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...

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...
Re-opening of the church 1869

Re-opening of the church 1869

In 2015 Chrishall Church underwent an extensive project to replace the floor, replace some of the pews with chairs and also make many of the pews moveable to make a more flexible meeting place for the village.  This project has been a complete success and if you have...
Grazing on Chrishall Common

Grazing on Chrishall Common

Before the Enclosure Acts, Chrishall Common was the land at the back of the High Street heading over towards Chishill. Exactly where it was I don’t know but you do see it marked on old maps …

Church gallery of images

Church gallery of images

Chrishall Church images Click on any of the images below to see the full details of these lovely images.  On the larger copy of the first image below, for example, you can see two people walking down the footpath towards The Butts.  Notice how in the older photographs...
Rev. Godfrey Everth’s Book of Poetry

Rev. Godfrey Everth’s Book of Poetry

The Rev. Godfrey Everth was vicar at Chrishall from 1839 (see all the vicars of Chrishall here).  We hope it was the inspiration of his surroundings that ten years later allowed him to publish a book of poetry he had written. The Rev. Godfrey Everth MA, whose memorial...
Vicars of Chrishall

Vicars of Chrishall

1100: Richard de Bologne.  After the Norman Conquest, Eustace de Bologne was rewarded by King William with gifts of land, one of which was Chrishall.  So it looks like he installed one of his relations as the vicar. Queen Matilda, Eustace’s daughter, married...
Ancient Church Graffiti

Ancient Church Graffiti

Do you time travel? To some extent local history research can be like time travel.  The twentieth century is not only very well documented but large chunks of it are still in living memory of course.  Even the 19th century has a fairly wide range of information still...
Chrishall church without the spire 1914

Chrishall church without the spire 1914

This photograph was probably taken soon after the spire had been removed.  According to Chrishall Scrapbook this was when the tower was restored in 1914.  Note the lamp opposite the main door.  There seem to be a series of these lamps across the village.  (Click to...