Wenden Lofts Mill

Wenden Lofts’ Mill “Miss Nellie Smith who lived at Hamlet House, Pond Street, is shown on the photograph as a young girl on the steps of the Mill. Her family lived at Hope Farm and farmed the land round about. The Mill was taken down very soon after the First World...

Chrishall Windmill

For nearly two hundred years Chrishall had it’s own windmill. It stood next to Mill House on Mill Causeway and was a post mill, probably very similar to Chishill Mill. The mill was made of wood and could be turned around a main central post so that the sails were into...

Mary Tins – a request for help with research

Chrishall Archive has received the following request for help with a research project. I must admit I know very little about 'Mary Tins' so if anyone does have one, or knows any more about them, it would be lovely to know. Please reply to Martin in the first instance....

Alfred Brand and the bees

Alfred Brand lived at Peacock Cottage in Crawley End Chrishall. We don't know where the above photograph was taken - whether it was in Peacock Cottage garden or at an allotment. At the time Alfred Brand lived there, there would have been allotments just over the road...

A period of unrest leads to road improvements!

1830 Wheat 64s 3d per quarter. A changeable summer. Accounts of the harvest vary, some recording a good harvest and some estimating it as less than average. Blizzards in mid-January and severe frosts in February, March was fine, warm and excellent for sowing. July was...

Chrishall History Facebook Page

New Chrishall History Facebook page so we can continue to share the collection even when the Archive is closed. As I write this we are in the midst of a pandemic - Corvid-19 has changed our lives and is a historic event in itself. One of the impacts of the virus is...

VE Day 75th Commemoration

Friday 8th May 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe, where the country celebrated the end of part, at least, of the Second World War. (VJ day was to come later in the year.) Chrishall never seems backwards at coming forwards when a party is in the...

Chrishall in 1949

In the year we had VE Day celebrations across the country, Chrishall was a busy little village.Old postcard of the ChurchRev A. A. BagleyThe Church was led by The Rev. A.A Bagley. Sitting atop the hill in the vicarage, he would be able to look over the surrounding...

The Royal Observer Corps

The following article was written by Joe Hagger who was one of the village cobblers or shoe-makers and lived in the cottage that faces the green next to The Red Cow. (This article is published as written and the language reflects the time at which Mr Hagger was...

Dancing round the Maypole

I hope you were out at the crack of dawn this morning to wash in the morning dew to preserve your youth and dancing round your maypoles! I remember dancing round the maypole in Chrishall old school playground, although how the pole was held up I can't remember. I...

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

The AGM for Chrishall Archive Group will be held on Thursday 11th March at 7.30pm as an online meeting.

That has come round quickly you might say – and you would be right. We delayed the AGM last year until September in the hope that “things” might have improved. They didn’t as we know so this year we thought we had better stick to the regular schedule. So we will hold the AGM in March as an online meeting and in all likelihood it will be quite brief. However if you wish to attend please let us know and we will send you the meeting link. Click on the button below and put your details in our contact form.

We would love some "HELP!"

help tell the stories of ChrishallThere are so many interesting projects and stories that we would like to explore and bring to life here on the website and in local newsletter articles and events – but there is only so much time available in the day! “Many hands make light work” as they say. We are a friendly, informal group and would love to have you along with us. If you are interested in Chrishall history and have even just a tiny bit of spare time occasionally do get in touch.

Recent updates to existing content:

  • February 2021: update to the projects page. Board with lockdown? See if you could help with any of our projects.
  • February 2020: found the names of the winning football team (although we still don’t know what they won!)
  • April 2020: Saffron Walden Museum have started a blog. It is linked from our Links page where there are all sorts of other interesting history resources for you to check out as well. Also added is a photograph of Wire Farm showing the lamp outside – see the Wire Farm page here and scroll down for the photograph.
Wenden Lofts Mill

Wenden Lofts Mill

Wenden Lofts’ Mill “Miss Nellie Smith who lived at Hamlet House, Pond Street, is shown on the photograph as a young girl on the steps of the Mill. Her family lived at Hope Farm and farmed the land round about. The Mill was taken down very soon after the First World...

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Chrishall Windmill

Chrishall Windmill

For nearly two hundred years Chrishall had it’s own windmill. It stood next to Mill House on Mill Causeway and was a post mill, probably very similar to Chishill Mill. The mill was made of wood and could be turned around a main central post so that the sails were into...

read more
Alfred Brand and the bees

Alfred Brand and the bees

Alfred Brand lived at Peacock Cottage in Crawley End Chrishall. We don't know where the above photograph was taken - whether it was in Peacock Cottage garden or at an allotment. At the time Alfred Brand lived there, there would have been allotments just over the road...

read more