News Snippets between 1850 and 1854

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers between 1850 and 1854.

As with all transcriptions there could be "typos" which is always a possibilty with audio trancriptions, although care has been taken.

The following index shows parish names that appear in some of the reports – allow for spelling variations and omissions are possible owing to human error.

ALLEN FLINT MARSHALL SMITH
ALLSOP FRITCHLEY MERCHANT SPARLING
BACON GLOSSOP MILLS SPENDLOVE
BARKER GREGORY NADIN SUMMERSIDE
BARNES HALL PETTS TOPHAM
BENNETT HAY PORTER TOWNDROW
BERRESFORD HAYNES POYSER VICKERSTAFF
BOLLINGTON HIGGOTT RADFORD WALKER
BOLTON HIGTON REDFERN WALTERS
BOWER HURT REYNOLDS WETTON
BOWMER HYDES ROWE WHEATCROFT
CARSON JEFFREY SAXTON WIGHTMAN
CARTLIDGE JEFFRIES SELLORS WILMOT
CHEETHAM KNEEBONE SHOTTEN YATES
COOPER LEE SIMS YEOMANS
COWLISHAW LYNAM SMEDLEY  

In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches.

Common abbreviations used in the newspaper reports are: ult. [ulimo] meaning the previous month; inst. [instant] meaning the current month, se'nnight [sevennights] meaning a week and &c. meaning et cetera.

At this time, Wessington ( also recorded as Washington), Tansley and part of Holloway were within Crich parish.

Alderwasley although not part of Crich parish had a great many close connections, mainly through the HURT family of Alderwasley who were "Lords of the Manor" owing large parts of the parish. They were also great benefactors to the parish. Consequently it is approriate to include relevent snippets of that place.

1850 newspapers

Derby Mercury 23 January 1850
INQUEST BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
On Monday last, at Crich, on the body of Alfred SIMS, a child three years old, who died Saturday before from injuries received the day previous in consequence of his clothes taking fire whilst attempting to light a lucifer match at the fire in his parents house. It appeared that the mother of the child had gone upstairs a few minutes before, and on hearing the child crying went down again and found him all in flames. The jury after recommending a fireguard to be placed around the fire-place, returned of the verdict of “Accidental death.”

Derby Mercury 22 January 1851
COMMITTED TO DERBY COUNTY GAOL
Joseph Fuller SMITH, of Crich, six months, for refusing to find sureties to keep the peace.

Derbyshire Courier 2 March 1850
COMMITTED TO DERBY GAOL
James COWLISHAW, of Crich, to hard labour for two months, for poaching.

Derbyshire Courier 23 March 1850
CRICH
A very serious accident occurred on Monday to Mr Samuel WHEATCROFT and his wife. On passing the bridge at Dalehouse, in a gig, on their way to visit some friends at Ashover, the wheel touch the curb stone, and both were thrown out and much injured. They had only been a few days married. Under the care of, first Mr GOODALL of Ashover, and since of Mr HALL, of Crich, they are both we are glad to say, doing well.

Derbyshire Courier 27 April 1850
ACCIDENT
A rather serious accident occurred to Mr JEFFREYS superintendent of Stevenson’s Lime Works, of Crich, and Mr WIGHTMAN, timber merchant, of Fritchley, on Monday evening last. They were proceeding at a rapid rate in a gig between Higham and South Wingfield, when the horse foundered and precipitated the two gentlemen with great violence on the road. They were both more or less injured, but managed to get as far as Mr Joseph CUPIT’s, the sign of the Horse and Groom, South Wingfield, where every attention was paid to them by the worthy host, and after having rested a while, they were enabled to proceed to their respective homes.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 May 1850
CRICH
On Monday last an inquest was held before Mr WHISTON, Jun, coroner, at Crich on the body of John VICKERSTAFF aged 4 years, whose death took place this Saturday previous. It being reported that the death had taken place by some unfair means, it appearing after a careful examination that the reports were unfounded, and death had taken place from natural causes.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 5 July 1850
CRICH
On Wednesday week, an inquest was held before Mr WHISTON, jun, coroner, at Crich, on the body of Ann FRITCHLEY, whose death took place on Monday night previous. The deceased had been out of work the whole day weeding, and after partaking of her supper, went to bed, and in a few minutes was a corpse. From the evidence, it appeared that death had taken place from disease of the heart. A verdict that effect was returned.

Derby Mercury 31 July 1850
HOUSEBREAKING AT CRICH


Housebreaking at Crich in 1850

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 23 August 1850
DEATHS
At the mansion-house, Crich, on the 15th instant, Ann, the relict of the late John SAXTON, Esq, in the 69th year of her age, revered and lamented by numerous family and friends, to whom her parental affection and social virtues had highly endeared her.

Derbyshire Courier 24 August 1850
On Thursday, the 15th instant, at Crich, Mr S. KNEEBONE in his 58th year.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 18 October 1850
MARRIAGES
At Crich Church, on Thursday, the third instant, Mr Robert SPENDLOVE, farmer, of Wakebridge, to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of John ELSE, gentleman, of Holloway.

Derby Mercury 23 October 1850
COMMITTED TO DERBY GAOL
Benjamin HYDES, of Crich, to be imprisoned six months or find sureties to keep the peace towards Mary HYDES his wife.

Derby Mercury 11 December 1850
CRICH
On Friday evening last, as Mr John BACON, churchwarden of Crich, was returning home from Derby in company with Mr Isaac SPENDLOVE, they had occasion to pass the canal near to the Ambergate Lime Works, when Mr BACON, being a little in advance of Mr SPENDLOVE took the wrong turn in the road and unfortunately walked into the canal, and before Mr SPENDLOVE could arrive at the spot to render assistance, Mr BACON had obtained the opposite bank of the canal and was clinging to the branch of a tree not be able to get out of the water on account of the great highlight of the canal bank. Mr SPENDLOVE called to him, requested him to keep hold of the tree, and immediately ran to Amber Grove for assistance, when a number of Mr SUMMERSIDE’s workmen attended, and by great exertion succeeded in extricating Mr BACON free from his perilous situation. Mr BACON had the misfortune to lose his hat in the melee with the watery elements.

Derbyshire Courier 14 December 1850
MARRIAGES
At Crich, on Sunday, the 1st instant, by the Rev T. DUNN, curate, Mr George HOGG, of Fritchley, to Miss Esther CURZON, of Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 28 December 1850
DEATHS
On Friday, the 13th instant, age 46, Mr Joseph HALL, Plaistow Green, Crich.

1851 newspapers

Derby Mercury 1 January 1851
COMMITTED TO DERBY COUNTY GAOL
Andrew HALL, of Crich, to be imprisoned three months, for neglect of family.

Derbyshire Courier 4 January 1851
DEATHS
On the 26th ult., Jane, relict of the late Mr George MARSHALL, of Crich, aged 74.

Derby Mercury 8 January 1851
SINGULAR RECOVERY OF LOST PROPERTY.
Mr BARKER, one of the relieving officers of the Belper Union, and who resides at Crich, returned home from the former-named place a few evenings since, on horseback, and on retiring for the night, had the mortification to find himself minus three five pounds notes. As Mr B.had not at first the most remote idea as to where his lost could have taken place, he prudently kept the matter to himself, not even whispering his mishap to anyone in his own house. After passing a somewhat fidgety night, Mr BARKER was up and staring before daylight, and the first blush of dawn saw him carefully and observantly retracing his steps, in the contrary direction to that which he rode the over night, a slight gleam of hope cheering him on by the suggestion, that it was just possible he might have dropped the money at Ambergate, where he had taken some silver from his pocket to pay the toll-bar, the notes and silver being together. Slender as was this whole, it was, however, fated to be realised, as on arriving at the spot named, and it now being broad daylight, Mr B.had the satisfaction of seeing his notes laying in nearby the centre of the road uninjured. Had Mr BARKER, instead of acting with his quiet promptlitude made a towas talk [sic] of his loss, and then lay in bed next morning bemoaning his misfortune, the chances are of course greatly in favour of his never having seen his notes again.

Derby Mercury 22 January 1851
COMMITTED TO DERBY COUNTY GAOL
Joseph Fuller SMITH, of Crich, six months, for refusing to find sureties to keep the peace.

Derby Mercury 22 January 1851
CRICH
The library lately established in this village now numbers upwards of 70 volumes of books, and several of the leading periodicals of the day. F HURT, Esq, has subscribed 41, and the Misses HURT have presented 17 volumes of books, including D’Aubigne’s History of the Reformation, History of England, &c.

Derby Mercury 5 February 1851
DEATHS
On 28 January, Mr Anthony GREGORY, Park Head, Crich, aged 61, much respected.

Derby Mercury 26 February 1851
COMMITTED TO DERBY COUNTY GAOL
Thomas YATES, of Crich, committed to the assizes, charged with stealing some beans and head-stall, the property of his master, John ALLSOPP.
[Note: a head-stall was that part of the bridle which fits over a horse's head]

Derby Mercury 26 March 1851
INQUEST BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
On Monday, the 17th instant, at Crich, on the body of Robert HIGTON, aged 60 years, whose death took place on the Saturday previous, in consequence of injuries received on the head that day, owing to a portion of the frame of a whimsy-house falling upon him. It appeared that the deceased was assisting in removing the frame, when it suddenly fell over, forcing the deceased to the ground, and falling upon his head; he received such injuries as to cause death shortly afterwards. Verdict. “Accidental death.”

Derbyshire Courier 12 April 1851
DEATHS
At Crich, on Sunday last, suddenly, J.BERRESFORD, miner, aged 34.
At Crich, suddenly, Mr Abm. BARNES, in his 66th year, being in the act of working at the time of his decease.
At Crich Carr, on Tuesday last, Mr Wm. MERCHANT, stone mason, in his 52nd year.
At Edge Farm, near Crich, on Sunday evening last, to the grief of her family and friends, Ann, eldest daughter of William PORTER, Esq, in the 25th year of her age.

Derbyshire Courier 19 April 1851
INQUEST BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
On the same day, at Crich, on the body of Joseph BERRESFORD, aged 36, who died under somewhat mysterious circumstances on Sunday previous. It appeared he had been at work the day before, complained of illness, and was attacked with sickness and other pains, and died in a few hours after he was attacked. From the evidence of the medical gentleman it was ascertained that the death was occasioned from inflammation of the bowels, and the jury returned a verdict to that effect. – On the same day, at the same time and place, on the body of Abraham BARNES, aged 63 years, whose death took place very suddenly that morning. The deceased it appeared only got up in his usual health that morning, gone out of house and returned again, when on someone going in he was found lying on the floor in a state of insensibility and apparently dying. The deceased never rallied after he was found, and it appeared that he had been attacked with paralysis, which caused death. Verdict, “Natural causes.”

Derby Mercury 30 April 1851
CRICH
In consequence of John SMEDLEY, Esq, of Lea Mills, having purchased the living of Crich, vacant by the preferment of the Rev Thomas CARSON, merry peals were wrung at intervals, on Easter Tuesday, the above-named gentlemen being held in high estimation in the immediate neighbourhood, for his liberal and philanthropic disposition.
[Note: Buying the living was about buying the patronage of the church, it gave the patron the right of presentation to the living. The current vicar of Crich is patron of Wessington church as by right of being the Vicar of Crich – an accident of history because Wessington historically was part of Crich parish.]

Derbyshire Courier 28 April 1851
DEATHS
On Friday week, at Park-head, near Crich, aged 32, Joseph, youngest surviving son of Mr Geo. WHEATCROFT, farmer, Crich.
At Crich Carr, on Thursday week, Mr T. NADIN, stone merchant, in his 64th year.

Derbyshire Courier 28 June 1851
MARRIAGES
Lately, at Crich, Mr George CLAY, of Shirley Park, to Miss Ann MARTIN, of Wessington, parish of Crich.

Derby Mercury 2 July 1851
DEATHS
On Monday se’nnight, at Bull Bridge, near Crich, Mrs Elizabeth TAYLOR, wife of Wm. TAYLOR, at an advanced age.

Derbyshire Courier 26 July 1851
CRICH
John SMEDLEY, Esq, of Lea Bridge, near this place, with his accustomed liberality in times of stress among the labouring classes, has during the present crisis among the framework knitters, engaged a number of cotton frames, and is giving cotton out to on his own account to the unemployed hands in this neighbourhood. His residence, during the early part of last week was literally besieged with applicants for employment. The same gentlemen, also, on Saturday last, caused a quantity of Scotch oatmeal to be distributed to the poor and unemployed in this village.

Derby Mercury 20 August 1851
ANOTHER STRIKE AMONGST THE FRAMEWORK KNITTERS
[Note: there followed a lengthy article about a proposed three-counties strike in order to prevent a reduction in the price of labour. The workers of Crich were undecided whether to join the strike as they were “dubious of the Sutton men”. There was reference to the 15 frames at Brackenfield and 100 frames at Wessington.]

Derby Mercury 3 September 1851
Local News
CRICH
The stand on Crich Cliff, is approaching completion, and a great many of the neighbouring inhabitants have availed themselves of the opportunity to visiting this noble structure, which commands so fine a view.

Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield Gazette, and General County Advertiser 6 September 1851
CRICH
INQUEST BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
On Friday week, at Crich, on the body of Joseph WALKER, a child of the age of five years, who died Wednesday previous from injuries received that day owing to four wheels of two wagons passing over his body. The deceased had got upon a wagon passing upon the railway at Crich, belonging to Messrs.Stephenson, for the purpose of a ride, and after proceeding a short distance, the child fell forward over the wagon across the rails, and the wheels of two empty wagons passed over his body causing such severe injuries as to occasion death in about two hours. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and at the same time strongly recommended that the drivers of the wagons upon the railway would be careful not to allow any children for the future to ride upon the wagons.

Derbyshire Courier 4 October 1851
CRICH
The Rev W.S. SPARLING has been appointed Curate of Crich, in the room of the Rev C.B.Dunn. The rev. gentleman commenced his labours on Sunday last.

Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield Gazette, and General County Advertiser 22 November 1851


Crich Removal Order 1851

Mentioned in this 1776 removal of John BOLTON, were David WHEATCROFT and Jacob REDFERN. The overseers were Jacob REDFERN and Jno. REYNOLDS.
[Note: £20.9s.3d in 1776 would be about £1,785 in 2021]

Derbyshire Courier 22 November 1851
MARRIAGES
At Hasland, on Wednesday, November 19, by the Rev J.T.WILLIAMSON, Mr Thomas CARTLIDGE, of Crich, to Miss Hannah WALTERS, of the former place.
On Monday, the 10th instant, at Derby, L.R.SAXTON, Esq, Mansion House, Crich, to Mary, third daughter of the late Mr Samuel WETTON, stone-mason
DEATHS
At Crich, on Tuesday last, aged 47 years, Mr John WALKER, eldest son of the late John SAXTON, Esq of that place.

Derbyshire Courier 22 November 1851
INQUEST BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
On Monday last, the 17th instant, an inquest was held at Fritchley, in the parish of Crich, on the body of William WALTERS, a child at the age of five years, whose death took place this Saturday previous in consequence of his clothes taking fire whilst attempting to take some sticks out of a fire which was burning on the road. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Derby Mercury 29 November
INQUEST BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
On Saturday, the 22nd instant, at Crich, on the body of Thomas MILLS, aged 27 years, who died the Thursday before, from injuries received the day previous whilst employed at the Limestone Quarry belonging to Messrs., Stephenson, at Crich. It appears that the deceased was a workman employed at the works, and together with other workmen, had received notice that a blast was about to be fired, and that instead of getting out of the way, he continued at his work (although he had plenty of time to get away), and on the blast going off, a large piece of stone struck the deceased on the head, and fractured the skull. The deceased lingered until the following morning, when death terminated his suffering. There not appearing any blame to be attached to anyone except the unfortunate man himself, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.” It was somewhat singular that the manager of the works had only given MILLS a caution the day before the occurrence in question took place

Derbyshire Courier 13 December 1851
COMMITTED TO DERBY COUNTY GAOL
Joseph TOPHAM, of Crich, charged with leaving his two children on 18 April last, whereby they became chargeable to the township of Crich, was ordered to be imprisoned three months.

Derby Mercury 17 December 1851
FIRE AT CRICH
On Tuesday week, a fire occurred on the premises of Mr John ROWE, during the absence of himself and son, who work at Messrs Stephenson and Co’s quarries. It appears that the chimney took fire and ignited the roof which was composed of dry thatch. ROWE being a limestone getter, had a barrel of blasting powder upstairs. Mrs ROWE had the presence of mind to remove this, and was then so overcome that she went and lay down on the roadside. The house, furniture, clothing, &c, were all destroyed. We understand that the case is one of great commiseration, and the aid of the charitably disposed is earnestly invoked.

1852 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 24 January 1852
ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE
To the Editor of the Derbyshire Courier
Sir, I thank you for five shillings received from you – the subscription of some benevolent gentlemen on behalf of John ROE, whose house and furniture were destroyed by fire in December last
The churchwardens of this parish knowing the man and pitying his case, commenced a subscription for him, which – headed by Francis HURT, Esq, of Alderwasley – has already reached £8.
He has suffered from many accidents during his thirty years working in limestone quarries; and to crown all, having just returned to his work from another, saw from the quarry his house on fire destroying his little all.
A more hard-working or honest man does not exist; and either the churchwardens or myself will answer any enquiry you may please to make.
I am sir, your humble servant, James JEFFRIES

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 April 1852
CRICH
The typhus fever is very prevalent in this village at the present time; several persons have lately died of the disease, and many of the children, as well as the mistress of the National school are, and have been, suffering from the effects of its virulence.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 9 April 1852
MARRIAGES
At Chesterfield, on the 31st ult., by the Rev George BUTT, M.A.vicar, Mr George PLATTS of that place, draper, to Sarah daughter of the late Mr Thomas SELLORS, of Crich, hosier.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 May 1852
CRICH
On Saturday last, an inquest was held before Mr WHISTON, coroner, at Crich, on the body of Mary BENNETT, a child of the age of four years, whose death took place the Thursday previous, in consequence of the wheel of a drug laden with timber passing over the body it appeared that the driver of the drug was carefully attending to his horses, assisted by another person, and on a getting to a narrow part of the road, another child was close to the drug and her clothes being caught by the wheel, she was turned round, when the driver’s assistant seized the child to protect it from danger, and during this time the deceased unfortunately got under the fore-wheel, when the driver immediately seized the deceased child and thereby prevented the second wheel passing over her. There not appearing any blame to be attached to the driver, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 May 1852
DEATHS
On Saturday, May 1, Mr George LEE, grocer, &c, Wheatcroft, near Crich, in the 50th year of his age.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 21 May 1852
DEATHS
At Crich, on Wednesday, the 12 instant, Thirza, wife of Mr James LYNAM, boot and shoemaker, aged 33 years.

Derbyshire Courier 29 May 1852
MARRIAGES
On the 27th instant, at Crich, by the Rev W. SPARLING, Michael JESSOP, Esq, solicitor, Alfreton, to Mary Radford Richardson LEE, of the Mount, relict of the late Mr Thomas LEE, Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 5 June 1852
MARRIAGES
At Pentrich, on Wednesday last, the second instant, by the Rev P.B. COLLINS, Mr James LEE, of Crich, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Mr James FLETCHER, of the former place.

Derbyshire Courier 19 June 1852
MARRIAGES
At Crich, on Tuesday last, by the Rev Mr SPARLING, vicar, Mr Henry SMITH, to Miss Hannah FLINT, second daughter of Mr Samuel FLINT, Fritchley, in this county.
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 July 1852
CRICH
On Tuesday evening last, the children of the Parochial Schools, Crich, were, by the bounty of Miss HURTs, regaled with tea and plum cake, in a nice tent erected and tastefully decorated for the occasion, in the presence of numerous friends and people of the neighbourhood; after which climbing the poll, racing in sacks, &c was resorted to until eight o’clock, when a very appropriate address was delivered by the Rev N. SPARLING, the vicar, and a little book presented to each pupil by the Miss HURTs. The National Anthem was then sung, aided by the instrumentalists of the church choir. The friends then took their departure amidst immense cheers. The orderly conduct of the children, with the beautiful posies each had provided himself with, were much admired. Great praise was due to Mr SPARLING for the warm interest and very active part he took on the occasion.

Derbyshire Courier 3 July 1852
DEATHS
At Crich, on Monday, June 21, in her 73rd year, Mary, wife of Mr Thomas TOWNDROW late of Coddington, in the same parish.

Buxton Herald 9 October 1852
A poem by J.W. LEE entitled “Written on Crich Cliff”


poem about Crich Cliff 1852

 

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 6 August 1852
DEATHS
At Crich, on the 12 ult., Abby relict of George CHEETHAM, stonemason.

Derby Mercury 13 October 1852
CRICH
On Monday last, the inspector of National Schools, the Rev J.J .BLANDFORD, visited the Crich National School, for the purpose of examining the children. Owing to the small number in attendance, the examination was soon over, and not very satisfactory, considering the great expense incurred in his maintenance.

Derby Mercury 20 October 1852
Local News.
Crich.
We are informed that the Inspector's words, at the close of the recent examinations of these schools, were " I find your schools are much improved since my last visit (1850). they were then in a wretched state" The present teachers have been appointed in the interim and they have, therefore, up-hill work to contend with. The world was not made in a day and we hope they will succeed in placing the establishments upon a thoroughly efficient footing.

Derby Mercury 3 November 1852
INQUEST ON THE BODY OF A RESPECTABLE YOUNG MAN WHO DIED IN A PUBLIC HOUSE
[There was a long report into the death of Isaac SPENDLOVE]


Inquest n Isaac Spendlove 1852

 

1853 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 8 January 1853
William LEWIS, 38 charged with having on 7 November 1852, at Crich, stolen one piece of green baize, the property of Samuel BOWER. Prisoner is a hawker of little fancy articles, and travels with a pack. On 7th November he called and slept at prosecutors house; after his departure a small bit of faded green baize, rather more than half a yard in length, which was used as a carpet, was missed. He was overtaken and given in custody, when the stolen article was found in his pack among seven or eight other bits of green baize. He was found guilty, and sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 January 1853
DEATH AT CRICH THROUGH TAKING LAUDANUM
Mr Coroner Whiston, held an inquest at Crich, on Wednesday, on view of the body of George GLASSAPP, stonemason, aged 26 years, whose death took place the previous Sunday night, from the effects of laudanum taken that day. It appeared from the evidence, that the deceased returned home to his mother about ten days previous to his death, being at the time very ill; that he was once seen by Mr BROWN, surgeon, who at the time was attending his mother; that during his absence from home he had been ill, and had taken laudanum, which had relieved him, and that, on Sunday, feeling much pain, he requested his mother to purchased some laudanum for him, which she did, and gave him a few drops, when he attempted to go to sleep, but being unable, he asked for the remainder of the laudanum (being an ounce), which was refused, and shortly afterwards becoming restless, he called out of the bottle, which was still refused, but on his getting out of bed, his mother went to him with a bottle in her hand, which the unfortunate man seized, and drank the contents instantly, and after lingering for about six hours, he died. It appearing to the jury that the deceased had taken the laudanum with a view to relieve his sufferings, and without any intention to take away his life, returned a verdict accordingly. On the bottle which is contained the laudanum being produced before the jury, there was no label upon it, and it was in the same state as when the poison was purchased. The jury, on returning their verdict, strongly recommended that persons selling poisons should place labels upon the bottles or parcels, stating that the articles are sold are poison, which might, in some measure, prevent people taking the same, which recommendation it is to be hoped will be attended to.
[Note: this is George GLOSSOP not GLASSAPP]

Derby Mercury 16 February 1853
MARRIAGES
On the 5th instant, at the parish church, Duffield, J.B. WALKER, Esq, solicitor, of Belper, to Ann, only daughter of Mr John HAYNES, Crich .

Derby Mercury 2 March 1853
DEATHS
On the 22nd ult., at Crich, much respected, Ann, relict of the late Mr Thomas TAYLOR, saddler and harness-maker, after a long and severe affliction.

Derby Courier 12 March 1853
BRUTAL ASSAULT AT CRICH
LYNAM v.WALKER

Assault record at Crich 1853

Derby Mercury 16 March 1853
BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
Yesterday (Tuesday), the 15th instant, at Crich, on the body of John SELLERS, aged 29 years, who died the day before from injuries received the Friday previous. It appeared from the evidence, that the deceased was in the employ of the Clay Cross Company, and on Friday last, was in the act of nailing a chain on the inclined plane, used by the company in conveying limestone to the lime-works, at Ambergate, at the time two wagons were passing down the line, and on being called to by his fellow workman, he called to him in reply, and instead of placing himself upright, where he would have been quite safe, he made a start, and shot in front of the wagons, and was forced to the ground. One of the wagons was forced upon the deceased, but a signal of danger being immediately given, the wagons were instantly stopped, and the unfortunate man on being removed, was conveyed to his home, where he lingered until Monday last, when he died. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Derby Mercury 23 March 1853
DEATHS
At Crich, on Wednesday morning last, aged 74, John COOPER, gentlemen. He has left by his will, together with some other legacies, a sum of money to be invested in the public funds, the interest of which is to be distributed amongst ten poor widows of Crich, on Christmas-eve every year.

Derbyshire Courier 2 April 1853
MARRIAGES
At Bonsall Church, on the 24th ult., Mr George WALKER, of Crich Carr, to Miss MARTIN, daughter of Mr George MARTIN, Bonsall.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 April 1853
COUNTY HALL, DERBY
Caution to Parish Constables
Thomas RADFORD was summoned at the county-Hall, on Friday last, for neglect of his duty as constable for the parish of Crich. It appeared he was present at a fight which took place at Fritchley on 28 March, and did not attempt to quell the disturbance when desired stop he was fined 1s and £1.11s.6d. costs.

Derbyshire Courier 16 April 1853
DEATHS
At Roundhill, near Birmingham, on Tuesday week, after a brief illness, Mr Edward SAXTON, commercial traveller, late of Crich.

Derby Mercury 18 May 1853
EXTRAORDINARY FECUNDITY
The extraordinary number of 31 lambs have been produced from 12 ewes belonging to Robert HAY, Esq, of Crich Chase. Ten ewes have produced three lambs each. A sow of the Shropshire breed, belonging to Mr BOWER, of the Black Swan Inn, has had a litter of twenty young ones, 15 of which are living and doing well.

Derbyshire Courier 6 August 1853
DEATHS
On the 25th ult., at the house of her son-in-law, Mr TOWNDROW, Coddington farm, Crich, in the 67th year of her age, Mrs Phoebe POYSER, late of the Canal Inn, Bull Bridge.

1854 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 25 February 1854
CONSTABLES FOR CRICH
The following are appointments for the year – Mr Joseph LEE for Crich Carr; Mr Joseph BOWMER for Crich; Mr William BOLLINGTON for Crich; Mr Daniel PETTS for Fritchley; Mr YEOMANS for Wheatcroft.

Derby Mercury 22 March 1854
FRITCHLEY, VALUABLE FREEHOLD HOUSES AND GROCER’S SHOP

Auction at Fritchley 1854

[Names mentioned Mr SIMS, Edward LEAM, William BLOUNT]

Derbyshire Courier 1 April 1854
MARRIAGES
At Crich, on Tuesday, the 28th ult. by the Rev W. SPARLING, Mr John WILMOT, jun of Alderwasley, farmer, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr Robert HAY, of Crich Chase Farm.

Derby Mercury 10 May 1854
MARRIAGES
On Saturday week, at St Peter’s, Derby, by the Rev J. CAMPBELL, George, the second son of Mr John SHOTTEN, railway agent, Crich, to Miss C. BLACKSHAW, of Liversage-street, Derby

Derby Mercury 10 May 1854
INQUEST BEFORE MR WHISTON, JUN, CORONER
On Wednesday last, at Crich, on the body of Joseph STORER, aged 17 years, a lead miner, whose death took place the morning previous from the effects of burning. The deceased was filling a “straw” with gunpowder for a blast, when a sudden explosion of the gunpowder took place, and the woollen jacket of the deceased taking fire, he was somewhat burnt as to cause death in a few hours afterwards. There were three other men in the same mine, one of whom was slightly injured. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Derbyshire Courier 8 July 1854
MARRIAGES
On the same day, at Chesterfield, Mr Henry GRATTAGE, of Knifesmiths-gate, to Sarah, daughter of Mr Anthony HIGGOTT, of Crich, Taylor.

Derbyshire Courier 12 August 1854
REV W.S. SPALING, CURATE OF CRICH, v JAMES LEE, CHURCHWARDEN

court case of Sparling v Lee 1854

Derbyshire Courier 4 November 1854
CRICH
Last week the sum of £7.12s.6d. was collected among the men employed under Mr JEFFERIES in the limestone quarries, Crich, to alleviate the sufferings of our countrymen among the sick and wounded in the East.
[Note: At this time there was action taking place in India and China]

Derby Mercury 29 November 1854
INQUESTS
Before Mr Mosley, coroner
On the same day, at Belper, on the body of John BRIAN, of Crich, cattle doctor, aged 64,. On Saturday afternoon, deceased was about to take tea with Mr Thomas BRIDGES and his wife, who were old friends of his, residing in Belper, when reaching forward for a piece of bread and butter, he fell on the table and died instantly. The jury, from the evidence thinking that deceased died from disease of the heart, returned a verdict accordingly

Derbyshire Courier 16 December 1854
DEATHS
On the 30th ult., at his residence, the Grange, Crich, Mr W.F. SAXTON, in his 40th year.

Derbyshire Courier16 December 1854
MARRIAGES
December 3, at Ashover, Mr Rowland BUXTON, of the Dethick, to Miss Mary ALLEN, of Wheatcroft, parish of Crich.