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. It was the owner of this lodge, Edward III's shield bearer, Thomas Cheyne, who first gave his name to the village and his descendant, Sir John Cheyne, who built Chenies Manor House in around 1460 on the site.
St Michael's Church
The parish church of St Michael includes the Bedford Chapel, burial place of many notable members of the Russell family. 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'."
Chenies and Latimer Cricket Club play at the cricket ground in the village.
- Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 1 February 2013
- "Extract from Chenies Church and Monuments by Adeline Marie Bedford published 1901". Retrieved 31 December 2007.
- "Chenies Manor House". AboutBritain.com. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
- Bedford Chapel
- Nikolaus Pevsner/Elizabeth Williamson, The Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire (2nd ed., 1994, online)
- Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 126
- Aircraftman 2nd Class Crook, John Lionel CWGC Casualty Record
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