Village History

Village History

Chrishall’s history reaches back to the Domesday Survey and beyond. Anglo-saxon and Roman finds around the village prove that this hill-top has been home to families for many centuries. And we are lucky that, over the years, people have been interested enough in the village history to record the stories and store the photographs and documents so that they are available for us today.

Chrishall history is taken care of now by Chrishall Archive Group, a voluntary group who run the website www.chrishallessex.co.uk and a small Archive housed in the Brand Pavilion on Jigney’s Meadow.

The website contains many old photographs, the census records, sound recordings, video and articles about the village. There are school photographs going back to the 1890s and quite a few pictures of the traction engines of Drage and Kent, an agricultural contractor company who ran their business from the village for many years.

You can sign up for a bi-monthly newsletter and comment on the articles and photographs on the site, adding your own memories of Chrishall. The website receives comments from Chrishall-ites from across the globe including America and Australia, as well as closer to home.

The physical Archive was opened in May 2017 when the Brand Pavilion was refurbished as a community hub for the village. Here are stored many of the paper records such as past editions of village and church magazines, photograph albums and collections of letters. The Archive has regular open days when they take over the main room of the pavilion for their displays and you can leaf through a collection of letters from an evacuee home to her parents, read all about Chrishall windmill or read the Chrishall scrapbook among other things. One of the current projects for the Archive is "Who lived where", tracing the history of the houses in Chrishall. Details of the Archive open days are all available on the website.

New information about the village is always very welcome so if you have any documents or photographs relating to Chrishall please get in touch. And if you live in the village and have the deeds to your house, the Archive would love to make a copy of them for their Who Lived Where project. Even modern houses have a history!