Chrishall School 1862 to 1973

Chrishall has had a school for village children to attend since 1862 and until 1973 it was housed in the purpose built red brick school building that has now been converted into houses in the centre of the village.  Backing on to Jigney’s Meadow and with a large playground in front there was plenty of room for the children to work off their energy before attending lessons in one of the two school rooms.  The school house was to the north of the building and was inhabited for many years by the head of the school.  We have photographs in the archive of the well tended front garden and the house continued to be inhabited right up until the mid-1960s.  Visits to the outdoor toilets and the large A-frame climbing frame on the hard tarmac playground are now fondly remembered by past students!

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Chrishall School Teachers

Chrishall School Teachers

We are hoping to put together a list of all the school teachers from the old Chrishall School here. If you remember any we don’t please let us know! 1862:  School opens 1901: Head: James French and wife Ellen also a teacher 1911: Head: Miriam Mitchell...
Cussel College

Cussel College

In the 1980’s Irene Cranwell wrote a series of articles for the Village Magazine under the ‘disguise’ of one of the village pumps.  These articles told elements of the village history and were often written to reflect the broad Essex dialect that...
Chrishall School 1970s

Chrishall School 1970s

One of the last photographs taken at the old school before we all moved over to the new school just across the playing field. Back row from left: Janet Potter, Vernon Clarke, Louise Martin, Simon Chandler, Elizabeth King, Louise Bayer, Fay Grice, Shirley Flack, Angela...
Egg and Spoon Race 1970

Egg and Spoon Race 1970

We think the people shown are as follows (left to right): Andrew Duerden, Karen Funston, Christopher Funston, Ruth Macadam (?), Mr Colin Nelson, Maria King, David Goddard, Sharon Rose.  Others are unknown apart from Eileen Law, the lady with the dark hair sitting at...
Chrishall School 1969 casual outdoor photo

Chrishall School 1969 casual outdoor photo

This more casual photograph looks like it might have been taken by one of the teachers.  Certainly everyone looks rather relaxed and not in the usual formal organised rows as in some of the other official year photographs. Those in the photograph as follows: Back row:...
Chrishall School December 1969

Chrishall School December 1969

This photograph was taken in the old school against the dividing wall between the two classrooms.  It is thought the dividing wall originally could have been folded back to make one big room but by the time this photograph was taken in 1969 it had had so many coats of...
Chrishall School 1956

Chrishall School 1956

Back row: Peter Rogers, Tony Heath, Terry Wisbey, Chris Ward, David White, Brian Norman, Chris Knights, Terry Jackson, Graham Oliver, Robert Reed, John Manning. Middle row: Morella Dyer, Sandra Rose, Betty Flack, Pat Dixon, Penny Ward, Mike Ward, Ann Whitmore, Maureen...
Chrishall School 1955

Chrishall School 1955

Back row: Mike Ward, Robert Reed, Chris Ward, Tony Heath, John Manning. Third row: John Cranwell, Pat Dixon, Margaret Edwards, Brian Norman, Terry Knights, Chris Knights, Carol Chapman, Shelia Flack, Penny Ward, Terry Jackson. Second row: Graham Oliver, Morella Dyer,...
School 1950

School 1950

Back row: Terry Knights, Brian Chapman, Chris Cranwell, Antony Drury, Michael Cranwell, Colin Hicks, Barry Heath, Bruce Drury, John Cane. Third row: Frank Hicks, Glenis Rogers, Vera Harvey, Shirley Harvey, Judy Flack, Heather Whitmore, Jennifer Cranwell, Heather...
School 1949

School 1949

The older girls in this photo are definitely following the fashions of the time! Back row: Shelia Whitmore, Jennifer Cranwell, Heather Whitmore, Mary Flack, Judy Flack, Shirley Harvey, Betty Harvey, Miss Oyston, John Cane. Third row: Bruce Drury, Anthony Drury, Colin...
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