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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Art and Archive Exhibition and Talk

Saturday 23rd November 2019
Chrishall Village Hall

This year Chrishall Archive is pleased to be teaming up with SOCA, the Society of Chrishall Artists, to present an Art and Archive Exhibition in the village hall on Saturday 23rd November 12 noon – 6pm. FREE entry to the exhibition.

Following this in the evening at 8pm we are delighted to welcome Christopher South and Tom Doig who both broadcast with Irene Cranwell on Radio Cambridgeshire. They will be talking about working with Mrs Cranwell, Chrishall’s previous village historian. Entry to the talk is £3 on the door – please arrive early to guarantee your seat!

Latest Articles

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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The Archive is now closed for regular sessions for this season. We will be open on the morning of Remembrance Sunday from 11am to 12 noon for tea and coffee after the commemoration at Chrishall War Memorial. And please join us for our exhibition and talk on Saturday 23rd November.

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