Welcome to this website about the community of Chrishall in Essex.
Chrishall is a small village on a hilltop in the very north west of Essex, close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the East of England. This website is particularly aimed at the local community and the genealogist who perhaps has never visited Chrishall and wishes to visualise the kind of community whence his or her ancestor came.
“I stumbled accidentally across some aspects of its history, and began to learn and think more about it, but then – as I studied the records – people began to rise up out of them. Where before I had seen only names on lists, individual characters began to shake their shoulders and stand up. It was as though these dead were being awakened, resurrected. They seemed close, as though they had something to say.”
(quote from In a Country Churchyard by Ronald Fletcher. Although this quote refers to Westleton in Suffolk, we hope you come to feel the same about Chrishall charcters and history.)
Annual General Meeting Postponed
The AGM for Chrishall Village Archive Group due to be held on Thursday 12th March has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. A new date will be scheduled in due course.
This photograph was given to the collection by Romaine - many thanks. It might add something to the Abrams jigsaw! It is thought to have been taken in 1914 after Clara Ives marriage to Will Drury. Standing from left to right: Lucy and Samuel Abrams, Nell and Will...
On November 23rd we ran the third Irene Cranwell Memorial Lecture. This year it took the form of an afternoon exhibition plus evening talk. We were very pleased to work with SOCA, the Society of Chrishall Artists at this event. Chrishall Archive Group had a history...
Members of Chrishall Archive Group joined with the Parish Council to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. The church service this year was held in Chishill where the names of all those listed on the war memorials from all the group of churches were read out. It was felt it...
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