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Chearsley is located in Buckinghamshire
 Chearsley shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 539 [1]
OS grid reference SP715105
Civil parish Chearsley
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Aylesbury
Postcode district HP18
Dialling code 01844
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Aylesbury
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Coordinates: 51°47′25″N 0°57′42″W / 51.7902°N 0.9617°W / 51.7902; -0.9617

Chearsley is a village and civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England. It is situated about seven miles south west of Aylesbury, and about four miles north of Thame, in Oxfordshire.


The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Cerdeslai. It was originally a hamlet in the nearby parish of Crendon.It was established as a parish in its own right by the Bishop of Lincoln in 1458.


The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'Cerdic's clearing' or 'Cerdic's lea'.

Elite personal names[edit]

The incidence of Brittonic personal names in the royal genealogies of a number of "Anglo-Saxon" dynasties is significant. The Wessex royal line was traditionally founded by a man named Cerdic, an undoubtedly Brittonic name ultimately derived from Caratacus. This may indicate that Cerdic was a native Briton, and that his dynasty became anglicised over time.[2][3]


The village was used as a location in the television series Midsomer Murders – ep. Country Matters, ITV.


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics Census 2011, Accessed 3 February 2011
  2. ^ Koch, J.T., (2006) Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, ISBN 1-85109-440-7, pp. 392–393.
  3. ^ Myres, J.N.L. (1989) The English Settlements. Oxford University Press, pp. 146–147


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