Chrishall Observation Post

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....
Cheeky card with a lovely address

Cheeky card with a lovely address

Chrishall being so close to several county borders has always caused some confusion with it’s location. Although we are definitely in Essex, our postal address has always been ‘Royston, Herts’. And when postcodes came in, we came under Stevenage with...
Farming in 1864

Farming in 1864

October 1864 and Samuel Jonas down at Chrishall Grange has had a trying year on the farm. This is his report he sent in to the Agricultural Gazette and published in the Chelmsford Chronicle on the 7th October 1864. The crops about Saffron Walden – Mr Samuel...
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...

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 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. ...
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...
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...
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.
The Red Cow  and brushwood

The Red Cow and brushwood

The Red Cow looking much smarter here and what looks like large piles of brushwood, stakes and poles stacked around the small shed that is now where the Red Cow car park is.  It looks like someone was perhaps running a fencing and hedging business – do we know...