1100: Richard de Bologne. After the Norman Conquest, Eustace de Bologne was rewarded by King William with gifts of land, one of which was Chrishall. So it looks like he installed one of his relations as the vicar. Queen Matilda, Eustace’s daughter, married King Stephen and as she was the heiress of the Bologne family she also inherited Chrishall. That she cared for the village is evident from a letter she wrote to Alius regarding the welfare of her people in Chrystosale. Was Chrishall the home of a small order of Benedictine monks before 1100? – read the article ‘and the village was burned‘ here!
1158: Theobald (the first vicar to be Canon of St. Martin le Grand in London)
1309: Roger de Nilliton
1356: William Hervey
1399: John Chittern
1518: Richard Game
1534: John Harold
1538: Nicholas Masson
1540: Thomas Fletcher
1546: Leonard Taylor
1547: Richard Scarlett
1554: Richard Conway
1569: William Alexander
1604: William Scott
1605: Robert Baker
1609: Abraham Jenne
1609: John Griffin
1640: Thomas King
1657: John Debnam
1673: John Priest A.M.
1677: Henry Cornwallis A.M.
1682: Roger Banks A.M.
1689: John Doo. The Doo family have many records in the church registers for children being baptised. However sadly John Doo met an early end when he died after falling from his horse on Thriplow Heath one night.
1712: Thomas Ashburner
1720: Thomas Melville – a man who believed in getting things sorted out. You can read here his solution to the ‘heart burnings and jangling’ that was being caused by grazing on Chrishall common.
1749: John Banks (Church Burial Register: The Revd Mr Bankes Vicar. Aged 84 years. Feb 19). Rev. Bankes had a curate in the 1790s who was John Buckworth (or Beckwith) Herne. We think he was probably the following:
He was the Vicar at West Hendred, Berkshire, EnglandG.1 (presumably after he was curate at Chrishall)
1787: Butler Berry – “He was a typical late eighteenth-century Anglican, having plural livings from each of which he received an income; it was said of him that ‘he used to ride around on horseback, and if he found no congregation at one church he passed on to the next and so on’”. You can read the tragic tale of Butler Berry’s grandson here in the Thriplow Society Journal.
There are various references to a curate called Joseph Walter Berry. It seems likely that they were related. Joseph Walter Berry is named as a curate from 1825 onwards (he conducts most marriages until 1832 when the new vicar, Robert Lascelles takes over).
1830: Robert Lascelles
1839: Godfrey Everth (read about Rev Everth and his book of poems here)
1858: Robert Greene Hebbert Ware
1881: Edmund Leachman – a fellow of St John’s College in Cambridge and mentioned (unfortunately only as an obituary) in their newsletter from March 1889 (p377)
1888: Charles Allen / Evans Beley
1911: Lawrence Hards – extract from The Sydney Morning Herald of 24th January 1914: “The Rev. Lawrence Hard, vicar of Chrishall (England) and the Rev. Henry J. Allen, curate of of St Cyprian’s, (Liverpool) have left England to take up appointments in the diocese of Christchurch (New Zealand). [https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28120844?searchTerm=Chrishall]
1913: William May – Rev. May and his wife are mentioned many times in the document ‘Chrishall at War’ documenting the First World War (and downloadable here). They did a lot of work fund-raising for those who were fighting abroad and also in supporting the village. However it seems that Rev. May did suffer from ill-health and was away from the village quite a bit as he mentions in his updates in the Church newsletters.
1924: Edward Arthur Hort A.K.C. Chrishall School is a Church of England School so the current vicar of the parish was usually closely involved with the school. Rev. Hort was no exception and would go into the school every Tuesday morning to take prayers.[1. Source: B Rogers, Nov 2016]
1942: James Cornelius Morrice M.A.
1946: Albert Anthony Bagley M.A.
1965: William Henry Taylor
1980: William Hubert Branch
1981: William Hugh Alan Cooper
1988: John Lester Brennan
1991: David Wesley Parrott
1997: John Graham Simmons (to 2005)
2007: Rod J. Doulton
2009: Andrew Colebrooke