Chiswick Hall, Chrishall, EssexSet slightly apart from the village and looking across from its hill to the church there has been a house on this site since 1066.  Previously the house was called Flanders but today known as Chiswick Hall the current house dates from the 1600s.

We are lucky enough to have in the collection a wonderful farm record book for Chiswick Hall the early part of the twentieth century.

According to our slideshow of facts written by Irene Cranwell, Chiswick Hall is where Eustace of Bologne lived in 1086.  In the 13th Century Chiswick Hall’s rent to the Crown was “3 arrows yearly at the price of 6 pence”.  A few years later their rent had changed to “a pair of gilt spurs”.

Click here for the Domesday entry for Chrishall and more details of Eustace.

The current house is listed and this listing suggests the house was built by Sir John James in a park of 300 acres, later converted to a farmhouse and the park put down to woodland according to White’s Directory of Essex from 1848.

In 1841 John and Marther Day and their family were running the farm and in 1851 it was James and Maria Willis.  In 1881 Chiswick Hall was occupied by Charles and Sarah Smith and their family.  Charles was running the farm of 350 acres and employing 7 men and 1 boy. However by 1911 there is no mention of a “farmer” on the census but Chiswick Hall is listed as occupied by two families, Andrew and Agnes Hovell, Andrew being a horsekeeper; and Walter Joyce, gamekeeper with his wife Thirza and their family.  British History Online described the house condition as poor in 1916.  However happily it looks like the farm was thriving from the Farm Record Book of 1945.


Photo acknowledgement Pam Wyatt: Picasa album of Pam Wyatt’s photographs from the 1980s

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