Through the Keyhole

Through the Keyhole

This summer’s project for Chrishall Archive is Through the Keyhole We want to find out who lived where in Chrishall.  With approximately 250 homes and at least 500 years of history we felt that this was a project that offered plenty of scope!! On a more serious...

Church Road Garage and Cottages

The Gate cottage and garage used to look very different to what they do today. Read on to find out more about the cottages that have now disappeared and a little history of The Gate and the garage.

The boy with the birds

The boy with the birds

The boy with the birds continues to fascinate Just over a year ago I wrote about a picture of the boy with the birds.  This was around the time when we found the photographs that turned out to be (we think) the Mallow family from Hamlet House, Pond Street near...
The story of Engleric

The story of Engleric

We have recently been asked the reason behind the name Engleric and are delighted to re-produce this article written many years ago for the village magazine.  Mrs Irene Cranwell, village historian, wrote articles for many years under the guise of the village pumps. ...
Loveday family of High Street

Loveday family of High Street

This lovely photograph has written on the back “Stan Loveday as a baby” and “Small boy Walter Loveday”.  Checking on the 1901 census it looks like this could be the Loveday family of High Street.  In 1901 William was 34 and a horsekeeper on a...
Rev Sharman Chrishall Chapel

Rev Sharman Chrishall Chapel

After a recent conversation I was reminded of the images we have of the Rev. George Sharman.  He was at Chrishall Chapel at the time of the opening of the school room. You can see him in the photograph below, fourth from the right.  And we also have the picture above...
Village Green 1940s

Village Green 1940s

Photograph from the Bruce Drury Collection View from Church road towards Martenholme in the 1940s or early 1950s. Note the (red & white?) kerbs – was this a wartime safety measure? The gates you can see in the centre of the picture were apparently, at one...
You never know

You never know

One of the, many, fun things about this process of setting up the Archive and working through the collections is that you never know what you might find.  Every time I enter the Archive and pick up a folder to flick through, something new catches my eye.  Sometimes...
School Christmas Party 1963

School Christmas Party 1963

Held in the same school rooms as yesterday’s School concert, today we have a Christmas Party from 1963 when Mr and Mrs Nelson were head teachers at Chrishall School.  Mr Nelson was trying the ‘new technology’ of film so there is no sound on this...
Mrs Flack’s story of Mary Rumbell

Mrs Flack’s story of Mary Rumbell

The picture above is Mrs Albert Flack outside Chapel Cottage in Crawley End. Mrs Flack lived in Chrishall all her life but in the story below you can hear the tale of what happened to her one day when she got lost in Chrishall…  She tells her story to Mrs Irene...