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Chrishall Timeline part 1 – to 1500.

Chrishall Timeline part 1 – to 1500.

Below is the first selection of events relating to Chrishall history, some major, some more minor but with the intention of giving you a feeling of 'flying through time' and an overview of how the village developed over the years. Our timeline starts from the 8th...

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Chishill Well and a local water diviner

Chishill Well and a local water diviner

While rummaging through a file of articles recently I found this fascinating article about the digging of Chishill well. We don't know where the well was, or where Twelve Acres was for that matter. Someone must know?? We also don't know the name of the water diviner...

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Wenden Lofts Mill

Wenden Lofts Mill

Wenden Lofts’ Mill “Miss Nellie Smith who lived at Hamlet House, Pond Street, is shown on the photograph as a young girl on the steps of the Mill. Her family lived at Hope Farm and farmed the land round about. The Mill was taken down very soon after the First World...

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Chrishall Windmill

Chrishall Windmill

For nearly three hundred years Chrishall had it’s own windmill*. It stood next to Mill House on Mill Causeway and was a post mill, probably very similar to Chishill Mill. The mill was made of wood and could be turned around a main central post so that the sails were...

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A period of unrest leads to road improvements!

A period of unrest leads to road improvements!

1830 Wheat 64s 3d per quarter. A changeable summer. Accounts of the harvest vary, some recording a good harvest and some estimating it as less than average. Blizzards in mid-January and severe frosts in February, March was fine, warm and excellent for sowing. July was...

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VE Day 75th Commemoration

VE Day 75th Commemoration

Friday 8th May 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe, where the country celebrated the end of part, at least, of the Second World War. (VJ day was to come later in the year.) Chrishall never seems backwards at coming forwards when a party is in the...

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VE Day 75th Commemoration

The Royal Observer Corps

The following article was written by Joe Hagger who was one of the village cobblers or shoe-makers and lived in the cottage that faces the green next to The Red Cow. (This article is published as written and the language reflects the time at which Mr Hagger was...

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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....

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The Dove Brooch

The Dove Brooch

(Image above: www.finds.org.uk) A brooch has been found near to Chrishall and it’s story raises some fascinating questions about the origins of the village. I was reminded about this little silver brooch when the Archive attended the recent 12th Century Live event at...

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