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. It is run by…
“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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On the 20th June 1887, Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee. Chrishall took part in the celebrations with a tea in the field called Thorns to the east side of High Street. Herts and Cambs Reporter Celebrations of the Queen's Jubilee in the District...
This photograph dates from, we think, around the 1930's, and shows Mrs Hedley Hicks holding one of her sons, Frank, and her daughter May standing beside the fence. Just next door to the left you can see Hedley's butchers shop. If you look very carefully you can see...
God Save the British Empire! This four country group (Britannia in the middle) was taken at the same time as the main school photograph and almost certainly marks the end of the First World War in 1918. (Originally it was believed to mark the coronation of King George...
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Counting the Acres
The number of Acres in the Parish of Chreshall taken from the Surveyors Papers and Accounts 1778 Arable inclosed 616 Meadow ground 167 Common-Field Arable 985 Pasture or Feeding ground 270 Total 2039
Sorting the tythes
Memorandum Jary 5th 1721
I obtained an Order from the Justices of the Peace at ye Petty Sessions held this day at Newport that the occupior of the Mill in Chrishall shall pay yearly for Tythe eight shillings to the Vicar the Mill having payed Tythe before …. whether this be sufficient but ’twas all that could be Recovered by Me
Tho: Melvill. Vicar.
Music in the Church
Before the Church had an organ, singing was accompanied by William Cranwell on clarinet, and two of his brothers, John on the bass viol and Clear on the viola or violin.
Pictured left is the little stool that William used to sit on to play his clarinet.
Spooky tales? It seems that Chrishall was the place that MR James based his ghost story “The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance”, according to several sources including this one. A copy can be purchased from Amazon if you are feeling brave!
Bonfires on Jigneys
We used to have huge bonfires on Jigneys for Bonfire Night. Mr Crocker would provide tyres to burn! (1930’s/40s. ER.)
Circus at Broad Green
I remember there being a circus once on the small field on the corner between Broad Green and Palmers Lane. (1930’s. BR.)