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.



These are the books that I have written to-date. Most of them are available to purchase on-line at or from other online sources.

My later books are written as community projects with all net proceeds of sale going to local groups in Berwickshire and (for the most recent books) to the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS), Northumberland. 

The Life and Times of Abraham Hayward, Q.C., Victorian Essayist 'One of the two best-read men in England', Hardcover, Lulu Publishing 2009 £22.50

This is the first published account of Abraham Hayward's life (1801-1884) and sets out to formulate the reasons for his success as a barrister, 'man of letters', essayist, gourmet, raconteur and confidante of Prime Ministers and other leading politicians, despite not having a wealthy background, influential connections or a university education. He was clever, if not brilliant and was courted for his conversation and opinions by the literati and the influential aristocrats of Victorian Britain. However, Hayward could be difficult and he made enemies, some of whom such as the philosopher, J. S. Mill and the M.P, J. A. Roebuck, altered the course of his career. The book is full of fascinating anecdotes and descriptions of events during the 19th century.

Editor, A Small Share in the Conflict    The Wartime Diaries and Selected Correspondence of Flt. Lt. Henry Chessell (R.A.F. Intelligence Branch), Hardcover, Lulu Publishing 2009 £17.50
This is a piece of social history. Although the letters and diary entries do not have the excitement of battles fought and won on foreign fields and there is no smell of cordite, they give a tantalising glimpse of the contribution made to the war office by the unseen 'backroom' R.A.F. and inter-service units that were working under a cloak of secrecy. The selected domestic entries also portray a vivid picture of a family living through the Second World War and many aspects of home defence during the war. At the end of each chapter of diary entries and letters, there is editorial comment on the progress of the war and other matters relating to the entries.

The Short and Simple Annals of the Poor; Some Family RamblingsHardcover, Lulu Publishing 2010
This is a family history. Private circulation only and not for sale.

Coldstream Building Snippets  Cans, Quoins and Coursers, Paperback, Lulu Publishing 2010 £6.99

The book describes many of the old buildings in Coldstream and the surrounding area and the visible techniques used in their construction. It suggests that there is much to see when walking around the streets and the countryside and it highlights many of the features to look out for, such as styles of chimney cans, roofs, windows, doors, walls, ironwork, street furniture, inscriptions and monuments interspersed with historical references. Net proceeds of sale go to Coldstream Community Centre. The book contains many photographs. Foreword by Mr. Andrew Douglas-Home, OBE.

The Braw Trees of Coldstream, Paperback, Lulu Publishing 2011, £6.99

Foreword by Lady Caroline Douglas-Home, MBE.

This book describes some of the notable, veteran and ancient trees in Coldstream and the surrounding area that appeal to the author on account of their age, historical connections, location or appearance and gives information on their setting within the Scottish Borders. The author has always been interested in trees and this was stimulated by taking part in recording trees for the Woodland Trust's 'Ancient Tree Hunt' which achieved its objective of recording 100, 000 notable, veteran and ancient trees by 2011, a project which continues carries on. Net proceeds of sale go to Coldstream Community Centre.  


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