Mary Tins – a request for help with research

Chrishall Archive has received the following request for help with a research project. I must admit I know very little about 'Mary Tins' so if anyone does have one, or knows any more about them, it would be lovely to know. Please reply to Martin in the first instance....

Alfred Brand and the bees

Alfred Brand lived at Peacock Cottage in Crawley End Chrishall. We don't know where the above photograph was taken - whether it was in Peacock Cottage garden or at an allotment. At the time Alfred Brand lived there, there would have been allotments just over the road...

A period of unrest leads to road improvements!

1830 Wheat 64s 3d per quarter. A changeable summer. Accounts of the harvest vary, some recording a good harvest and some estimating it as less than average. Blizzards in mid-January and severe frosts in February, March was fine, warm and excellent for sowing. July was...

Chrishall History Facebook Page

New Chrishall History Facebook page so we can continue to share the collection even when the Archive is closed. As I write this we are in the midst of a pandemic - Corvid-19 has changed our lives and is a historic event in itself. One of the impacts of the virus is...

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...

Chrishall in 1949

In the year we had VE Day celebrations across the country, Chrishall was a busy little village.Old postcard of the ChurchRev A. A. BagleyThe Church was led by The Rev. A.A Bagley. Sitting atop the hill in the vicarage, he would be able to look over the surrounding...

The Royal Observer Corps

The following article was written by Joe Hagger who was one of the village cobblers or shoe-makers and lived in the cottage that faces the green next to The Red Cow. (This article is published as written and the language reflects the time at which Mr Hagger was...

Dancing round the Maypole

I hope you were out at the crack of dawn this morning to wash in the morning dew to preserve your youth and dancing round your maypoles! I remember dancing round the maypole in Chrishall old school playground, although how the pole was held up I can't remember. I...

Bryan Rogers: childhood in Chrishall and the outbreak of WWII

(Pictured above: Dot and Charlie Rogers with sons Leonard and Bryan and daughter Gwen. Dot's mother "Nan-Nan" Rush. Mr and Mrs Jim Archer, friends from Saffron Walden. On holiday in Frinton, last week of August 1939 just before WWII was declared.) Who am I? I was born...

Local quotes

Some local quotes The following extract comes from a newspaper article of 10 August 1962. The article was written for the Royston Crow which at that time appears to have been called the Herts and Ca(mbridge Observer?) and Royston Crow - I only have part of the...

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.)

Recent updates to existing content:

  • February 2020: found the names of the winning football team (although we still don’t know what they won!)
  • April 2020: Saffron Walden Museum have started a blog. It is linked from our Links page where there are all sorts of other interesting history resources for you to check out as well. Also added is a photograph of Wire Farm showing the lamp outside – see the Wire Farm page here and scroll down for the photograph.
  • May 2020: An interview with Dennis Smith about him joining the Home Guard when he lived in Chrishall has been added to our links page. And another one for our links page: the Rogers family history containing links to many Chrishall families.
The Royal Observer Corps

The Royal Observer Corps

The following article was written by Joe Hagger who was one of the village cobblers or shoe-makers and lived in the cottage that faces the green next to The Red Cow. (This article is published as written and the language reflects the time at which Mr Hagger was...

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Local quotes

Local quotes

Some local quotes The following extract comes from a newspaper article of 10 August 1962. The article was written for the Royston Crow which at that time appears to have been called the Herts and Ca(mbridge Observer?) and Royston Crow - I only have part of the...

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Abrams Family Group

Abrams Family Group

This photograph was given to the collection by Romaine - many thanks. It might add something to the Abrams jigsaw! It is thought to have been taken in 1914 after Clara Ives marriage to Will Drury. Standing from left to right: Lucy and Samuel Abrams, Nell and Will...

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Art and Archive 2019

Art and Archive 2019

On November 23rd we ran the third Irene Cranwell Memorial Lecture. This year it took the form of an afternoon exhibition plus evening talk. We were very pleased to work with SOCA, the Society of Chrishall Artists at this event. Chrishall Archive Group had a history...

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