|Sir Anthony CHESTER Bt
Sir Anthony CHESTER Bt 2
Anthony was 19 years old when his father died in 1652. The fortunes of the family were at a low ebb, with Chicheley Hall in a state of delapidation from raids of the Parliamentarian garrison at Newport Pagnell. The young baronet had barely £300 a year, but his uncle Henry Chester managed his affairs with success. He did not finish his education due to the confusion of the times. He delayed marriage until the Hall was restored to habitable order in 1657. He received a fortune with his wife Mary Cramner (qv), and resided at Chicheley Hall where their children were born. He had to provide for three dowager Lady Chesters who all lived to a great age, so he did not take full posession of his estates until 1692. He was High Sheriff of Bucks in 1671, but took no part in public affairs during the reign of Charles II. He served in Parliament on the accession of King James, for Bedford. His larger estates were in Bedfordshire - Lidlington Park and Tilsworth. He took no further part in public life after the death of his eldest son in 1685.
Anthony married Mary CRANMER, daughter of Samuel CRANMER and Mary WOOD, on 21 May 1657 in St Lawrence, Chicheley, Buckinghamshire.1 (Mary CRANMER was born in 1635,4 died on 21 May 1710 5 and was buried on 26 May 1710 in St Lawrence, Chicheley, Buckinghamshire 6.)
1 Church Register, Chicheley, FHL ref 1967093.
2 Waters R.E.C. (1878), Memoirs of the Chesters of Chicheley Vols 1 and 2, London: Robson and Sons, p343.
3 Waters R.E.C. (1878), Memoirs of the Chesters of Chicheley Vols 1 and 2, London: Robson and Sons, p347.
4 Inference, Chester FH p349.
5 Waters R.E.C. (1878), Memoirs of the Chesters of Chicheley Vols 1 and 2, London: Robson and Sons, p349.
Church Register, BTs of Chicheley, FHL(L) ref Mf 1999164.