Welcome to the Chrishall Advent Calendar!
During Advent we hope to bring you our own version of an Advent Calendar here on the site – a miscellaneous collection of small items from the village history – a new one each day. Enjoy!
Charles and Mary-Ann Flack who lived in High Street in Chrishall next door to the Guiver's who lived at 'Kemps'. Charles and Mary-Ann had two sons and a daughter according to the 1911 census. Charles was one of the traction engine drivers as was his eldest son,...read more
This little piece was reported in the Cambridge Daily News of Saturday 26th August 1899. From looking at the census, it looks like this was Dennis, son of Peter Harvey who fell from the cart. The family lived in Crawley End. Hopefully Dennis lived to tell the tale...read more
Trying something a little new for you today - a flip book of some "Chrishall Industry". Give it a moment or two to load, particularly if you are on a slow connection. [flipbook...read more
Chrishall school makes some improvements as can be seen from this article from the Essex Newsman of 1894 (32 years after the school was built). The Essex Newsman was a weekly paper first published in 1870, according to the Canvey Island Community site here who have...read more
Following, in the Advent 2017 series, from a piece on Aunt Daisy, it seems appropriate to have something further about the church. Here Irene Cranwell explores the early church registers. These are currently being transcribed and it is hoped will be available to...read more
The Red Cow looking much smarter here and what looks like large piles of brushwood, stakes and poles stacked around the small shed that is now where the Red Cow car park is. It looks like someone was perhaps running a fencing and hedging business - do we know any...read more
The Red Cow as a basic drinking pub rather than the lovely restaurant and activities provided by the pub today: http://www.theredcow.com/read more
She was Aunt Daisy to generations of Sunday School children in Chrishall. But to give her her full title she was Miss Daisy Maud Revell. Aunty Daisy was one of her the most placid persons I have ever known. Nothing ruffled her and she was completely devoid of physical...read more
Another picture of Martinholme here taken from further back near Ede Negus's cottage. You can see how much the pond encroached on the road and also how much narrower the roads were then.read more
Martinholme clearly marked here as Chrishall Post Office. Run by the Chambers family for many years, this was apparently not only the Post Office but one of the several village shops in the village at that time. Not only was it well stocked with anything you needed...read more
This postcard, of a similar age to the earlier picture of The Green, shows Church Road with the Pigg / Rush garage on the left. You can also see Ede Negus's slate roofed cottage on the far left of the picture. This cottage has been replaced with a modern house but...read more
Methodist Chapel Bult 1862. "that piece of land containing by estimation twelve perches situate at Crowley End, whereon a cottage in the occupation of Widow Read formally stood, but whereon there has since been erected a Primitive Methodist Chapel." The Trustees were...read more
Hop on the train at Chrishall Railway Station? In January of 1893 there was a proposal that would have included Chrishall in the railway line that ran through to Haverhill. (Spelling as in the original article). Chelmsford Chronicle 27 January 1893 ANOTHER RAILWAY...read more
Samuel and Lucy Abrams lived at Builden End and had four children. Here they are outside their house in Builden End with two of their daughters. We have some lovely photographs of the Abrams family thanks to Jane Spengler and Penny Swift, relations of the Ives...read more
A lovely photo of Charlie Rogers looking confidently down into the camera standing out the front of Home Farm in High Street. Charlie went on to marry Dorothy Rush whose parents ran the garage (see yesterday's advent post). Click on the photo below for a larger...read more
Mr and Mrs Rush ran the garage in the centre of the village. Among other things they provided taxi services. You can see a picture of the garage here when it was run by Mr Pigg. (Click on the photograph below to see a larger version)....read more
The Green at Chrishall looking somewhat different to what it does today. This postcard is undated but possibly comes from the 1920s? It is obviously after the War Memorial was placed on the Green but I'm not sure when those large telegraph poles appeared in the...read more
Welcome to this website about the community of Chrishall in Essex.
Chrishall is a small village on a hilltop in the very north west of Essex, close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the East of England. This website is particularly aimed at the local community and the genealogist who perhaps has never visited Chrishall and wishes to visualise the kind of community whence his or her ancestor came.