Chignall Smealy

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Chignal Smealy
Village of Chignall Smealy - - 119196.jpg
Village of Chignall Smealy
The church of St, Nicholas, Chignall Smealy - - 119199.jpg
The church of St Nicholas
Chignal Smealy is located in Essex
Chignal Smealy
Chignal Smealy
Location within Essex
Population311 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL663113
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyEssex
Postcode districtCM1
Dialling code01245
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
51°46′41″N 0°24′58″E / 51.778°N 0.416°E / 51.778; 0.416Coordinates: 51°46′41″N 0°24′58″E / 51.778°N 0.416°E / 51.778; 0.416

Chignal Smealy is a small village on the north-western outskirts of Chelmsford, Essex. The local church (St. Nicholas) is a red brick building, containing an unusual red brick baptismal font which has been used for many christenings.

The village was struck by an F1/T2 tornado on 23 November 1981, as part of the record-breaking nationwide tornado outbreak on that day.[2]

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[edit]

The open views from the village give an 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. A flypast 14 miles long passed overhead at a speed of 310 mph, concluded by Concorde escorted by the Red Arrows.

The Village[edit]

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[3]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
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  3. ^ Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.

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