News Snippets between 1870 and 1874

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers between 1870 and 1874.

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.

ADAMS CHEETHAM HAYES RADFORD WILKINSON
ALSOP CHELL HILL RODGERS WILLIAMS
AMATT CHOLERTON HINTON ROE WILMOT
BARBER CLARKE HODGKINSON RUTLAND WILSON
BARNES COCKAYNE HOLBECK SAXTON WOODWARD
BATES COLEMAN HOLMES SEAL WOOLLEY
BENNETT CROWDER HOWITT SELLORS WRAGG
BESTWICK CURZON HURT SHIPSTONE WRIGHT
BLACKHAM DANIELS HYDES SIMS YEOMANS
BLACKWELL DAVIS JACKSON SLATER YOUNG
BLAND DAWES JESSOP SMITH  
BOAG DRING JOHNSON SPENCER RAINES
BOLLINGTON FANTOM LEAM STORER  
BOOLE FEARN LEE SWIFT  
BOWER FIDLER LEECH TAYLOR  
BOWMER FLETCHER LYNAM THORPE  
BRIDDON GOODALE MAGERRISON TOWNDROW  
BROADHURST GREATOREX MARSHALL VALLANCE  
BROOKS GREGORY MASSEY WALKER  
BUNTING GRUNDY MERCHANT WARD  
BURTON HALL OLLERENSHAW WETTON  
BUSH HAMBLETON PEACH WHEATCROFT  
CAWOOD HARDSTONE PETTS WHITE  
CHADWICK HARRISON POYSER WHITEMAN  
CHAWNER HAY PRIESTLEY WIGLEY  

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.

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.

Note that the guinea (£1.1s) and half guinea (10s.6d.) were in common usage as the court fines testify. An 1870 guinea would be worth about £80 in 2021. The newspapers usually recorded the pound sign with "l" not £ as transcribed.

1870 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 January 1870
CRICH
PIGEON SHOOTING
Last week a much took place at Mr B TAYLOR’s , the Bull’s Head Inn, between Mr J ALLSOP and Mr Henry HOWITT, which resulted in an easy victory by the latter. Each party was to shoot at seven birds, and equal hits being expected, and it being the fair day, many people were present, most of whom were surprised to see such an equal sport. The score was as follows: – H HOWITT, total 6; J ALLSOP total 1.
NEW DAY SCHOOL
On Monday, the 3rd incident, a new day school for boys and girls was opened at Fritchley, by Miss S RODGERS, late pupil teacher in the Crich Parochial School. The school is newly built, and we are informed has been endowed to a certain extent by a late Miss HURT, and will probably be under Government inspection. As there is no public school nearer than Crich, the people of Fritchley, Bull Bridge, and the lower part of Crich have already begun to show their approval of the past services of Miss RODGERS, by giving her much greater support than could have been expected at the commencement of her duties in her new capacity as mistress. The Church of England service will be held every Sunday evening in the above school by the Rev J.L. HOLBECK, curate of Crich. The opening service took place on the 2nd instant, when a great number of persons were present, and a collection made at the close of the service towards defraying the expenses of cleaning, lighting, and warming the place.

Derby Mercury 2 February 1870
MARRIAGES
On the 25th ult. at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Crich, by the Rev William CHAWNER, assisted by the Rev J. Louis HOLBECK, Mr Edwin BATES, of Burton on Trent, to Elizabeth daughter of the late John SAXTON, Esq, of Crich.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 12 February 1870
Henry BLACKWELL, of Crich, quarryman, was summoned by William WOOLLEY, of the same place, for having assaulted him at Crich, on the 25th ult. The defendant was ordered to pay the expenses, 16s 6d.
Samuel WHITE, of Crich, a labourer, was summoned by Constable COTMAN on a charge of being drunk and behaving in a riotous manner in the parish of Heage, on 25 January. The evidence not being sufficiently conclusive, the case was dismissed.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 25 February 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Richard HAMBLETON, of Crich, limestone-getter, in the employ of the Clay Cross Company, was summoned by Aaron STORER, the foreman, for absenting himself from his work on the 5th instant, without having given the notice required. It appeared that the defendant had again returned to his work and promised to behave better in future. The Bench made in order upon the defendant to pay 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 11 March 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
George BROADHURST, farmer, of Crich, and Thomas BOWMER, quarryman, of the same place, were summoned by Mr Ralph Wheeldon SMITH for trespassing in search of conies, at Crich, on lands belonging to him, but in the occupation of Mr Isaac RAINES. The evidence not being at all satisfactory, the Bench dismissed the case.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 25 March 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
ASSAULT AT CRICH
Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, of Crich, butcher, was summoned by Thomas LEE, a boy in the employ of Mr James LEE, grocer, of Crich, for having assaulted him on the 12 instant. From the boy's evidence which was supported by a witness, it appeared that on the day in question he was employed to mend a fence belonging to his master, in order to prevent his Master's fowls from getting into the defendant’s garden, and was acting as Mr SMITH had suggested, when the defendant on seeing him at work, went up to him and commenced to ill use him. The Bench, in the absence of the defendant, fined him 10s and costs. After the case had been decided, Mr SMITH made his appearance, and applied for a summons for trespass for the complainant and his witness, which the Bench refused to grant.
A DISTURBANCE AT CRICH
Joseph BENNETT, Joseph AMATT, James AMATT, George BOLLINGTON, and Christopher STORER, were severally summoned by Constable CHOLERTON, of Crich, for making an affray in a public street at Crich on the 12 instant. After hearing the officers evidence and his witness the Bench ordered each defendant to enter into is reconnaissance in the sum of £10 to keep the peace for six months.
LICENSES
The license of the Jovial Dutchman Inn, Crich, was, until 27 April next, transferred from Mr John BOOLE to Mr Charles WALKER, of CALOW, Chesterfield.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 1 April 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, butcher, Crich, was summoned by Thomas WALKER, of the same place, with assaulting him at Crich, on Wednesday last. The alleged assault occurred through some dispute in reference to a payment for a cow purchased by complainant and another from defendant. The summons was dismissed, complainant to pay costs.
The Bench were occupied some length of time in parochial matters. [The following appointments for Crich were made: ]Overseers of the Poor – Luke ALSOP and Robert BOAG; Surveyors – Thomas DAWES and William GREATOREX; Parish Constables – Joseph MERCHANT, Thomas RADFORD, and William SHIPSTONE.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 1 April 1870
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
All creditors and others having any claims or demands upon or against the estate of William COCKAIN (sic) , late of Quarndon, farmer and butcher, afterwards of Crich Carr who died on 31 December 1869, and whose Will was proved on 7 March 1870 are on or before 11 April next to send the particulars of such claims or demands to John MARTIN, of Bridge Foot, Belper, Mill, overlooker, and Fanny COCKAIN (sic), of Crich Carr aforesaid, spinster, the executors of the said deceased.
[this is an edited version regarding William COCKAYNE’s death]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 27 May 1870
CRICH
DEATH FROM APOPLEXY
Mr W.H. WHISTON, on Monday, held an inquest at the Greyhound Inn, Crich, on the body of Ann GREGORY. It appeared from the evidence, that the woman had been found on Saturday night by another woman named Mary FANTOM, apparently in a fit. She was unconscious, and her limbs were stiff. Hot water and mustard were administered in the hope of reviving her, but without effect, and the woman died the same evening. The verdict returned was “Died from apoplexy.”

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 27 May 1870
REFRACTORY SERVANT
John FEARN, servant in the employ of Mr William YEOMANS, of the Wakebridge Farm, near Crich, was summoned for having abs absented himself from his work without consent or lawful excuse. Defendant admitted the offence, and was ordered to return to his service, behave better in future, and pay the costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 18 June 1870
STEALING A PAIR OF BOOTS AT CRICH
George MARSHALL, was charged with having, at Crich, on 8 June, stolen a pair of boots, the property of the Rev James Lewis HOLBECK, of Crich. Two months imprisonment, with hard labour.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 June 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Joseph BLAND, of Crich, higgler, an old offender, was summoned by police constable CHOLERTON, of Crich, for allowing two asses, his property, to stray on a highway in Crich. Defendant did not appear. Fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 9 July 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Christopher STORER, of Crich, was summoned by Constable DANIELS for being drunk at Crich on the 19th ult. Case dismissed.
German BARBER, of Crich, labourer, was summoned by Samuel LYNAM, of Crich, gamekeeper to A.F. HURT Esq for trespassing in search of game.
James WOODWARD, of Crich, farmer, was summoned by police constable CHOLERTON for allowing a horse to stray on a highway in Crich. Defendant admitted the charge, and was fined 2s 6d and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 23 July 1870
TRANSFER OF LICENCES
The licence of the Wheat Sheaf, Crich, was transferred to Martha CHEETHAM, the widow of the late occupant.

Derbyshire Courier 6 August 1870
William SEAL, shoemaker, of Fritchley, Crich, for allowing his wife, Priscilla, to become chargeable to the Union, was ordered, in his absence, to pay 3s per week.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 19 August 1870
CRICH
INQUEST
[A report of the inquest of Herbert GODDALL (sic), grocer and draper,. held at Mr Samuel BOWER’s Bull’s Head Inn. This was Herbert GOODALE, buried 16 August 1870, at Crich].

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 24 September 1870
This is to give notice that I, Joseph SIMS, Jun, of Crich Carr, will not be responsible for, or pay any debt contracted by my wife, Sarah Ann SIMS, after this date. Signed Joseph SIMS, Jr, September 22, 1870 .

Derbyshire Courier 8 October 1870
A DISAPPOINTED LOVER’S REVENGE
German BARBER, of Crich, was charged with maliciously damaging the dwelling-house of John CROWDER, of Crich. Complainant has a daughter, who until lately, has kept company with defendant. She got tired of him and told him so, but he persisted in calling upon her at her father’s house. On the last occasion complainant (the father) ordered him off. This is so enraged defendant that he broke all the windows within his reach, the damage being estimated at £1 10s. Defendant was ordered to pay £3 9s. He was unable to do so, and was sent to prison for six weeks.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 15 October 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
DRUNK AT CRICH FAIR
John WOOLLEY, late of Crich, was bought up in custody by police constable CHOLERTON for being drunk and riotous at Crich on Tuesday last. Fined 5s and costs; in default sent to jail for seven days.
STEALING WALNUTS
John GAUNT, of the Saw Mills, Ambergate, was summoned by Mr Robert HAY, of Crich Chase, for damaging a walnut tree on his land by throwing stones thereat. Convicted in a penalty of 2s 6d and costs; in default sent to gaol for seven days.

Derbyshire Courier 15 October 1870
DEATHS
October 2nd, at Crich, Thomas W. HALL, Esq, surgeon, in the 63rd year of his age.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 October 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
KINDNESS REPAID
Samuel HARRISON, a man advancing in ages, lately living at Fritchley, near Crich, and employed out of charity by his brother, Mr William HARRISON, of the hat factory, Crich, in getting potatoes, was bought up in custody on a charge of having stolen half a strike of potatoes from the field in the occupation of his brother. About one o’clock in the morning of Saturday last constables CHOLERTON and DANIELS saw the prisoner leave his house. They watched him, and saw him return in about an hour with a bag on his back containing the stolen potatoes. He at once said he had got them out of his brothers field, and with his permission. The prisoner made the same statement before the Magistrate, but Mr William HARRISON stated that it was totally untrue. Mr STRUTT told a prisoner that it was a very impudent robbery, and he must pay a fine of 2s 6d and costs, or go to gaol for 14 days.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald; 5 November 1870
CRICH ENTERTAINMENT
The committee and members of the Crich reading room, have long desired free library in that place and have determined to make an effort to get one. They solicited the church choir to aid them by giving their services to which they once agreed, and on Monday night, October 31st, the first attempt was made. A select party of the committee gave some very interesting readings and recitations, after which the church choir sang some beautiful glees very credibly under the able leadership of Mr S. PRICE. The committee were well satisfied with the success they met with, and it is intended that these evening entertainments shall continue at intervals through the winter months.

Derbyshire Courier 12 November 1870
AN AFFILIATION CASE
Thomas SPENCER, farmer, Brackenfield, was summoned by Anne SPENCER, Crich, to show cause why he should not contribute towards the maintenance of her two illegitimate children, of which he was the putative father. Defended omitted the paternity of one of the children, but denied that the other. Mr W. BRIGGS, Derby, who appeared for the complainant, produced two letters in defendant’s hand-writing, proving that he was the father of both children. An order was made for 2s a week in each case, and costs. Defendant gave notice of appeal, when the Bench informed him that he had surely plenty of money to throw away.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 18 November 1870
CRICH
FATAL ACCIDENT
On Saturday, a boy, 15 years of age, named William BOLLINGTON, was at work at the limestone quarries, Crich, when he was killed by a fall of rock. An inquest has been held on the body, and a verdict in accordance with the facts returned.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 26 November 1870
CRICH
INQUEST
On Thursday last, Mr WHISTON, coroner, held an inquest at the house of Mr Samuel TAYLOR, Rising Sun Inn, Crich, upon the body of Mr George RODGERS, who died suddenly on the morning of the 9th instant. It appears that the deceased had been at work during the day, and after finishing his day’s work went to a prayer meeting, after which he visited the house of his son-in-law, and being invited to take supper, did so, and then went home apparently in his usual state of health, and told his wife how well he had enjoyed his supper. They retired to rest, but soon to be aroused out of sleep, for suddenly about one o’clock in the morning the inmates were awoke by the deceased making a noise, and by the time a light could be produced he was dead. The jury, after consultation, gave their verdict that deceased had died from disease of the heart.
HIGH WATER IN THE AMBER
Owing to the incessant fall of rain which has taken place and continued for several days, the waters in the river Amber flowing along the Fritchley Valley, near Crich, have greatly been augmented by the several mountain streams, and have caused the water to inundate a considerable portion of the low lands lying between the hills by which it is bounded, everything in its course being threatened with destruction.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 December 1870
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
WILFUL DAMAGE
Henry SMITH, of Crich, a small farmer, was summoned by Mr Thomas JACKSON, innkeeper, Crich, for wilfully breaking a fence on his lands, doing injury to the amount of 1s. Defendant did not appear. On the 15th instant several cowls were straying in complainant’s field, and defendant, instead of bringing them out through the gate, pulled down part of a fence and drove them away. Fined 5s in addition to the damage 1s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 17 December 1870
NIGHT POACHING
Samuel WILMOT, alias Black Sam, of Fritchley, Crich, was charged by William BRUMMITT, gamekeeper to Gladwin TURBUTT, Esq, of Ogston Hall, with having, on the 28th October, been on land at Brackenfield, in the occupation of John PARKER, for the purpose of taking and destroying game. Prisoner being an old offender, was committed for trial at the Derby Assizes.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 10 December 1870
DEATHS
On the 28th ult. at Nottingham, Mr Robert CAWOOD, formerly of Crich, Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 24 December 1870
CRICH
On Monday the 19th instant, another entertainment was given for the benefit of the Reading Room Library. The wet and uncomfortable evening did not prevent the assembling together of a very good audience who listened with evident pleasure to the reading, recitations and music. Mr J. BOWER caused much mirth and gave great satisfaction with his Lancashire readings and the songs and duets of Messrs J. DAWES and BRIDDON who were deservedly loudly applauded. As usual the vicar, the Rev W. CHAWNER, was in the chair.

1871 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 7 January 1871
MARRIAGES.
December 27, at the Parish Church of Heage, by the Rev H.M. MOSSE, Mr John DAWES, of Crich, second son of Mr William DAWES, sub- contractor to Messrs Lucas Bros, Goldalming, Surrey, to Jane youngest daughter of Mr Samuel HAWKINS, malster and farmer, Heage Common.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 28 January 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Samuel CLARKE, of Crich, limestone getter, for absenting himself from his employment under the Clay Cross Company, was ordered to return his work, and pay 5s compensation, and all expenses.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 3 February 1871
DEATHS
On the 18th ult. at Crich Carr, Mr Joseph LEE, aged 64.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 10 February 1871
MARRIAGES
On the 31st ult. at the Parish Church, South Wingfield, by the Rev W.F. CHRISTIAN, Isaac, son of Mr Paul STORER, to Mary, daughter of Mr W. CURZON, of Crich.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 11 March 1871
UNION PROSECUTIONS
William HAYES, the younger, of Crich, labourer, was also similarly charged. Mr J. PYM proved that defendant’s father and mother were in the receipt of relief and that defendant was earning 3s 4d a day, and had only one child to provide for. The Bench made an order of 1s 6d weekly and costs.

Derby Mercury 19 April 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
William FLETCHER, Crich, charged with being drunk and riotous, was fined 10s and costs, or twenty-one days imprisonment.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 22 April 1871
MARRIAGES
On the 9th instant, at the Parish Church, Clowne, by the Rev C.L. HELPS, vicar, Mr Charles HARRISON, miner, widower, to Mrs Martha CHEETHAM, widow, both of Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 April 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
George SELLORS, of Crich, was summoned by John HOLMES, of the same place, for having assaulted him on the 14th instant. The case was allowed to be settled.
TRANSFERS
The Wheat Sheaf, Crich, from Martha CHEETHAM to Charles HARRISON.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 20 May 1871
A SON STRIKING HIS MOTHER
Henry STORER, a boatman, of Crich was charged by his mother, Elizabeth STORER, with assaulting her on Saturday week at Crich. Prisoner had gone home in a state of intoxication and asked his mother to attend to him. Not being obeyed instantly, he struck her a severe blow in the face with his fist. The mother begged the magistrates to be lenient, when they said that they had intended sentencing her son to prison, but under the circumstances they would give him the option of paying a fine of 5s and 10s 6d costs. As the money was not paid, the prisoner was sent to gaol for 21 days.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 27 May 1871
ALFRETON PETTY SESSIONS
Joseph FIDLER, smith, of Crich, with being drunk at Wingfield on the 7th instant. Fined 5s and 10s 6d costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 June 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
UNION CASE
John ADAMS, a native of Fritchley, but residing at Crich, was bought up in custody, having been apprehended by the Sheffield police, charged with neglecting to maintain his wife and four children living at Crich, who had become chargeable to the Union. Mr Joseph PYM, the Assistant-Clerk, appeared for the authorities, and prove that in December last year and April in the present year the wife and family had, in consequence of the prisoners a desertion, been chargeable to the Union, at a total cost of £2 9s 0d . Prisoner stated that he had sent his wife money. In consequence of not been able to repay the relief and all expenses, the Bench committed him to Gaol for one month, with hard labour.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 June 1871
[In this edition there was notice of an auction to be held at the Swan Inn which named several properties and who were its occupants as follows…]
Lot 1: top of Bull Bridge Hill, occupied by Mr LEE.
Lot 2: bottom of Crich Common called the Bage, occupied by Mr LEE.
Lot 3: two cottages upon Lot 2, occupied by Mrs POYSER and John CHELL.
Lot 4: on Crich Common, occupied by Mr HOWITT.
Lot 5: on Crich Common, late occupation of Mr MARJERRISON; has a never-failing supply of excellent water.
Lot 6: four cottages adjoining Lot 5, occupied by David WILKINSON and others; well supplied with water.
Lot 7: land adjoining Lot 6, adapted for building purposes in the occupation of Mr LEE.
Lot 8: Dimple House family residence with other amenities and buildings in the occupation of Mr LEE.
Lot 9: two houses and shops, centre of town, occupied by Mr HALL, auctioneer, and Messrs E KIRK & Co.
Lot 10: a parcel of grassland, suitable for building.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 10 June 1871
MATLOCK BATH
Some interest was caused on Tuesday last, by a wedding from Hodgkinson’s hotel. The bride was Mrs Sarah GRUNDY, only child of the late Anthony GRUNDY, Esq, Crich Carr, Whatstandwell Bridge; the bridegroom being Mr Thomas MAYFIELD, builder and contractor, Bilsdon, Leicestershire.
[A full report followed]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 16 June 1871
Henry BLACKWELL, of Crich, was summoned by Thomas RADFORD, of the same place, for being drunk and riotous, at Crich, on 29 May. A second summons was also going to for an alleged assault on the same day. Neither of the cases was proved, and they were accordingly dismissed.
George POYSER, labourer, of Crich, who did not appear, was summoned for being drunk and riotous, at Crich, on the 29th ult. Fined 5s and costs. The case was proved on the evidence of Mr Isaac BOWMER, of Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 23 June 1871
CRICH
An accident which terminated fatally, occurred on Friday last, to a boy named William WIGLEY, son of Joseph WIGLEY, Crich. It appears that the deceased was employed on the new line of railway now being constructed from Ambergate to Codnor Park, and who, having left work, was returning home, when, with some other boys, he got up on a wagon to ride a portion of the way, when through some cause he fell off, and was instantly killed. An inquest was held over his body on Saturday, when the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.” His remains were interred in Crich churchyard on Sunday afternoon, in the presence of a large concourse of persons. The deceased being a scholar in the Baptist Sunday School, the teachers and scholars paid a last tribute of respect by following him to his grave. The funeral rites were performed by the Rev T. JOHNSON, curate, who having concluded the service for the dead, delivered a very appropriate and faithful address, particularly ad admonishing teachers to earnestness in the discharge of their duties, and upon all the necessity and importance of being prepared for death in whatever form it may come. A suitable hymn was then sung by those assembled, many of whom were deeply affected, and who appeared to realise greatly the solemnity of the occasion.

Derbyshire Courier 1 July 1871
DEATHS
June 23, at Crich, Benjamin VALLANCE, aged four years.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 7 July 1871
CRICH
RESTORATION OF THE CROSS
For some years the Old Cross has been in a ruinous state, and was taken down three weeks ago to be re-erected by public subscription, after a new design. Nothing was found in the remains to gain any idea as to how many years it had been built. It is supposed to have been erected as a beacon to guide the weary travellers across the wilds in days of yore, when no other building or human habitation was to be seen around. The work was undertaken by Mr J PETTS, of Fritchley, and on Tuesday se’nnight he succeeded in completing the restoration. It has a square base, which is reached on either side by three steps. In the centre of this base, is a receptacle in which is placed a bottle, containing an article on the supposed age of the parish church, and a poem by J.W. LEE on the restoration. Coins of the realm of current silver and copper. On this a huge block of stone is placed, on which the massive column stands, nine feet six inches high. On the side of the column is a heart in bas-relief, with the words, “Restored 1871.” On the top of the column is a beautiful design of the cross on one side, and Michael the Archangel with his sword through the Dragons neck on the other. It stands 17 feet high from the ground, and is a splendid piece of workmanship, which reflects equal credit on the good taste of the architect out of the skill of Mr PETTS.

Derby Mercury 12 July 1871
George Henry STORER, Crich, was charged by Vincent STEWART, Ripley, with assaulting him at Crich, on the 24th June. William RADFORD, Crich, was also charged by the complainant with assaulting him on the same occasion. Complainant’s evidence was to the effect that the defendants attacked him, struck him, and knocked him down, injuring him so much that he was unable to do any work for three days. The first of the defendants was discharged, as he had been asked by complainant to fight him. The second was fined 1s and 18s 6d costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 22 July 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John STORER, of Fritchley, stone-mason, was summoned by Mary Ann POYSER, also living at Fritchley, for having assaulted her by throwing stones at her on her way home from Ripley, on the 8th instant. Complainant was corroborated in her evidence, and the Bench imposed a fine of 10s and costs, in default of payment 14 days in gaol.
George BROADHURST, of Coddington, Crich, farmer's son, and James BOWMER, of Crich, quarryman, were charged by superintendent LYTLE with making an affray in the Town-street, at Crich, on 10 July. Both defendants were at the Bull’s Head Inn, when they adjourned into the road and had a “set to,” and a large crowd assembled. They were ordered to enter into their own reconnaissances to keep the peace towards each other for a year. BOWMER was also charged with being drunk at Crich, on the same date, and fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 4 August 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
William HAYES, of Crich, was summoned for the non-payment of £2 due under an order for the maintenance of his father and mother. Mr Joseph PYM proved the chargeability, and that defendant had totally disregarded the order, not having paid anything. The Bench ordered him to be committed to gaol for two months.

Derby Mercury 9 August 1871
AMBERGATE
An inquest was held on Monday before Mr SALE, deputy coroner, at Ambergate, touching upon the death of John CURZON, shoemaker, Crich. Deceased was found dead on the turnpike-road at Ambergate on Saturday night at seven o’clock, by James DAVIS, framework-knitter, of Crich. He was 68 years of age, and left Crich with DAVIS, for Belper, but at length out-distanced him. When DAVIS got near the railway bridge at Ambergate he found deceased as stated. Deceased’s son, upon being examined, said his father had complained since Spring of a pain in his chest. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 19 August 1871
NOTES ON THE CRICH FLORAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SHOW
[There was a very long report of show names a great many of the parish. It makes an interesting read. Only the final paragraph included here: –]
I only heard one regret expressed and that was the lack of innocent amusement for the young people. I cannot see the impropriety of getting up a country dance or two for instance, or the many innocent games in which youths get their manners smoothed down and a certain awkward rusticity rubbed off by contact with the more refined sex. No amount of clerical supervision will prevent young people of the opposite sexes from getting together, nor is it desirable that it should. I apprehend less evil from a decorous mingling together of the two sexes than that fast youths should emulate each other in a slangy, unhealthy course, without the check which female society ought to exercise over the manners of the rougher and more unpolished sex.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 25 August 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
FAMILY QUARREL
James WRAGG, of Crich, a limestone quarryman, was brought up in custody on a charge preferred by his wife of having used violent and threatening language to her, whereby she was afraid he would do her some grievous bodily injury. The wife having been sworn, deposed to the threats used and her fear that her husband, the defendant, would do her some injury. The Justices ordered him to be bound, himself in £10, and one surety in the same amount, to keep the peace for one year. The surety being forthcoming, defendant was discharged.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 September 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John WILMOT, a native of Duffield, and Samuel WILMOT, alias Black Sam, of Fritchley, both most notorious poachers, were summoned by Mr superintendent LYTLE, charged with having been found on a highway in the parish of Crich by acting sergeant CHOLERTON and Constable HANCOCK, and having in their possession seven rabbits unlawfully obtained. Both defendants appeared… after a very patient hearing the Bench convicted both defendants, and fined them the full penalty of £5 and costs, in default of payment to go to Derby Gaol for three calendar months with hard labour. Black Sam wanted to pay three pounds down, and to give the security as he termed it for the remainder. Both were locked up.
THROWING A WALL DOWN
Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, farmer and butcher, of Crich, was summoned by Mrs WILLIAMS, of Crich for throwing a fence wall down, at Crich, on the 13th instant, on land belonging to her husband, doing injury to the amount of 15s. Mr J. WHEATCROFT (from the office of Mr GREAVES, solicitor, Belper) appeared for the defendant and the question of title having arisen, the case was not proceeded with.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 6 October 1871
MARRIAGES
On the 26th alt., at the parish church, Crich, by the Rev T.G. JOHNSON, William P. FISHER, of Thorpe Satcheville, Leicestershire, to Mary Jane, only child of Luke ALSOP, Esq, Cliff House, Crich.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 21 October 1871
DEATHS
At his residence, Crich, October 7, aged 70 years, Joseph MAGERRISON, slater, Crich, Derbyshire, and Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire. Highly respected by a large circle of friends.

Derby Mercury 1 November 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, Crich, was charged by Henry BLACKWELL, stone getter, Crich, with assaulting him. Fined 40s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 11 November 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
INCORRECT SCALES
Thomas WHITEMAN, grocer, Crich was charged with having in his possession on the 21st ult. a pair of scales which were seven drachms against the purchaser, Fined £1 and costs.
John TAYLOR, butcher, Crich, was charged with a similar offence, and fined 10s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 25th of November 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
NEGLECT OF FAMILY
James ADAMS, who had been apprehended by the orders of Mr JACKSON, the Chief Constable of Sheffield, was bought up in custody charged with running away and leaving his four children chargeable to the Belper Union. Mr Joseph PYM, assistant-clerk, appeared for the Union authorities, and proved that on the previous Wednesday prisoners for children, who were then living at Crich, having been by him totally neglected,, were admitted into the Workhouse, at Belper. Mr PYM also proved that on the 18th September last he was discharged from gaol, having suffered two months for a like offence, and that previous to that he had also been imprisoned for one month. The prosecutor also added that every leniency had been shown to the prisoner, but it was of no avail. The magistrates committed him to Derby for six weeks.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 December 1871
UNION CASES
Thomas WETTON, of Derby, Albert, John, and Samuel WETTON, of Crich, were summoned by the order of the Guardians of the Belper Union, to show cause why they should not be compelled to contribute towards the relief granted to their aged mother, Ann WETTON, aged 72 years, who resided at Crich, and was in the receipt of relief from the Belper Union. Mr Joseph PYM, the assistant clerk, appeared for the authorities, and proved the chargeability of the pauper, as also the position of each defendant. The Bench dismissed the summons against Thomas, Albert, and John, and made an order upon Samuel WETTON to 1s weekly.

Derby Mercury 13 December 1871
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John BOLLINGTON, and John RUTLAND, Crich, were charged by Mr HALL, auctioneer, Crich, with stealing a notice-board. There being no evidence of felonious intent, the case was dismissed.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 30 December 1871
DEATHS
On the 12th instant, at Crich, Ursula Ada Elizabeth, daughter of Mr James MASSEY, aged 11 months.
On the 23rd instant, at Crich Carr, Hannah PEACH, aged 78.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 30 December 1871
MARRIAGES
On the 24th instant at the Parish Church, Crich, by the Rev J.G. JOHNSON, curate, Mr John BLACKHAM to Miss Lydia DRING, both of Crich.
On the 25th instant, at the Parish Church, Crich, by the Rev J.G. JOHNSON, curate, Mr Caleb GRATTON, Bolehill, Wirksworth, to Miss Matilda CURZON, of Crich.

1872 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 20 January 1872
CRICH CARR
REOPENING OF THE UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH
The reopening services of this place of worship were commenced last Sunday, when sermons were preached by the Rev T.M. BOOTH, of Burton on Trent, afternoon and evening, two large congregations. This chapel has undergone an enlargement of about one third its former size, a portion of the interior has been re-pewed, and a Gothic entrance has been added. The interior of the chapel now presents an exceedingly neat and comfortable appearance. John SMEDLEY Esq, Riber Castle okay darling, has given new windows, a large portion of the roof, and a new stove and fittings. The cost of the alterations is to be paid for by voluntary subscriptions and collections, a handsome sum having been already obtained. The services are to be continued next Sunday by Mr J.W.NUTTALL, of Ripley in the afternoon, and Rev A.B.MATTHEWS, circuit minister, in the evening. On the following day a public team meeting will be held on behalf of the same object.

Derby Mercury 31st of January 1872
MARRIAGES
January 22, at the parish church, by the Rev W. CHAWNER, vicar, Mr John Robert HYDES, to Mrs Kezia WILSON, both of Crich.

Derby Mercury 28 February 1872
MARRIAGES
February 11, at the parish church, Crich, by the Rev T.G. JOHNSON, curate, Mr George PRIESTLEY, to Harriet SWIFT, of Plaistow Green, near Crich.
February 12, at the parish church, Crich, by the Rev T.G. JOHNSON, curate, Mr James BOWMER, to Miss Mary Ann BROOKS, both of Crich.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 20 March 1872
CRICH
SUDDEN DEATH OF MR ABRAHAM WHEATCROFT
On Wednesday night, the 6th instant, Mr A. WHEATCROFT, master boat maker, Bull Bridge, retired to rest in his usual health and shortly after he expired suddenly. An inquest was held the next day, before Mr WHISTON, coroner and a highly respectable jury, and after hearing the evidence of his wife and Miss PALETHORP, the jury returned a verdict of “Died by the visitation of God.” The funeral took place last Sunday. The deceased was followed to his last resting place by his widow and two daughters, and his son-in-law, also by a body of the Oddfellows Club of which he was a member; and the scholars of the Crich Wesleyan Sunday School, of which he had been a faithful teacher and superintendent for 30 years. He was also a good supporter of the chapel. His loss will be very much felt. The service was impressively read by the vicar of Crich. A very suitable address was read by the Secretary of the Oddfellows Lodge. In reference to this sad event a correspondent sent in the following:
IN MEMORIAM
The memory of an upright, unassuming man is one to be cherished with feelings of the most profound respect and veneration. Such a man was the late Abraham WHEATCROFT, of Bull Bridge, who for nearly half a century had been consistent member of the Wesleyan Society, never wavering in his attachment to the church of his early choice, but in weal or woe, in the days of its prosperity or when the clouds of adversity might temporarily obscure its sky, he was ever at his post,
Onward ever–wavering never.
He was 50 years connected with the Wesleyan Sunday School at Crich, for 20 years of which lengthened period he was its most respected Superintendent. The teachers and elder scholars of the school followed his remains to their last resting place in Crich Churchyard on the 19th instant, their grave and sorrowful countenances betokening their loss of a dear friend and counsellor.
Beside that open grave was seen, the quivering lip, the tear bedewed eye, the moistened cheek, the falling drops, that spoke a language eloquent beyond a burst of words, telling a tale of loss, the tearing down of a tangible friendship and the hiding of its spiritualised essence deep down in the heart, a living reality replaced by a memory, and that a memory of goodness, a loving memory, a memory beloved, a memory of self-sacrifice, and abnegation for the good of all, a memory of loss irreparable to all but one, and to him eternal gain, for Servant of Christ, well done!

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 6 April 1872
CRICH CHURCH – THE TING TANG BELL
I send you the following extract, which I have recently culled from the “Additional Manuscripts” in the British Museum.
“The old custom at Crich church of ringing the sermon bell after chiming all the bells, was discussed in 1709, and the method of ringing the sermon bell first, then chiming all the bells, and lastly ringing the small bell called the Ting-Tang (which last had been dumb, viz, had no clapper in it for 70 years) was introduced, at the time were John WALKER, vicar; Joseph GODDARD, curate; David WOODHOUSE and George BACON Jr, churchwardens. The inside of the church was white-washed at the same time (1709). The last time it was done was in 1773.”
H.F.C.
[TheTing-Tang Bell is still to be seen in the Crich belfry, and there can be little doubt that it is the old Sanctus bell, removed from the bell cot on the east gable of the nave.Vite “Notes on Crich Church.” ED]

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 6 April 1872
UNION PROSECUTION
Abraham DAWES, of Crich, framework knitter, was summoned by Mr Joseph PYM, the assistant clerk, acting under the authority of the guardians, for having neglected to maintain his wife and child whereby they became chargeable to the union. Mr W. BRIGGS, solicitor, Derby, appeared for the defendant. Mr PYM proved that the defendant’s wife and child, the former being ill, were living with her parents at Wingfield Park, and in consequence of the husband having neglected to provide for them, the guardians had given beef and wine, and ordered another relief. Mr BRIGGS, in defence, urged that the wife had left her husband at her own request, and that there was a good home for her, and if she would return the husband was willing to provide for her. A witness was called who confirmed Mr BRIGGS statement. The Bench did not consider the charge proved, and dismissed the summons. Mr PYM intimated that proceedings would issue under another Act of Parliament.

Derby Mercury 10 April 1872
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Robert MARSHALL, of Crich, was fined £2 for having an incorrect set of steel yards.

Derby Mercury 24 April 1872
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Samuel LEAM, of Fritchley, was summoned by Henry BESTWICK, of Crich, for having broken four panes of glass in BESTWICK’s house window, thereby doing damage to the amount of 8s. The parties are related. The offence was admitted, and defendant was ordered to pay £1 5s 6d , including damages, penalty, and costs. A further charge of using threatening language was withdrawn.

Derbyshire Courier 11 May 1872
DEATHS
May 1, at Cliff-side, Crich, Mr William BUNTING, aged 52 years.
On Monday, May 6, at Crich, Mr Robert LEE, aged 84 years.

Derby Mercury 5 June 1872
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John ROE, Crich, was charged by John HARDSTONE, same place, with assaulting him. Fined 1s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 22 June 1872
MARRIAGES
June 10, at the Parish Church, Crich, by the Rev T.G. JOHNSON, curate, Mr Charles HARRISON to Miss Elizabeth BARNES, both of Crich .

Derby Mercury 17 July 1872
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
William HAYES, labourer, Crich, for having assaulted Joseph BLAND, higgler, of Crich, on the 6th instant, was fined £1 and costs.
Isaac HARDSTONE, Richard HAMBLETON, George BOWMER, and Joseph CURZON, all residing in the parish of Crich, were summoned by Mr WHISKIN, of Belper, supervisor of excise, for severally keeping dogs, not having the necessary licence. HAMBLETON was fined 32s, including costs; and each of the other defendants 25s.

Derby Mercury 31 July 1872
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John WILMOT, of Crich, labourer, was summoned by Samuel WILMOT, of Fritchley, known as “Black Sam,” for having violently assaulted him on 13 July. Defendant was fined £1 and costs, or one month in Derby gaol.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 3 August 1872
CRICH
GRAND BALLOON & PYROTECHNIC FETE

Crich Fete 1872

Derbyshire Courier 10 August 1872
CRICH
SERIOUS ACCIDENT
At noon, on Tuesday last, a child about four years old was run over at Crich, by a spring cart, whilst daringly crossing the street with several others, and was very seriously injured about the body and head. The child’s name is John HINTON, son of Mr John HINTON, framework knitter, Crich.

Derby Mercury, 21 August 1872,
DEATHS
August 10, at Crich, Mr William VALLANCE, aged 27.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 24 August 1872
THE WEATHERCOCK AT CRICH
From the same source (the Woolly MSS) from which I once before sent you a jotting respecting the “Ting-Tang” bell at Crich, I now send you a few lines about the weathercock: –
“The weathercock upon Crich Church Spire was bought of one Birds of Mansfield in the year 1692, by John BEARDALE, sen, and Thomas BOOMER, churchwardens. It cost 28 shillings and 12 shillings and gilding, so that it lay the parish in 40 shillings. A.D.1769, This weathercock was taken down and freshly gilt by David WOODHOUSE and George BACON, jun churchwardens. The Steeple and Spire were also pointed at the same time.”
H.F.C.

Derbyshire Courier 31 August 1872
MARRIAGES
August 26, at Christ Church, by the Rev JOHNSON, curate, Mr Joseph CURZON, of Crich, to Miss Alice CROOKS, of Holloway.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 8 June 1872
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John ROWE, limestone getter, of Crich, was summoned by John HARDSTONE, of Crich, for having assaulted him, at Crich, on 23 May. The affair arose out of a quarrel at the Jovial Dutchman Inn. The evidence was somewhat conflicting. Fined £1 2s 0d including costs.

Derby Mercury 3 July 1872
MARRIAGES
June 23, at the parish church, Crich, by the vicar, the Rev W. CHAWNER, M.A., Thomas GELSTHORPE, Morton Manor, Newark, to Ann, only child of George HILL, Wheatcroft.

Derbyshire Courier 27 July 1872
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John WILMOT was charged by Joseph WILMOT with assaulting him at Fritchley, Crich defendant who had kicked and struck complainant several times, was fined 29s and costs.
CRICH CARR
PRIMITIVE METHODIST SABBATH SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY
[there followed a report on this anniversary]

Derby Mercury 4 September 1872
MARRIAGES
August 26, at Crich Church, by the Rev JOHNSON, curate, Mr Joseph CURZON, of Crich, to Miss Alice, third daughter of Mr Samuel CROOKS, of Holloway.

Derbyshire Courier 7 September 1872
BELPER BOARD OF GUARDIANS
In accordance with the previously given notice, Mr BOWER moved “that John DAWES, nephew of the resigning officer for Crich, the elected at a salary of £30”. Mr BOWER stated that the applicant had acted as deputy to the ex-officer, and from what he could ascertain the books had been kept in an eminently satisfactory and creditable manner.

Derbyshire Courier 14 September 1872
CRICH
UNITED METHODIST CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY
[a report followed of this anniversary at Crich Carr]
CRICH BAPTIST CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY
[a report followed of this anniversary at Crich]

Derbyshire Courier 19 October 1872
CRICH
On Friday night last a man named OLLERENSHAW, who lives at Crich, went home from the fair in a state of intoxication and after the usual drunken preliminaries he settled down to sleep on the hearth, where he was left to himself; but early in the morning he became sufficiently conscious come to the conclusion that bed was the best place, and at once set about getting into it; but unfortunately he forgot that the bed was upstairs, so commence the operation of undressing himself on the hearthstone, and for want of a more convenient place to put his clothes, he threw them on the fire. Some men who happened to be passing at the time, noticed a great light in the house, tried the door, which was fortunately not fastened, so they went in and interrupted the drunken performance, or the consequences might have been serious.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 23 October 1872
FATAL RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT
William THORPE, son of a framework knitter, of Crich, a lad about 14 years of age, was on the 28th September last admitted into the Derby Infirmary, suffering from a severe injury to his left arm, which ultimately had to be amputated. He lingered until a day or two ago when he died. Deceased was an apprentice to Thomas CLARKE, miller, Alfreton, and on the date above named got his arm nearly fully crushed between two cog wheels of the machine at which he was working. An inquest has been held when the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 2 November 1872
MARRIAGES
October 30, at the Independent Chapel, Belper, by the Rev W. KNOWLES, Mr George BUSH, of Crich, to Fanny GOODE, of Wisbech.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 7 December 1872
DEATHS
November 27, at Crich Carr, Mr Francis CHADWICK.

1873 newspapers

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 4 January 1873
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Emanuel SLATER, of Fritchley, in the employ of the Butterly Company, was summoned by Joseph ROE, the foreman of their Limestone quarries at Crich, for having absented himself from his work on the 14th, 17th, and 23rd December, and 8s as compensation was claimed. Mr ROE proved the absenting from work. Defendant said he had regularly left when he liked, on this the prosecutor said the rules of the Company were a months notice on either side I handed in to the bench paper signed by defendant dated the 24th December, giving a months notice to leave his work. The Bench at once ordered the defendant to pay 8s and costs, and allowed 7 days to pay the money in.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 11 January 1873
THE GREAT STORM IN DERBYSHIRE
At Crich the storm was also of a terrific character, the lightning being unusually vivid, while the thunder was awfully loud. Great alarm was experienced amongst the inhabitants of the village. In a cow house belonging to Mr BURTON, farmer, Crich, the water had got to such a depth has to reach the shoulders of the cattle, and it was with difficulty the sewers were opened to allow it to run away.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 1 February 1873
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
James BATES, farmer, Crich, for being drunk and incapable of taking care of a horse and cart of which he was in charge, at Belper was fined 20s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 1 March 1873
Mr W M.F.HALL, has received instructions from Mr D TOWNDROW, Coddington Farm, Crich, (who is declining farming) to sell by auction on Tuesday, the 11th day of March, 1873; the whole of his live farming stock, carriages, implements, &c. For particulars see catalogues, which may be had at the place of sale, the Bull’s Head Inn, Whatstandwell; or from the auctioneer, the Mount, Crich.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 22 March 1873
DEATHS
March 10, at her residence, the Yews, Crich, Miss Hannah BOWMER, aged 65.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 29 March 1873
CRICH
The following short extracts I have recently taken from the WOOLLY M.S.S., in the British Museum for the benefit of the readers of Local Notes and Queries.
“The almshouses at Crich were built by the parish in the year 1734. The meeting at Crich on Lady-day, commonly called Lady-day fair, was first begun in 1738.”

Derby Mercury: 2 April 1873
APPOINTMENT OF OVERSEERS AND SURVEYORS – The following is a list of persons appointed as Overseers of the Poor and Surveyors of Highways in the Belper Petty Sessional Division – Overseers: Crich, Luke ALSOP and Robert BOAG – Surveyors: Crich, Thomas DAWES and Aaron STORER.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 5 April 1873
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Two young men, named Thomas STORER and John RUTLAND, were charged by Thomas BOWMER, all residing at Crich, with assaulting him. Complainant, whose face appeared to have been severely bruised, was at the Jovial Dutchman, Crich, on Saturday night. When he left he was severely beaten and kicked by defendants. STORER, who said the complainant first kicked him, was fined 10s, and RUTLAND £1 and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 12 April 1873
I beg to contribute the following somewhat meagre memoranda to the lore connected with “Parish Clerks and Sextons”, having regard to the clerk and sextonship of Crich parish, which is certainly been in the family of the WETTONS for upwards of 200 years, as appears by the wording of the request made in the year 1639, and which was to be paid to the John WETTON of that time, then parish clerk. The present clerk (a lineal descendant) is likewise John WETTON.
There is a gravestone in the churchyard:
In Memory of George Strelly WETTON, parish Clerk nearly 40 years (who) Departed this life January 4, 1831, Aged 69 years.
This was the grandfather of the present clerk and his father or the present clerk’s great grand-father died at a very advanced age, and I believe held the clerkship for a correspondingly long period. It seems however that the earlier family’s, genealogical records have become obliterated or lost, so that it is impossible to lay a hand upon first clerk of the name from whom the office is descended in lineal if not apostolical succession.
It is not an every-day circumstance for the clerkship of a country parish to descend uninterrupted through so many generations, and with more voluminous data and interesting record might have been drawn up
W.H.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 17 May 1873
MELANCHOLY CASE OF DROWNING
On Saturday an inquest was held at the White Heart, he, before W. SALE, Esq, coroner, on the body of Thomas WARD, framework knitter, of Fritchley, Crich.
[there followed a report of the accidental drowning in Cromford Canal]

Derby Mercury 2 July 1873
DEATHS
June 25, at Crich, Michael JESSOP, Esq, solicitor, aged 64.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 5 July 1873
We regretted to record in our obituary last week the death of an amiable and kindly gentleman whose face was familiar to many of our readers, and who was widely respected. We refer to the late Michael JESSOP Esq, of Crich, solicitor.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 23 August 1873
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
John BOWMER, of Crich, stonemason, pleaded guilty to have been drunk and riotous at Bull Bridge, on the 18th instant. Fined 10s 6d and costs.
Henry YOUNG, of Crich, plumber and a glazier, for having been drunk and riotous at Crich, on the 15th instant, and having been previously convicted, was fined 10s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 11 October 1873
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Thomas COLEMAN, Crich, was charged by Aaron STORER, Crich, with absenting himself from the services of the Clay Cross Company. To pay 5s compensation and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 26 November 1873
PRACTICAL JOKING NEAR CRICH
A FREAK OF NATURE – OR ART

Crich Practical Joke of 1873

Derbyshire Courier 29 November 1873
The following request for help in identifying the vicar was printed


Vicarrs frewell oration of 1873

[Note: It is unknown whether anyone responded to this request but it was the Revd Thomas CORNTHWAITE vicar (1801–1835) who was rather eccentric. In A.B. DONE’s book of 1912 he recorded the following account “... he took a pair of shoes to be soled, and on going to fetch them, which he did himself, some few doors from his own residence, asked how much the charge was. He then sat and mused for some time, turned the shoes over, and sadly exclaimed – “Well, Piggin, thou art cleverer than I; thou hast made two new soles for one and ten pence, and I have been Vicar of this parish over forty years, and have neither made or mended a soul yet.” ]

1874 newspapers

Derby Mercury 7 January 1874
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
The Wheatsheaf, Crich was transferred to Mrs HARRISON, widow of the late occupant.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 24 January 1874
Thomas BOWMER and Samuel WILMOT were charged by Jonathan HODGKINSON with having on the 5th instant, trespassed in search of game at Crich. BOWMER was discharged. WILMOT was fined 20s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 28 February 1874
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Joseph WRIGHT, of Crich, was charged by Mr LAWSON, inspector of weights and measures, with having in his possession, on the 7th instant, an incorrect coal scale. Fined 10s and costs.
George MERCHANTS, coal higgler, of Crich, had a similar charge preferred against him by the inspector. The wife of the defendant said that he had been a cripple for sixteen years, and the Bench merely ordered payment of the costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 4 April 1874
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Transfer of license
The license of the Dutchman Inn, Crich, from Charles WALKER to –DAWES

Derby Mercury 15 July 1874
BELPER PETTY SESSIONS
Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, farmer, Crich, was charged with assaulting James LEE, of Crich, on the 26 ult. Complainant, who is churchwarden of Crich said that defendant shook him fearfully, heard him very much by trampling on his toes, and told him he had robbed the church. Defendant said that complainant called him a rogue, thief, perjurer, and forger, and kicked him on the leg, bruising it very much. Fined 20s and 21s costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 29 August 1874
DEATHS
August 24, at his residence, Crich, Mr J WALKER, aged 65.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 1 August 1874
ESTATE OF THE LATE JOSEPH HOWITT OF CRICH
John LEE, of Wheatcroft, in the county of Derby, having used my name without my consent, and inter-meddled in matters relating to the above estate, I hereby give notice that the said John LEE is not authorised by me to use my name or in any way to act on my behalf.
Signed Rueben HOWITT.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 29 August 1874
Our obituary contains the record of the death of Mr John WALKER, of Crich, the late representative of one generation of a human family long settled there. Deceased who was highly respected was a martyr to sciatic rheumatism, and though he did not attain to extreme old age his death is the severance of another link binding the present with the past in his native village. He was interred in the ancestral burial place of the family at Crich church on Monday last.

Derbyshire Courier 26 September 1874
MARRIAGES
On the 17th instant, by licence, at the Parish Church, Crich, by the Rev J.K. MELLIS, of Cardiff, assisted by the Rev T.C. BRADBERRY, curate, J.McKAY, of Chesterfield, to Emmeline, daughter of the late John Walker SAXTON, Esq, of Crich.

Derby Mercury 14 October 1874
Joseph WOOLLEY, of Crich Carr, was charged with leaving the service of the Clay Cross Company, at Crich. He admitted the charge, and was ordered to pay £2 1s 6d, including 25s compensation.

Derby Mercury 21 October 1874
DEATHS
October 16, at the Grove, Crich, Mr John Walker LEE, aged 46.

Derby Mercury 21 October 1874
CRICH
The obituary of this day contains the announcement of the death of Mr John Walker LEE, of the above village, a gentleman well and widely known and greatly respected. He was commercial traveller for the last 20 years for the Messrs Worthington and sons, of Burton on Trent, the noted brewers and spirit merchants, and the gentlemanly and kind way he manage their business made him many friends. He possessed also a very poetical turn of mind, and several of his poems have been already published including the “Village Feast”, &c. And we hear, on good authority that Mr KEENE, the publisher, of this town, was engaged printing another book of poems by the deceased gentleman, which will soon be issued, and no doubt will be eagerly purchased by his numerous admirers, as a small but sad memento of their dear departed friend. He also was a member of the Derwent Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and it was at first contemplated by a few of his Masonic brothers to have followed their deceased brother to the grave attired in full Masonic costume, wearing the jewels of their respective offices, for the time being so short to the funeral it had to be abandoned, much to the regret of his bretheren. He was interred on Saturday afternoon in the ancient churchyard of Crich, where three generations of the deceased lie interred, and as our friend was very fond of poetry the beautiful lines of Gray in his elegy seemed to strike us very forcibly who were present at the funeral –
Beneath these rugged elms, that yew-trees shade,
Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

Much sympathy was shown by the village on the cortege passing through the churchyard, the bells ringing a solemn muffled peal. He leaves a wife and one child to weep and mourn over the loss of a dear and kind husband and a noble-hearted father, whose motto through life was the golden one of doing unto others as you would wish them to do unto you.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 21 November 1874
Notice is hereby given, that all creditors and other persons having any claims or demands against the Estate of Michael JESSOP, late of Crich, in the county of Derby, gentlemen, (who died on the 25th day of June, 1873, and whose will was proved on the sixth day of January, 1874, by Samuel LEECH, one of the executors therein named). Are required on all before the first day of December next to send in particulars of such claims and demands to the said Samuel LEECH …

Derby Mercury 30 December 1874
The Christmas of 1874 will be remembered by the poor of Heage, not only for the inclemency of the season, but also for the seasonable liberality of one of their former parishioners. Mr Isaac BOWMER, of Crich, mindful of his old neighbours, purchased a fat ox, and on Christmas Eve distributed its flesh amongst the poor families of Heage, with special consideration for the old and infirm. We commend such timely munificence to the example of those who desire to render an acknowledgement to the Author of all their mercies.