Antony Chessell
Antony Chessell


JULY 2021

Is the end in sight? I hope that 19 July will be the final "Freedom Day". However, we may still have to remain cautious, particularly if we need to get used to living with the virus for years to come.


I have spent time during the pandemic updating a book on the family history which I first wrote eleven years ago. Time flies! I am pleased with the result, which is a heavy, hardback book to be given to immediate members of the family.


Our latest book, Aspects of Buildings & Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford by Antony Chessell & Gwen Chessell published by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)( ISBN 978-0-244-75069-5 is available for sale online at £10. See  details on the Books (cont.) page for ordering. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS.


My fourth book on local topics, Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed, is available for sale, published by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)(, ISBN 978-1-291-58938-2 Price £10. Net proceeds of sale go to the Society. 

Information about this and other books, articles and poems can be seen on my Books & Books (cont.) pages and copies of some may be bought by clicking on the blue link at the top of the Books page and following the instructions.


About me

I was born in Birmingham and was brought up and went to school there and in Croydon when it was a County Borough in Surrey. I am a graduate of London University and of the Open University and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. I lived and/or worked in Croydon, the City of London, Surrey and Hampshire before spending most of my working life in local government and in the oil industry in Aberdeen and north-east Scotland before moving to Lyme Regis in Dorset, then to the Scottish Borders and now just on the other side of the Border in Northumberland. The photograph shows more of the stunning scenery close by—this is a view in the upper Breamish valley amongst the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland. The main occupants of this landscape are the Blackface sheep.

For sixteen years I was a part-time, volunteer Warning Officer in Aberdeen with the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation which was concerned with home defence, especially against nuclear attack. In the past, I have been Chairman of an Abbeyfield Society sheltered home for elderly people, Chairman of Governors of a primary school and have been involved with other voluntary work. I am a member of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, a member of the Royal British Legion and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. I am now a writer and a member of the Till Valley Archaeological Society.

I am married to another writer and we have two married daughters and their families who live in Edinburgh and Cyprus. We have three granddaughters and one grandson, all apples of their grandparents' eyes.

MY INTERESTS: history, local history, archaeology (actively), reading, hill-walking (particularly the Lake District and Scotland), old buildings and building techniques, trees and travel (particularly the Western Isles, Cyprus, Scandinavia and Australia). I belong to several national and local organisations in connection with these interests.

Music: classical music for strings, middle-of-the-road pop, folk, or whatever is on my iPod.
Films: Particular favourites are 'The Dish', 'The Castle' (two hilarious Australian films), 'Zulu' (a classic), but my taste is wide-ranging from thrillers to musicals to good war films to comedies to historical and contemporary dramas.
Books: For the desert island, an omnibus edition of the works of John Buchan. At home, again wide-ranging—classical, historical fiction and non-fiction, historical biography and anything to do with Australia.
My motto (the one that I strive to comply with!): DO IT NOW, NOT LATER! 

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