The Red Cow Public House has stood at the centre of Chrishall for many many years. At one time there were several pubs in the village, including The Gate which stood just at the back of the Red Cow in Church Road. There was also the Moon and Stars at Broad Green. However only The Red Cow has stood the test of time and is a thriving business today.
Below are some of the previous Victuallers who have run The Red Cow in the past:
|Year||Name, age and birth place where known||Source|
|1848||James Petches Victualler||White’s|
|1878||Transfer of the Red Cow from the late James Warman to Sarah Warman.||Chelmsford Chronicle, 18 Jan 1878|
|1881||Walter Empson Publican 23 Thirfield, Herts,
Charlott Empson Wife 23 Chrishall
Thos Chipperfield G.father/Formr Hawker 84 Hadham, Herts
|1886||Thomas Jordan||Saffron Walden Year Book 1886|
|1888||W A Billings||Saffron Walden. & N. Essex Directory|
|1889||Jesse Stevens||Bankruptcy notice in Saffron Walden Weekly|
|1949||W McKeown||Saffron Walden & District Year Book|
George Beadle and the Master Thatcher
The following memory comes from Mrs Irene Cranwell:
“Walter John Miller lived at The Red Cow when I came here – He was a master craftsman Thatcher. His father-in-law – George Beadle was the official landlord. The wages of Mr Miller augmented the seemingly poor income of the pub. I taught his youngest son, Julian.”
(Mrs Cranwell was a teacher at Chrishall old school from 1935).