In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chignall Smealy like this:
CHIGNAL-SMEALY, or Little Chignal, a parish in Chelmsford district, Essex; 4½ miles NW by N of Chelmsford town and r. station. Post town, Great Waltham, under Chelmsford. Acres, 476. Real property, £709. Pop., 70. Houses, 14. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £120. Patron, Major Spitty. The church is good.
Chignall Smealy is now part of Chelmsford district. Click here for graphs and data of how Chelmsford has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Chignall Smealy itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chignall Smealy, in Chelmsford and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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