What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from the Derby Mercury between 1820 and 1829.
The following index shows names which appear in some of the reports:
In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches.
Three common abbreviations used in the newspaper reports are: ult. meaning the previous month; inst. meaning the current month and &c. meaning et cetera
The village of Washington mentioned is modern-day Wessington which until 1859 was part of Crich parish.
Derby Mercury 23rd of August 1820
The late Mr Thomas HAY’s affairs
All persons having any claims or demands on the estate and effects of Thomas HAY, late of Crich, in the county of Derby, farmer, deceased, are required forthwith to send an account thereof, with the nature and dates of their securities, if any, to Mr Robert HAY, of Crich Chase, in the parish of Crich aforesaid, one of the executors. And all persons who stand indebted to the estate and effects of the said Thomas HAY, are desired immediately to pay the amount of their respective debts to the said Mr Robert HAY, otherwise proceedings at law will be taken to compel payment thereof.
By order of the executors
SWEETHAM and ANDREW
Wirksworth, 15 August 1820
Derby Mercury 19 September 1821
Notice is hereby given, that application is intended to be made to Parliament in the next session, for leave to bring in a Bill, and to obtain an Act for making and maintaining a Turnpike Road from Whatstandwell Bridge, in the Parish of Crich, to or near a certain place in the parish of Ashover called or known by the name of Knott Cross, both in the county of Derby; which Turnpike Road will, or is intended to pass through several Parishes, Townships, or Hamlets of Crich, Holloway, Lea, Dethic, Tansley, Matlock, and Ashover, some or one of them, all in the county of Derby.
Derby Mercury 6 February 1822
CRICH WEAVERS ASSOCIATION
Whereas a number of robberies have lately been committed in the parish of Crich, in this county, in the shops and premises of several of the subscribers to this Association, by breaking open such shops in the night and cutting and stealing the calico from the lose to the great injury of the poor working hands, who not only lose their wages thereby, but also the Warp and Woof to pay for their to their respective employers: – whoever, therefore, will give such information of the offender or offenders, so that he, she or they may be brought to justice, shall, on conviction, receive a reward of five pounds, on applying to the committee of the said Associations, at the Bull’s Head Inn, in Crich aforesaid
[Note: Threads that run lengthwise are called the warp and crosswise threads called the woof in woven fabric].
Derby Mercury 23 October 1822
John CHETHAM, for leaving his wife and family chargeable to the parish of Crich, to be imprisoned for six months, and kept to hard labour and to be publicly whipped two hundred yards at Crich.
Derby Mercury 23 July 1823
DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP
Whereas the partnership lately subsisting between Henry BUXTON, John PRIOR,, William STEVENSON bleachers, of Crich Carr, in the parish of Crich, and County of Derby, and carried on under the firm of BUXTON, PRIOR & Co. is this day dissolved by mutual consent. And all debt due to and from the said partnership will be received and paid by the said John PRIOR of Wirksworth.– As witness to our hands this 21st day of July one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three.
Henry BUXTON, John PRIOR, William STEVENSON.
Derby Mercury 17 September 1823
On Thursday last, Mr H MARSHALL, of Crich, in this county, to Miss BROWN, of the Hollins, near that place.
Derby Mercury 1 October 1823
Mr David TOWNDROW
All persons who have any claim or demand upon the estate and effects of Mr David TOWNDROW, late of Crich, in this county, former, deceased, or requested to send immediate and particular account thereof, in writing, to Mr WALKER, of Crich aforesaid, conveyancer &c. specifying the nature or description and dates of their respective securities, if any, for the purpose of better enabling the trustees and executors of the said David TOWNDROW, to pay and discharge the same (or give further or other securities) so far as the said estate and effects will extend, and the law requires
By order of the Trustees and Executors.
Derby Mercury 15 October 1823
On Tuesday the 7th instant, at Crich Carr, in this county, of typhus fever, Frances, wife of Mr Benjamin MARSHALL, stonemason.
Derby Mercury 21 January 1824
At Radford, on Monday the 12th instant, by Rev E CRESSWELL, M.A. vicar, Mr Andrew CLARKE, of Nottingham, to Mary Eleanor, eldest daughter of the late Mr TOMLINSON, of Crich in this county.
Derby Mercury 14 July 1824
FREEHOLD and COPYHOLD ESTATES
At Belper, Crich, and Rotherham,
The property of the late Mr William SMITH, of Crich
Derby Mercury 18 August 1824
On Monday the 2nd instant, at Fritchley Mill, near Crich, in this county, much respected and regretted, aged 20, Mr Jos. MILLNS,, third son of Mr Wm. MILLNS, of Little Hale Fen, near Sleaford. He had only been fixed a few weeks in business, when he unfortunately broke a blood vessel by over exertion in carrying corn into his mill, which terminated in a consumption.
Derby Mercury 25 August 1824
On Thursday the 19th instant, at Crich, in this county, by the Rev Henry LOWE, Mr Henry SPENDLOVE, of Shottle, to Phyllis, eldest daughter of Mr MARSHALL, of the Cliffe-house, near Crich.
Derby Mercury 13 October 1824
Committed to the County House of Correction at Derby for two months, and to be kept to hard labour, Robert BOND and Joseph BOOT, boatmen, in default of payment of the penalty of ten shillings and costs, for injuring some growing potatoes at Holloway, near Crich.
Derby Mercury 2 March 1825
Whereas George CLARKE, late of Washington, in the parish of Crich, in the County of Derby, framework-knitter, stands charged on the coroner’s inquest with a wilful murder of George WILDGOOSE, at Washington aforesaid, on the 6th day of September last, when he absconded and has hitherto eluded justice.
The said George CLARKE is about 22 years of age, stands 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, stout made, round shouldered, full mouthed, and fair complexion. He had on when he went away a brown coat, yellow striped waistcoat with glass buttons, and blue velveteen trousers.
Whoever will apprehend the said George CLARKE, and lodge him in any of his Majesty's gaols, and give information thereof to Mr John WHEATCROFT, the Constable of Washington aforesaid, or to Messrs. RICKARDS and son, solicitors, Alfreton, shall receive a reward of five guineas, and all reasonable expenses.
Derby Mercury 23 March 1825
Abraham DAWES, 16, was indicted for stealing a large iron hammer or maul out of a stone quarry at Crich, the property of Mr Samuel SILVESTER, lime-burner. The maul was seen by John KIRK in the quarry on 1 January, and on the Monday morning following it was missing. After advertising the hammer, Jeremiah STORER sent the owner word that it was in his possession; he had purchased it off Samuel BOND, who proved he bought it off the prisoner on 1 February. – Guilty, and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and kept to hard labour.
Derby Mercury 8 June 1825
The spire of which must be pointed immediately. For particulars and to treat for so doing, apply to Mr BOWNES, of Crich.
Derby Mercury 6 July 1825
Several boys and girls to be bound immediately to good masters – apply personally to the churchwardens of Crich, in this county.
Derby Mercury 24 August 1825
Committed to our county gaol Samuel TAYLOR, of Crich, for want of sureties, for having at various times threatened to abuse and ill-treat, Mr George CLARK, of Crich aforesaid .
Derby Mercury 21 April 1826
Whereas Sabina MARSDEN of Washington, in this county, was apprehended by the Constable of Crich, in this county, upon a charge of robbing her master, Mr R W SMITH, of Crich aforesaid, and made her escape from the said Constable, under rather extraordinary circumstances.
Whoever will apprehend the said Sabina MARSDEN, and deliver her to the said Mr R W SMITH, or the Parish Officers of Crich aforesaid, shall receive one guinea reward from the said Mr R W SMITH, over and above what will be allowed, upon her conviction by the Crich Association
Derby Mercury 14 February 1827
A collection has been made in the parish of Crich, for the relief of the manufacturing districts, amounting to the sum of £3.1s.4d after an impressive and appropriate sermon delivered from the 1st Epistle of John, chap.3, verse 16, by the Rev Charles James CALLOW, curate.
Derby Mercury 28 February 1827
On Tuesday the 20th instant, at Crich, Mary only daughter of Mr SILVESTER, to Mr J MORRELL eldest son of Mr MORRELL, of Morley Park, both in this county.
Derby Mercury 14 March 1827
BE SOLD BY AUCTION
Upon the premises of Mr Samuel SMITH, farmer, of Crich, (who is declining the farming business) on Monday the 19th day of March 1827 at 10 o’clock in the morning.
[There followed a long itinerary of farming livestock and equipment]
Derby Mercury 11 July 1827
Lately, at Crich, Mr J TAYLOR, to Miss YOUNG, daughter of Mr YOUNG, of the Black Swan, in that place.
Derby Mercury 5 March 1828
[Auction sale at the Bull’s Head, Crich]
All that desirable freehold estate in the parish of Crich aforesaid, of belonging to Mr Henry BUXTON, of Crich Carr, in the said parish, bleacher &c who intends changing his residence.
The Bleach Mill, at Crich Carr aforesaid, adjoining the Wirksworth Turnpike-road, with the land and all appurtenances, as now stated: and two dwelling houses adjoining, well situated as to carriage or conveyance, both by land and water.
The dwelling house at Crich Carr aforesaid, in the occupation John WRAGG, with the barn or outbuildings and garden adjoining
The dwelling house at Crich Carr aforesaid, in the occupation of Ann CALVERT
The dwelling house at Crich Carr aforesaid in the occupation of Samuel KEANEY
[there were five more Lots; without occupants]
Derby Mercury 2 April 1828
Of a consumption, on Thursday morning last, at the Coasthill farm-house, at Crich in this county, Ann TOWNDROW, spinster, aged 23 years, second daughter of Mr David TOWNDROW, late of the same place, deceased. Affectionate and gentle, active and indefatigable, zealous, and consistent, she exhibited to all around her the genuine influences of the Christian spirit and doctrine: she was useful and beloved through her brief span of life, and her death has inflicted on her surviving friends, a deep sense of the loss which they have been thus call to sustain.
Derby Mercury 16 July 1828
Committed to the County Gaol since our last, John DAWES, aged 15, charged with stealing out of the dwelling house of Lydia WILKINSON, at Crich, 5½ yards of gingham, 7 yards of cotton print, two cotton gowns, one pair of cotton stockings, 2½ yards of calico, two caps, 5 yards of cotton net lace, one pair of shoes, one Testament, half a pound of jersey, two cotton frocks, and one pair of troys the property of Joseph WILKINSON.
Derby Mercury 23 July 1828
Whereas Abraham DAWES, of Crich, in this county, framework-knitter, (a youth of dark complexion, of about 20 years of age,) stands charged with committing a felony in the dwelling house of Joseph WILKINSON, of Crich aforesaid, and is absconded;
Whoever will apprehend the said Abraham DAWS, or give such information to the Constable of Crich aforesaid, so that he may be apprehended, shall on his conviction, receive a reward of one guinea
Derby Mercury 23 July 1828
John DAWES, charged with stealing from the dwelling house of Lydia WILKINSON, at Crich, a quantity of wearing apparel. – Prosecutrix stated that she remembered leaving her house about 9 o’clock on 17 June last; there is no key to the door; that on her return she found a bit of stick in the latch; on getting within she missed a box containing the articles named in the indictment; she afterwards saw the stolen property in the position of Mr SMITH, the Constable of Heage. SMITH being called, produced certain articles of wearing apparel, which he stated to have found on the premises the person named Frederick FORD, and which the Prosecutrix identified her property. – FORD stated that the articles in question were left on his premises by the prisoner and his brother Abraham DAWES, on 20 June. – Another witness was called, who deposed to seeing the prisoner and his brother within about 200 yards of Prosecutrix’ about 10 o’clock on the night of 17 June. – Prisoner called several witnesses for his defence, but their testimony had no tendency to affect the case for the prosecution. – To be transported 7 years.
Derby Mercury 31 December 1828
At Crich, on the 25th instant, by the Rev C.J. CALLOW, Mr MORETON, of Duffield, to ANN, the only daughter of Mr GOODWIN of Brook House, near Washington, all in this county.
Derby Mercury 21 January 1829
Abraham DAWES, aged 20, charged with breaking into an outhouse and stealing a number of joiners tools. – George CLAY said, that on 18 June, when the articles were stolen, the morning was very dewy, and he traced the footmarks into a plantation of Mr NIGHTINGALE’s, where on searching a second time he found his father’s planes , chisel hafts, and an iron bar, which on applying to the marks made upon the door that had been forced open, corresponded with the impressions. – Benjamin HARRISON, of Crich, saw the prisoner in June last, and accompanied him to wood, where he removed some ling, under which had been deposited a plane, a file, a handsaw, a hammer, a wimble, and an iron bar – Witness returned home and left the prisoner. – George CURZON, of Southwingfield, stated the prisoner came to his house during the summer, and exchanged a handsaw for a pair of half boots. – Mr John SMITH, Constable, of Crich, produced a handsaw and plane, identified as part of the property stolen. – Acquitted.
[Note:a wimble is an instrument for boring holes]
Derby Mercury 17 June 1829
Derby Mercury 26 August 1829
On Friday last Abraham DAWES of Crich, was committed to county gaol, charged with entering the dwelling house of Ralph FROST, of Alfreton, on the night of the 31st ult.. and stealing therein two bonnets, two shaw and one pair of blue grey stockings.
Derby Mercury 28 October 1829
Ann CHEETHAM aged 33, and Julia WILKINSON, aged 20, were indicted for stealing on 16 July last, a quantity of coal from the premises of Charles BAKER, lime burner at Crich – The case against the prisoners was very short and clear – Guilty. – To be imprisoned one week each and kept to hard labour.
Derby Mercury 25 March 1829
At Fritchley, near Crich, in this county, on Saturday the 21st instant, Mr William SIMS, stonemason, aged 72 years
Derby Mercury 19 August 1829
On Thursday the 6th instant, at St Alkmund’s church, in this town, by the Rev. C. S. HOPE, Mr J SPENCER, of Crich, in this county, to Jane BAKER, fifth daughter of the late Mr John BAKER of Darley Abbey.
Derby Mercury 16 September 1829
On the 8th instant as a labouring man named George CURZON, residing at Crich in this county, was preparing to pursue his usual daily occupation, suddenly sunk down upon the floor of his dwelling, and instantly expired. – A coroner’s inquest was taken on the view of the body, and a verdict recorded “that he died by the visitation of God.”
Derby Mercury 7 October 1829
On Sunday the fourth instant, at Crich, John EMBERY, of this town, bookbinder, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr Samuel SMITH, farmer, of Holloway, in this county.
This morning, at Duffield, by the Rev Wm. BARBER, Mr Benjamin BOWMER, of Bull Bridge, to Mary, daughter of Mr S. ARGYLE, of Heage Hall, all in this county.
Derby Mercury 9 December 1829
William CUBLEY, of Crich, for two months, for a trespass on the premises of Mr John TAYLOR.