Aims of Chrishall Archive Group:

 

  • To collect, record and preserve documents, photographs and artefacts relating to the history of Chrishall and the surrounding area.
  • To publish and foster an interest in and appreciation of the history of Chrishall and the surrounding area by display or lecture, in print or on the web.
  • To welcome and inform residents of the history of the village and surrounding area.
  • To facilitate regular opportunities to meet and discuss the history of the village.

Projects

Who Lived Where

Faerie Cottage previous home of Irene CranwellWho Lived Where logoWho Lived Where (WLW) is our project to record the history of the houses of Chrishall.  Read about the start of the project here. We are making good progress. Keep an eye out for the WLW logo around the website and when you visit the Archive. And if you have information or deeds you could lend us for copying please get in touch.

Australian Connections

Australia 1850
Times were tough in the 1850s, particularly for agricultural workers. There were schemes to encourage people to emigrate to places such as America and Australia, and many took up these offers even though it would mean many months by ship in crowded and often unsanitary conditions. This project is looking at the families who left the village at this time and how they fared in their new locations.

Lettice Martin and the Tudor village

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In the 1560s Lettice Martin, who is thought to have lived at Martinholme on the green, left money in her will to the poor of 26 surrounding villages including Chrishall. 500 years later many of these villages are still benefitting from Lettice’s bequest. But how much do we really know about the lady herself? This project aims to find out more about this fascinating lady and her times.

Interested? Find out more.

If any of our projects have sparked your imagination do get in touch to find out if you can help. There’s always room for more researchers but also people who have ideas on how to present our research in interesting ways. Happy to discuss any ideas you might have.