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...
Chapel Flower Festival

Chapel Flower Festival

A reminder that the lovely space we now enjoy as our village hall has always been a community building. I don’t have a date for this newspaper report but I guess it was perhaps the 1970s or 1980s? Does anyone know? Pictured above Mr Bob Clarke in the chapel....
Parish Magazine December 1898

Parish Magazine December 1898

This is the start of our Christmas Articles published for 2018 and I thought it might be appropriate to start with a little light reading. So below is the Parish magazine for December 1898. This magazine covered the Chesterfords, Great Chishill, Chrishall, Debden,...
Football Handbook 1947-48

Football Handbook 1947-48

We have a picture of Chrishall’s ‘winning’ football team (pictured above).  However we only assume they were ‘winning’ because they were holding a cup.  But what did they win?  If you can help us with what they won or who they were please...
Church Newsletter July 1950

Church Newsletter July 1950

Some things don’t change, thankfully, and it is good to know that we can all still enjoy a good local village fete.  I thought you might enjoy Rev. Bagley’s report of the success of Chrishall fete in July 1950 from the church magazine of that time. Walter...

1900 September 29

The following report appeared in The Newsman on September 29th, 1900: KILLED AT CHRISHALL _________ THE CORONER’S INQUIRY _________ VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER _________ “YOU HAVE KILLED DAVID” The inquiry into the death of David Rodgers, the result of 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...
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...