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Holy Trinity Church

There has been a church at Chrishall for over a thousand years. There are so many stories it could tell us if only we could hear. Did it really used to look down on a village that was spread over the fields on the south of the church? And what really happened when the Plague came? Even though most of the Chrishall houses are now further up the hill the church is still there to look over the village and a recent restoration has made it even more of a community space.

Below you will find articles about the previous vicars of Chrishall and even some of the medieval inhabitants of this village. The graveyard map is here too if you are trying to find ancestors. And it starts with a picture gallery of the church from the early part of the twentieth century up to the present day. (Click here for a description  of the church from The Church of England website.)

Click on a photograph or article title to read more.

Re-opening of the church 1869

Re-opening of the church 1869

In 2015 Chrishall Church underwent an extensive project to replace the floor, replace some of the pews with chairs and also make many of the pews moveable to make a more flexible meeting place for the village.  This project has been a complete success and if you have...
Grazing on Chrishall Common

Grazing on Chrishall Common

Before the Enclosure Acts, Chrishall Common was the land at the back of the High Street heading over towards Chishill. Exactly where it was I don’t know but you do see it marked on old maps …

Church gallery of images

Church gallery of images

Chrishall Church images Click on any of the images below to see the full details of these lovely images.  On the larger copy of the first image below, for example, you can see two people walking down the footpath towards The Butts.  Notice how in the older photographs...
Rev. Godfrey Everth’s Book of Poetry

Rev. Godfrey Everth’s Book of Poetry

The Rev. Godfrey Everth was vicar at Chrishall from 1839 (see all the vicars of Chrishall here).  We hope it was the inspiration of his surroundings that ten years later allowed him to publish a book of poetry he had written. The Rev. Godfrey Everth MA, whose memorial...
Vicars of Chrishall

Vicars of Chrishall

1100: Richard de Bologne.  After the Norman Conquest, Eustace de Bologne was rewarded by King William with gifts of land, one of which was Chrishall.  So it looks like he installed one of his relations as the vicar. Queen Matilda, Eustace’s daughter, married...
Ancient Church Graffiti

Ancient Church Graffiti

Do you time travel? To some extent local history research can be like time travel.  The twentieth century is not only very well documented but large chunks of it are still in living memory of course.  Even the 19th century has a fairly wide range of information still...
Chrishall church without the spire 1914

Chrishall church without the spire 1914

This photograph was probably taken soon after the spire had been removed.  According to Chrishall Scrapbook this was when the tower was restored in 1914.  Note the lamp opposite the main door.  There seem to be a series of these lamps across the village.  (Click to...
Joan Cobham of Chrishall

Joan Cobham of Chrishall

In Chrishall Church there is a large brass that covers (or once covered – it has probably been moved) the tombs of Sir John de la Pole, who died probably in 1380, and his wife Joan (née Cobham), who died probably ten years or so later.  And the stone effigy that is...
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