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Census returns, family trees and local memories fill this section of our site.

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Chrishall Hearth Tax

Chrishall Hearth Tax

(Picture above: the old brewhouse at Gents Farm, now Broad Green Farm). Forasmuch as nothing conduceth more to the peace and prosperity of a nation, and the protection of every single person therein, than that the public revenue thereof may be in some measure...

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”....
The time of my life – Chrishall, 1939-42

The time of my life – Chrishall, 1939-42

Evacuee Norman Sherry tells us about his time in Chrishall during the Second World War (taken from an article sent to Mrs Cranwell in 2002).  Norman arrived with a group of 14 children who were evacuees in the village.  His memories are still very clear of the...
Spenny Loveday and Chrishall Cricket

Spenny Loveday and Chrishall Cricket

(Spenny Loveday interviewed by Stephen Foote) We recently caught up in the Red Cow and discussed the fortunes of the village cricket team over the years. Spenny joined the cricket team whilst still at Saffron Walden Technical and Modern school, having taken to the...

Memories from Spenny Loveday

Chrishall Born and Bred Life-long resident Spencer (Spenny) Loveday shares some reminiscences about his life in the village in the years during and after the war, interviewed by Stephen Foote and first published in The Village Web. Born in Royston in 1942, Spenny grew...

Kelly’s Directory 1933

This extract from Kellys directory of 1933 for Chrishall shows the first appearance of telephone numbers (T N) in the directory.  (It is also interesting that Mr Crocker felt he could advertise “any make of car supplied”!) We know quite a bit about the...

Saffron Walden Year Book 1886

The following is an extract from the Saffron Walden Year book which can be seen in Saffron Walden Town Library.  From around 1886 the year books included sections on local villages and either heads of households or those in business in the village.  I love how the...

Saffron Walden Year Book 1949/1950

An extract from the Saffron Walden and District Year Book of 1949/1950.  Included here is the introduction to the Chrishall section and a list of those who were running businesses or had a profession, in the village at the time. The ancient name of this village was...
The Red Cow, Chrishall – Known Residents

The Red Cow, Chrishall – Known Residents

The Red Cow Public House has stood at the centre of Chrishall for many many years. At one time there were several pubs in the village, including The Gate which stood just at the back of the Red Cow in Church Road. There was also the Moon and Stars at Broad Green....

Saffron Walden & North Essex Directory 1888

The Saffron Walden & North Essex Directory 1888 – CHRISHALL. A scattered parish, 7 miles west of Saffron Walden. Area 2,699 acres; rateable value, 3,014 1s 6d; population in1881, 572. Letters arrive from Royston at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m ; despatched at 5 p.m....
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