Welcome to this website about the community of Chrishall in Essex.

Chrishall is a small village on a hilltop in the very north west of Essex, close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the East of England.   This website is particularly aimed at the local community and the genealogist who perhaps has never visited Chrishall and wishes to visualise the kind of community whence his or her ancestor came.

“I stumbled accidentally across some aspects of its history, and began to learn and think more about it, but then – as I studied the records – people began to rise up out of them. Where before I had seen only names on lists, individual characters began to shake their shoulders and stand up. It was as though these dead were being awakened, resurrected. They seemed close, as though they had something to say.”
(quote from In a Country Churchyard by Ronald Fletcher. Although this quote refers to Westleton in Suffolk, we hope you come to feel the same about Chrishall charcters and history.)

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Hold the date – Saturday 23rd November 2019
It is time for our annual lecture again and this year we have exciting plans to provide an exhibition during the day as well as the talk in the evening. More details in due course but for now make sure the date is in your diary.

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Postcards and Pens

Postcards and Pens

The old photographs in our collection are much admired and now you can own some of your own copies - or send them to friends.  We have a lovely collection of five postcards depicting old scenes of the village and one modern beautiful Springtime image of the church. ...

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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...

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