghamshire WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Buckinghamshire, with some service details.

Chalfont St Giles Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Chalfont St Giles Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Buckinghamshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Vocabulary (1850-1897)

A dictionary of words from the Buckinghamshire dialect.

Buckinghamshire Church Photos (1909-2007)

A collection of photographs of Anglican and non-conformist churches.

Buckinghamshire Photos (1886-2007)

Photographs ordered by settlement.

Biographical Directories Covering Chalfont St Giles

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Chalfont St Giles Maps

Maps of Buckinghamshire (1610-1892)

A collection of digitalised maps covering the county.

Buckinghamshire Hundreds Maps (1847)

Topographical maps of each of the counties hundreds.

Lysson's Map of Berkshire (1806)

The map of Berkshire that appeared in the Magna Britania.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Chalfont St Giles Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Chalfont St Giles Information

Ecclesiastical Juristiction:

  • Canterbury province
    • Norwich diocese
      • Lynn archdeaconry
        • Burnham deanery
      • Lincoln diocese
        • Buckingham archdeaconry
          • Amersham deanery

      Historical Description

      CHALFONT ST. GILES is a village and parish on the Misbourne stream, 3 ¼ miles south from Chalfont Road station on the Metropolitan Extension railway, 5 ¾ south-west from Rickmansworth 4 north-east from Beaconsfield and 3 ½ south from Amersham, in the Southern division of the county, hundred and petty sessional division of Burnham, union of Amersham, county court district of Chesham, rural deanery of Amersham, archdeaconry of Buckingham and diocese of Oxford. The church of St. Giles is an ancient structure chiefly in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, and consists of chancel, nave of 3 bays and 2 aisles: the bases of the pillars in the south aisle are Norman: there is a good Early English window in the chancel; the communion rails, the gift of Bishop Hare, dean of St. Paul’s, are said to have come from that cathedral; the embattled western tower, originally Norman, but restored in the Decorated style, and again restored in 1862, contains 6 bells and a small sanctus bell now used for the clock: the clock was made in 1710, but was repaired and improved in 1869: there is an elegant and curious east window, a quatre-foiled piscina and a recess for an Easter sepulchre: the font is Norman and square and has been renewed with supporting columns of Purbeck marble: in the church was buried Sir Philip de la Vache, a friend of the Black Prince, and there are brasses to the Gardiner and Fleetwood families, including one to Thomas Fletewode, 1570, his 2 wives and 18 children; Francis Hare, Bishop of Chichester, 1731—40, who married the heiress of the Claytons, is buried here, and there are monuments with arms to the Clayton family, the Rev. W. Jones, Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser bart. d. 19 March, 1796, and Thomas Allen esq. and stained windows to the Mair, Fawcett, Palmer, Moore and Lloyd families: the church was restored in 1862—3 under the direction of the late G. E. Street esq. R.A.; during the restoration many interesting objects were brought to light, including some frescoes of architectural designs over the chancel arch, and others on the south wall of the South aisle depicting scenes of the Old and New Testament: in the same wall was discovered an arched recess, now inclosing remains of stone coffins found under the pews in the nave; a number of interesting specimens of old tiles bearing figures and devices of flowers were relaid: in the north and south aisles are thirteen slabs, containing the matrices of brasses: the church was re-opened, June 7th. 1863: the south aisle was extended, an organ chamber erected, and a new organ provided by the parishioners in 1884 at a cost of £597, as a memorial to the Rev. Charles Lloyd B.A. 24 years rector, 1859—83, and hon. Canon of Christ church: a tablet of mosaic and marble was also erected at the same time to John Milton, d. 8 Nov. 1674: in 1889, the nave roof and belfry were restored, and the bells rehung at a cost of £398: in 1890 a new window was placed at an expense of £50, and in 1894 a memorial window was erected at a cost of £68, to Canon Lloyd, his wife, and two sons: a porch of English oak was built in 1895, from designs by John O. Scott esq. F.S.A, at a cost of £250, as a memorial to Samuel Saundars esq. of The Grove: an ancient lych gate leads from the street into the churchyard: there are 450 sittings, all being free. The register dates from the year 1584, but has been mutilated in several places, and the years 1642 to 1653 are missing. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £430, with 46 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford, and held since 1886 by the Rev. Pownoll William Phipps M.A. of Pembroke College, Oxford, surrogate and rural dean of Amersham. The Congregational chapel, built in 1876, will seat 200 persons; the Primitive Methodist chapel, erected in 1865, has 270 sittings; and the meeting house for the Society of Friends, one of the first established in England, and known as “Jordans,” seats 150 persons. Allen’s charity of £10 yearly is for bread; Jones’s charity of £20, Sandford’s of £3, Molloy’s of £20, and Sir Hugh Palliser’s of £34, are for outfits, Sunday school prizes and church teaching for children. The Vache, the seat of Thomas Newland Allen esq. J.P. stands in an extensive park, and is stated to have been originally built in the year 1277; a great part of the ancient structure still remains, and some portions date from the 14th cent. The place takes its name from the family of De la Vache, who came from Shenley and Aston Clinton, and settled here; from them in 1564 the estate passed to the Fleetwoods, one of whom married Bridget, daughter of Oliver Cromwell and widow of Henry Ireton; his grandson, having signed the warrant for the execution of Chas. I. lost the property, which was subsequently granted to Sir Thomas Clayton, warden of Merton College, from whom it passed to Dr. Francis Hare, bishop of Chichester, 1731—40, And in 1771 it was sold by that family to Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser bart. on whose death 19 March, 1796, the Vache descended by bequest to his natural son George, and was purchased in 1825 by Thomas Allen esq. of Newlands, father of the present owner; Dr. James Fleetwood, Bishop of Worcester, 1675—83, was born in this house. Roughwood is the property and seat of George James Robinson esq. J.P. Welders is the seat of the Right Hon. Charles Thomson Ritchie P.C., M.P., J.P. Stone Dean, of J. Wilmot Johnson esq. The Stone is the seat of Col. Ramsay Weston Phipps J.P. Nightingales is the residence of Mrs. Haden. Roughwood Park is the residence of Robert Brocklehurst esq. and Stratton Chase of Henry Pocock esq. The Grove, the seat of Mrs. Sandars, is celebrated as having been the place in which the Society of Friends held their earliest meetings previous to the building of “Jordans,” where a number of Quakers have been interred, including William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania (who died at Ruscombe, Berks, 30th July, 1718), his two wives and five children.

      During the great plague in 1665, Milton retired to this village, and here wrote or finished his “Paradise Lost;” the house in which Milton resided still remains, and appears, from the arms above the doorway, to have been built by the Fleetwoods. In 1887 it was purchased by the parish with the help of Mrs. Tompson, the owner, and dedicated to the use of the public for ever, and has been conveyed to a body of trustees, consisting of the rector of the Tarish, the Right Hon. C. T. Ritchie M.P. of Welders, Col. R. W. Phipps, Rev. G. R. Sandars M.D. of Alsager and Mr. W. Curtis, who, with the lord of the manor, form the committee of management: it is now used as a museum for objects connected with Milton and other local interests, and contains a first edition of “Paradise Regained,” some cannon balls fired into the church by Cromwell’s troops when encamped in an adjoining field after the battle of Aylesbury, and several curious pikes, formerly kept in the church. Bottrells, now in the occupation of Mr. John Theodore Tussaud, was formerly occupied by Thomas Elwood, the Quaker. The mill, now belonging to Henry Pocock esq. is supposed to be the oldest in the county, and in the cottage adjoining is a painted ceiling dating from 1665; the walls were also painted, but have been partially papered over; four subjects, viz. the “Peach Tree,” “Dish of Fruit,” “Farm Yard” and “The Windmill” are still visible. Thomas Newland Allen esq. who is lord of the manor, Hy. Pocock esq. Charles E. Moore esq. the trustees of the late Sami. Sandars esq. George James Robinson esq. the Duke of Bedford and Mrs. Haden are the principal landowners. The soil is gravel, loam and chalk; subsoil, chalk and gravel. The land is arable, meadow, pasture and woodland. The area is 3,722 acres; assessable value, £6,330; the population in 1891 was 1,286.

      A School Board of 5 members was formed 11 Nov. 1878; R. H. Rushforth Amersham, clerk to the Board; Alfd. Keen, attendance officer.

      Board School (formerly National), erected in 1865 & enlarged in 1878: a separate school for boys was built in 1889, & the school will now hold 126 boys, 125 girls & 107 infants; average attendance, 77 boys, 94 girls & 79 infants.

      Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire (1899)

      Chalfont St. Giles, four miles from Amersham, upon our road, was for some time the residence of Milton, who retired to this village, during the great plague in 1665, and here he finished his admirable poem of Paradise Lost. The house in which he resided was built by the Fleetwood family, former proprietors of the manor of Vache in this parish, as appears from their arms over the door: it is now occupied by a farmer.

      Sir Hugh Palliser founded a school at Chalfont St. Giles for the education of 20 boys and 20 girls, and endowed it with 30l per annum.

      Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke