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...
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...
1886 29 January

1886 29 January

On Friday 29th January 1886 the ‘Herts and Cambs Reporter’ reports on a most enjoyable concert evening held in the old school. CHRISHALL CONCERT. – On Friday, 15th inst., a concert was given in the Schoolroom.  The programme was as follows: –...
1887 June 24th

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...
Chapman and Andre 1777

Chapman and Andre 1777

Time for a game – spot the difference.  Above you can see an extract from the Chapman and Andre map of 1777 (reproduced with permission from Essex Record Office).  The Chapman and Andre maps of this date are reputed to be the most accurate maps of the time, but...
The Schools postcard

The Schools postcard

A clear picture of Chrishall old school on this postcard, interestingly titled as ‘The Schools’.  This was presumably because there were two classes held in the school at the time.  The school mistress or master would have lived in the school house to the...
And then it snowed

And then it snowed

It seems appropriate for this winter that we include some snowy photos from years gone by.  I cannot name any people on these pictures though – can you?  The photograph above is looking up Crawley End from near the pond on the green, in 1963.  You can just see...
Charles and Mary-Ann Flack

Charles and Mary-Ann Flack

Charles and Mary-Ann Flack who lived in High Street in Chrishall next door to the Guiver’s who lived at ‘Kemps’.  Charles and Mary-Ann had two sons and a daughter according to the 1911 census.  Charles was one of the traction engine drivers as was...
Martinholme and The Green

Martinholme and The Green

Another picture of Martinholme here taken from further back near Ede Negus’s cottage.  You can see how much the pond encroached on the road and also how much narrower the roads were then.

Parish Registers

Following, in the Advent 2017 series, from a piece on Aunt Daisy, it seems appropriate to have something further about the church.  Here Irene Cranwell explores the early church registers.  These are currently being transcribed and it is hoped will be available to...