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. It is run by…
“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.)
Chrishall Archive will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with an exhibition, launching some new village history walks and raffling a delicious hamper of goodies.
Do call in and see us.
2022 Opening Times
We will be opening Chrishall Archive on the following dates. Do call in for a chat and we might even rustle up a cup of tea and a biscuit if you’re lucky!
Recent updates to existing content:
Above is Mullion Cottage at the top of Church Road as you might not have seen it before. Mullion used to be two cottages with a shop in the middle. The shop at the time of this photograph was Hicks’ Butchers, and the Hicks family lived in the cottage on the right of...
This lovely news story was found in The Daily News, Perth and published on 26 November 1903. Two disappointed lovers brought together In September last an old lady, accompanied by her daughter, called at the house of the relieving officer at Saffron Walden, England,...
The cottage, now called The Gate, was for many years the village garage. It gets it’s current name because it was originally one of the several public houses or ‘beerhousees’ in the village. We know this unfortunately because there was a murder there in 1900. However...
Counting the Acres
The number of Acres in the Parish of Chreshall taken from the Surveyors Papers and Accounts 1778 Arable inclosed 616 Meadow ground 167 Common-Field Arable 985 Pasture or Feeding ground 270 Total 2039
Sorting the tythes
Memorandum Jary 5th 1721
I obtained an Order from the Justices of the Peace at ye Petty Sessions held this day at Newport that the occupior of the Mill in Chrishall shall pay yearly for Tythe eight shillings to the Vicar the Mill having payed Tythe before …. whether this be sufficient but ’twas all that could be Recovered by Me
Tho: Melvill. Vicar.
Music in the Church
Before the Church had an organ, singing was accompanied by William Cranwell on clarinet, and two of his brothers, John on the bass viol and Clear on the viola or violin.
Pictured left is the little stool that William used to sit on to play his clarinet.
Spooky tales? It seems that Chrishall was the place that MR James based his ghost story “The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance”, according to several sources including this one. A copy can be purchased from Amazon if you are feeling brave!
Bonfires on Jigneys
We used to have huge bonfires on Jigneys for Bonfire Night. Mr Crocker would provide tyres to burn! (1930’s/40s. ER.)
Circus at Broad Green
I remember there being a circus once on the small field on the corner between Broad Green and Palmers Lane. (1930’s. BR.)