We are a friendly society and have plenty of space for new members. We have a thriving family section and we would like to encourage more people, particularly from Little Chesterford. Come along as a visitor for just £2.00 and see what we have to offer.

Meetings are held on the third Thursday from September through April at the Congregational Church in Carmel Street, commencing at 8pm and there are summer activities as well.


If you are interested in finding out more, please contact John French on 01799 530364 or email chesterford.history@outlook.com


Here is a link to our programme for 2017/18 so far:


Links to recent and future events:

Dig in a Box

Garden Dig Weekend

Finds from the Garden Dig

Report on the Garden Dig

After school History Club

The Big Dig 2018


The Village Recorder

Great Chesterford has a Village Recorder who looks after items of historical interest and importance to the village. If you think you have anything of interest that you might like to donate, or allow to be copied, or if you would like to view any of the items listed (see under useful links), please contact:

Kate McManus on 01799 530461 or email: Kate McManus

Village Film or Jubilee Film for sale The Great Chesterford Village Film shows village life in the 1950’s and 1970’s. It was produced and directed by Gilbert Stephenson and is available on DVD for £5 The Jubilee Film was made to record the village celebrations of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, produced and directed by Gilbert Stephenson and is available on DVD for £5

To place your order for either please telephone Kate McManus on 01799 530461.


Useful Links

Recent Additions to the Chesterfords Collection

List of items held by the Village Recorder

List of Publications

Uttlesford Local History Recorders website


Since it was first set up in 1998, the Recorders’ group has built up a network of 39 local historians in 46 parishes of north-west Essex. Their aim is to try to ensure that records of the past are conserved, and to make sure that present potential archives go on being collected and changes in the locality recorded. Many Recorders go far beyond this basic role, and write books, run exhibitions, set up history websites, organise tours, give talks, interview elderly villagers and do many other activities that contribute hugely to village life and help to sustain community identity.