Welcome to Chicheley

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Chicheley is a small village straddling the A422 road between Newport Pagnell and Bedford.  There are approximately 110 residents.

Chicheley is situated half way between the UK’s pre-eminent universities of Oxford and Cambridge.  It is home to Grade I listed Chicheley Hall, which is an outstanding example of  early 18th Century architecture.  It is now a luxury hotel and wedding venue.

Chicheley was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, using its original spelling of Cicelai, meaning Cicca’s clearing.  Details of Chicheley’s history are given in chapters 11 to 13 of “Beyond Sherington” by A. C. Chibnall.

Chicheley remains an active farming community, but is on the doorstep of Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton.  Central London can be reached in one hour by rail.

Chicheley is surrounded by open fields and its extensive network of public footpaths is well maintained by its farmers.

Although small, its community is friendly and active, with numerous events organised through the village hall and church.  It has a welcoming, traditional village pub, The Chester Arms, which offers excellent food.

Changes to Menu - July 2019

To simplify navigation (hopefully) with the increasing range of information being added, the website menu has been changed.  The categories are now:


What’s happening or has happened in the village


Minutes of the Parish Meeting and statutory notices relating to it.

Results of local and general elections.

Information relating to Milton Keynes Council including expansion plans, road maintenance, rights of way.


Information from Thames Valley Police about crime and ways to combat it.

St Lawrence Church

History, schedule of services with contact info, video, historical vestry minutes and information on the burial register. 

Chicheley Hall

General information and a video of a festival of floral art.  Please note the information on accessing Chicheley Hall because many GPSs take drivers the wrong way.


Images of Chicheley over the last 40 years, most of them taken after 2010.


Snippets of history and photos from the early 1900s to the 1970s.


Other websites concerning local news

Site Map

Quick index to the whole website