Chrishall Observation Post

On the corner of Hertford Lane, just about where the red car is in the photograph above, used to stand the Chrishall Observation Post. It was a concrete structure, fairly substantial but also fairly well hidden in the undergrowth and hedging that grew up around it....

Church Newsletter July 1950

Some things don't change, thankfully, and it is good to know that we can all still enjoy a good local village fete.  I thought you might enjoy Rev. Bagley's report of the success of Chrishall fete in July 1950 from the church magazine of that time. Walter and Bessie...

1887 June 24th

On the 20th June 1887, Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee.  Chrishall took part in the celebrations with a tea in the field called Thorns to the east side of High Street. Herts and Cambs Reporter Celebrations of the Queen's Jubilee in the District...

Vegetable and Flower Show Committee

  Flower and Produce Shows don't happen without a lot of work behind the scenes.  Here are the Chrishall Flower and Vegetable Show Committee members from... - mid 1990's?  (If you know the date please let us know!) Back row: David Wootton, Mark Garrett, Helen...

Village Show 2008

Drury Wedding 1909

On Saturday 7th August 1909 the double wedding of two Drury sisters, Mary and Fanny, took place at Chrishall Parish Church. Mary, 25, married Albert Cranwell, 26, who was an Engine Driver from the village. Fanny, 36, married Alfred Ernest Walker, 32, a Baker from...

Chrishall Women’s Institute 1995

Here are Chrishall Women's Institute in 1995 with three generations of the same family being members at the same time (grandmother, mother, daughter shown in bold).  We were meeting in the Chapel Hall and it must have been a special occasion to warrant and photograph...

John Cane with friends

John Cane and Michael Manning play conkers in front of Barleymans in the 1950s and, below, John Cane and Michael Swift play in the snow. (Photo lent by John Cane) The black barn on the right stood in front of Barleymans but was later dismantled and re-erected to the...

A WI group

From left - Nora Cane (lived at Barleymans); (not known); John Cane; (not known); Mrs Harry Flack (lived at the High St end of Brick Row); Mrs Pitches (lived at the bottom end of Hogs Lane, on the left).  

Women’s Institute outing, 1930.

Chrishall Women's Institute visit Messrs Peak Frean's Biscuit Factory. Left to right: Miss Mabel Smith, Mrs Wisbey, Mrs E Flack, Mrs Langford, Miss Mynard, Mrs Pitches, Mrs K Flack, Miss Revell and Mrs Harry Flack. Lovely video about Peak Freans on YouTube here from...


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…

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“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.)

enjoying an open afternoon at the archive2022 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!

31st July
4th September

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Village Walks

Village Walks

If you are in Chrishall why not enjoy one of our local Village Walks? These short walks take you around the local area following an area of interest. If you want more information there are QR codes with each walk which connect with articles on the website here.Walk 1...

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Mr Guthrie, Evangelist

In the 1950s Mr Guthrie, a local JMVC evangelist would come to the village and hold children’s Bible meetings in the field between Wire Farm and Barleymans. This is remembered by Bruce Drury and mentioned in a document on the Saffron Walden Community Church website.

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.

Bronze Age Hoard

Items from a Bronze Age Hoard that was found between Chrishall and Elmdon in the 18th century can be seen on the British Museum’s website here.

Music in the Church

William Cranwell stoolBefore 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

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.)

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