History of Little Chishill

St Nicholas' Church - exterior
St Nicholas' Church, Little Chishill
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History of Little Chishill >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

CHISHALL, (LITTLE) 8 miles West of Saffron Walden, has in its parish only 96 souls, and 1167A.1R.37P. of land, having a hilly and well wooded surface.

In the 14th century, it was held by the Argentine family, and afterwards by the Ufford, Effield, Boteler, and Ayllif families. Since 1684, it has been the property of the Soame family, formerly seated in the adjacent parish of Haydon.

Sir Peter Buckworth-Herne Soame, Bart., the present lord of the manor, and owner of most of the parish, resides here in a neat modern house called To Ho Cottage, and at Thorndon Bower, near Epping. Sir William Soame was created a baronet in 1697, and died without issue, at Malta, on his embassy to Constantinop1e.

The Church (St Nicholas,) is a small neat structure, with a freestone porch and a wooden tower, rising from a stone foundation.

The rectory is consolidated with that of Haydon, and the tithes here were commuted at the enclosure in 1812 for an allotment of 210A.3R.23P.

There is a small Independent Chapel in the parish. A very ancient family took their name from this or the other Chishall, and one of them was John de Chishull, bishop of London, who died in 1279.

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Little Chishill - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Little Chishill - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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