Written Records

Census returns, family trees and local memories fill this section of our site.

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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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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,...

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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 I can...

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Chrishall Hearth Tax

Chrishall Hearth Tax

(Picture above: the old brewhouse at Gents Farm, now Broad Green Farm). Forasmuch as nothing conduceth more to the peace and prosperity of a nation, and the protection of every single person therein, than that the public revenue thereof may be in some measure...

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Memories from Spenny Loveday

Chrishall Born and Bred Life-long resident Spencer (Spenny) Loveday shares some reminiscences about his life in the village in the years during and after the war, interviewed by Stephen Foote and first published in The Village Web. Born in Royston in 1942, Spenny grew...

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Kelly’s Directory 1933

This extract from Kellys directory of 1933 for Chrishall shows the first appearance of telephone numbers (T N) in the directory.  (It is also interesting that Mr Crocker felt he could advertise "any make of car supplied"!) We know quite a bit about the people...

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