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...
Chrishall in 1949

Chrishall in 1949

In the year we had VE Day celebrations across the country, Chrishall was a busy little village. Old postcard of the Church Rev A. A. Bagley The 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...
Dancing round the Maypole

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....
Local quotes

Local quotes

Some local quotes The following extract comes from a newspaper article of 10 August 1962. The article was written for the Royston Crow which at that time appears to have been called the Herts and Ca(mbridge Observer?) and Royston Crow – I only have part of the...
Abrams Family Group

Abrams Family Group

This photograph was given to the collection by Romaine – many thanks. It might add something to the Abrams jigsaw! It is thought to have been taken in 1914 after Clara Ives marriage to Will Drury. Standing from left to right: Lucy and Samuel Abrams, Nell and...
Green Wedding 1907

Green Wedding 1907

This is the wedding of Walter Green and Rhoda Brand which took place on 22nd June 1907. They are pictured outside Peacock Cottage in Crawley End. We know some of the people on the photograph but not all of them so if you can name anyone else do please let us know in...
A follow up to the Tinworth Story

A follow up to the Tinworth Story

In August 2017 the BBC Who Do You Think You Are programme included a connection to the Tinworth family who were mining for gold in Australia.  Knowing that we had Tinworths in the village, I looked up the connection and found that indeed Charles Tinworth who went to...
Two Ears of Barley

Two Ears of Barley

I was recently loaned a lovely little book called Two Ears of Barley, written by Jack Wilkerson and published in 1969 and all about the history of Barley in Cambridgeshire.  Barley is only about three miles from Chrishall as the crow flies and there are lots of...
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...