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George Cranwell

George Cranwell

The painting above of Chrishall Chapel was done in 1915 by George Cranwell.  George was the youngest son of Oswald and Ann Cranwell who lived at what is now Ramblers, Crawley End, Chrishall. Oswald and Ann had seven children, six boys and one girl: Charles, Walter,...
1920s memories of Chrishall Sarah Flack

1920s memories of Chrishall Sarah Flack

I like the old fashioned fruit, we had everything in our garden at B Green [Broad Green], even a Quince tree over the pond. I often wonder if it is still there. The following article is taken from a letter written to Irene Cranwell in 1986 from Sarah Lucy Flack who...
The Ives of New Farm

The Ives of New Farm

William Ives (left) photographed by Maxwell, photographer at Bishop’s Stortford. This is the story of William and Jessie Rosetta Ives, a couple who were both born in Chrishall. William Allen Ives married Jessie Rosetta Abrams when she was 21 and he was 20. They...
The Tinworths of High Street

The Tinworths of High Street

Above is a picture of the Tinworth family who lived in Jasmine Cottage in the High Street at Chrishall. Edward Tinworth came from Elmdon and was a labourer when he married Sarah Hopwood at Chrishall on 1st May 1849.  Edward was 19 and Sarah just 16 when they were...
Albert and Alice Rogers

Albert and Alice Rogers

This peaceful picture is of Albert and Alice Rogers who brought up a large family at Home Farm, High Street. Albert started out as a carpenter but wanted to get into farming and that is just what he did. You can read an interview with one of his daughters, Annie...
The Harvey Photo Album

The Harvey Photo Album

George Harvey lived in the cottage on the green next to the Red Cow.  He was always smiling and was one of the loveliest and most gentle people I think I have ever met.  I think I am right in saying – please correct me if I am wrong someone – that he was a...
Thomas Harvey’s Obituary

Thomas Harvey’s Obituary

Mr Harvey was blessed with a phenomenal memory and the stories he could tell of Chrishall and Chrishall worthies of yesteryear were legion. He was a raconteur par excellence…

Mrs Cranwell’s Driving Test

This lovely extract is from a recording made by Zofia Everett with Irene Cranwell and is from the Essex Record Office Archive. Irene Cranwell was Chrishall’s village historian for many years and much of the current archive that we have is from her collection....

Jack Green – childhood in Chrishall

Jack was born at Chalky Lane in 1909 to Fred and Matilda Green.  Both his mother and father were born in the village, his father at the old cottages that used to be to the left of the chapel. Jack started school at 5 but “didn’t do any good at all”....
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