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...
The Royal Observer Corps

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...
Chrishall at work

Chrishall at work

Trying something a little new for you today – a flip book of some “Chrishall Industry”.  Give it a moment or two to load, particularly if you are on a slow connection.   Your browser does not seem to support iframes. Click here to read this...

Traction Engines: George Swann

George Swann was another of the Drage & Kent drivers.  While he didn’t live in Chrishall he worked with many of the men who did of course. Summer 1928 – George Swann driver, aged about 16 These photographs are kindly reproduced with the permission of...
Ploughing, Drage and Kent 1950

Ploughing, Drage and Kent 1950

Three more photographs of Drage and Kent engines in work. The largest photo below was taken in 1950 and the gentleman standing on the left is Charles Cranwell who can also be seen on the 1917 photograph here where you can also see an excellent film showing how this...
Plough Team 1917

Plough Team 1917

A plough team from Chrishall in approximately 1917.  This might have been one of the last jobs this set of engines did with Drage and Kent as these engines were known to have been sold during 1917. They are: (Lionel) Stanley Clarke on the engine.  Then left to right:...
Chiswick Hall Farm Records 1945

Chiswick Hall Farm Records 1945

I wonder if the owner of Chiswick Hall in 1945 realised how far his new Farm Record Book would travel in it’s lifetime? To be honest he was probably much more concerned about how he (or she?) was going to fill it in and exactly what they were going to grow where...
Reapers

Reapers

Chrishall Reapers: Amos Pitches, Walter Webb, Timothy Harvey, Charlie Banks, Alfred Walters, Billy Barnes, Albert Reed, Fred Reed. This team was swanging charlock.  To ‘swange’ (pronounced swonj) was to cut off the flowers of the weed before they seeded....
Haymakers with hoops

Haymakers with hoops

The Haymakers. The willow hoops on the end of the scythes helped to control how the hay fell once cut. From left to right: William Revell   Amos Pitches    William Cranwell    Albert Drury    Leonard Flack    Herbert Flack...