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, Frederick, John, Ralph, George and Ivy.
George was born in 1895 so he would have been 20 at the time of doing this painting. However this might well have been painted during a break from Army duty as sadly he was killed just a year later in October 1916.
It is interesting to see the house to the left of the Chapel obviously inhabited at this time with some homely smoke coming from the chimney. Also the grass bank that ran all the way along in front of Chapel Cottage. The photograph of the chapel that you can see here is obviously slighly earlier. There appears to be an extra shed or outbuilding on the end of the house to the left and the Chapel was obviously rendered over the brick front at some point. But I’m pleased to see Chapel Cottage obviously maintained their smart hedge for some years. Seeing George’s painting of the scene in such vivid colour really brings it all to life though. I wonder if he did any other paintings?
[With grateful thanks to Cherry Gilbert for allowing us copies of the pictures of Oswald, Ann and Ivy, the lovely painting and for the photo of George in uniform.]