Cecil Maurice Chapman (24 June 1852 - 23 June 1938) was a barrister, magistrate and local politician.

The son of Henry Chapman of Woodford, he was educated at the University of Oxford before being called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1878. He practised law on the South Eastern Circuit and was a justice of the peace for Surrey. He was appointed an Assistant Commissioner on Markets and Fairs in 1887.

Active in Conservative Party politics, and with an interest in local government, in 1892 he unsuccessfully sought election to the London County Council as a Moderate Party candidate at Chelsea. He subsequently gained a seat when a by-election was held to fill a casual vacancy on 19 November 1895 in the representation of Chelsea. He lost the seat at the next elections in 1898.

In August 1899 he was appointed a Metropolitan Police Magistrate. He presided at courts at Clerkenwell, Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster before retiring in 1924.

Following his retirement he wrote a number of books on law and his experiences on the bench.

He died at his home in Roehampton in 1938, aged 86.

Part of his family tree here [1] and a file at the British Library here [2].


  • "Obituary: Mr. C. M. Chapman, Metropolitan Police Courts". The Times: p. 18. 24 June 1938.