News Snippets between 1895 and 1899

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers between 1895 and 1899.

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; plus omissions are possible owing to human error.


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.

Note that the guinea (£1.1s) and half guinea (10s.6d.) were in common usage as the court fines testify.
£1 in 1890 would be worth about £80 in 2021. The newspapers usually recorded the pound sign with "l" not £ as transcribed.

During this period the dominant and frequent Crich reports were about the parish conflict with its vicar, Rev William ACRAMAN, and the extreme drunkedness of many of the Crich inhabitants. Crich became known as "Gotham City" More about Rev William ACRAMAN can be found elsewhere on the site.
Rev William Acraman.

Also obvious is the very hazardous nature of quarry work.

Some of the transcriptions have had minor edits.

In 1895 there were several reports about the changes between Dethick, Lea and Holloway’s boundary and that of Crich. The issue was the improvement necessary to Eliza’s Hill, which has a gradient of one in nine and which formed the boundary between the two parishes –it was at that time Crich Parish’s responsibility. Crich defaulted on the repairs and about 270 acres and several properties were transferred from Crich to Dethick, Lea and Holloway as a result. The original huge boundary stone on Bracken Lane remains”misplaced” to this day.

Adverts and articles on Crich spars were common, often mention in conjunction with Blue John.

Much was reported about the Brackenfield Murder which has been recorded elsewhere on this site:

1895 newspapers

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 11 January 1895
Vaughan TAYLOR, farmer, of Crich, Sue William HYDE, farmer, of Crich, for £3 10s, the amount of damage done by cows and fowls to a crop of oats. Defendant admitted that his cows had been in plaintiff’s field on one or two occasions. Verdict for the plaintiff for £2.

Derbyshire Times 23 January 1895
Public auction at the Jovial Dutchman Inn
Lot 1: three valuable freehold stone built cottages, with the yards, gardens, and out-offices thereto belonging, in Bennett’s Lane, Crich, and in the occupation of Messrs MELLOR, KNEEBONE, and late G. DAVENPORT.
Lot 2: three valuable freehold stone built cottages, situate at Crich Carr, near to Crich, as aforesaid, with the yards, gardens, and out-offices thereto belonging, and in the occupation of Mesrs J. TOPHAM, W. SMITH, and G. SMITH.
Both lots are beautifully situated, and there is an abundant supply of water to each.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 January 1895
At Crich, on Monday evening, the Jovial Dutchman Inn was put up by auction. The bidding commenced at £500, and quickly went up to £800. Mr Thomas HARDY, Brewer, Kimberly, was the purchaser for £840, which was considered to be a good price. The second lot, two fields, is known as Nether Stones and Upper Stones, situate in Crich, commenced at £70, and ultimately fetched £140. The last lot consisted of three cottages at Crich Carr, which formerly belonged to Mr HANSON, of Kimberley, Brewer, and was sold to Mr G. FLINT. These also fetched £140.

Derby Mercury 6 February 1895
George YATES, Crich, quarryman, was charged by Henry EPERSON, of Crich, with having assaulted him on 15 January. Provocation was pleaded. Complainant said he was struck in the eye. The affair arose out of a family quarrel. A small fine of 10s and 16s costs was imposed.

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 February 1896
A serious accident befell Thomas OLIVER, a quarryman, and a resident of Crich, whilst blasting in a quarry near Crich on Friday. A large piece of stone fell on his right foot, and completely crushed it. The man was conveyed to the Infirmary at Derby, where his foot was amputated.

Belper News 10 March 1899
On Sunday the remains of Miss CHAWNER, daughter of the late Rev M. CHAWNER, who was 20 years vicar of Crich, were interred in the Clay Cross Cemetery …

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 15 March 1895
On March 6, at Holloway, Crich, Elizabeth, widow of George RADFORD, aged 71 years.
On March 8, at Crich, Ethel, daughter of John HARKER aged 12 months.

Derby Mercury 17 April 1895
Thomas FLINT, Crich, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Belper on April 1, and also with being disorderly and refusing to quit the last two premises of Joseph DRONFIELD, on April 6, at Crich. Seven days in each case, failing to pay 5s and costs.

Derby Mercury 24 April 1895
On April 17, 1895, at the Parish Church, Spondon, by the Rev Canon GRAY, assisted by the Rev F.S. PAYNTER, Arthur, second son of the late Charles WILLIAMS, Calborne, I of W, to Mary ALSOP, only child of the late William Pick FISHER, the Laurels, Denton, Grantham, and Mrs FISHER, Bagshot House, Borrowash, and granddaughter of the late Luke ALSOP, Cliffe House, Crich.
On April 18, at Chase Cliffe, Crich, after a short illness, Charlotte, the beloved wife of Charles MASON, aged 63. Friends kindly accept this the only intimation.

Derbyshire Times 11 May 1895
The annual meeting of the Crich Tennis Club was held on the tennis ground on Saturday, most of the members being present. The Rev J.P. NEVILLE was chairman. Miss J.T. LEES was re-elected treasurer, and Miss DAWES secretary. The balance sheet showed a small balance in hand.

Derby Mercury 12 June 1895
The quiet little village of Fritchley was, as is usual on Whit-Monday, very early astir, it being the annual anniversary of Court Pride of the Valley, No 1722 of the Ancient Order of Foresters. A procession was formed and accompanied by the band of the Clay Cross Rifle Volunteers paraded the village, Bull Bridge, and Crich, the principal residences in the district being visited in turn. At the Parish Church, Crich, a sermon was preached by Rev Mr NEVILLE, late of Derby. The procession was again formed to the Red Lion, Fritchley, the headquarters of the Court, where an excellent repast was provided by the host and hostess to which ample justice was done by 117 members and friends. After the cloth was removed the hon. surgeon of the Court, Dr MACDONALD, of Crich, was voted to the chair. A lengthy toast list was gone through, enlivened by selections and glees by the band, and songs and recitations by the members. “The Queen” was given from the chair. “The Visitors” was submitted by brother G. PARKINS, and very ably respond to by the chairman. “The prosperity of Court Pride of the Valley” was very ably responded to by brother D. GREGORY. The balance sheet was read during the afternoon, and showed the Court to be in a good and sound financial position, the members numbering 161, and a Juvenile Court attached having 54 members. The total funds amounting to over £1000, which is very well invested. “The health of the band” was responded to by a bandsman who played for the Court 16 years ago; and “The health of the host and hostess” was responded to by the host. The band left eight o’clock, bringing a very enjoyable day to close.

Derbyshire Times 22 June 1895
Albert SLACK, of the Black Swan Inn, Crich was granted occasional licence for Saturday next, to supply refreshments at the band contest at Lea Hurst.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 5 July 1895
At the Belper Amateur Athletic Sports, which took place on Saturday, the 440 yards handicap flat race was rather exciting, and among the many competitors we notice John DAWES, of Crich, who ran in fine style, but only succeeded in winning the third prize, for which he received an electro-plated egg frame.

Derby Mercury 24 July 1895
The Belper magistrates were occupied for a short time on Thursday in hearing charges of drunkenness against three men named COLEMAN, father and two sons. They were alleged to have disturbed a political meeting at Crich last Saturday.

Derbyshire Times 3 August 1895
I hear a rumour that the Crich Parish Council are hesitating about doing the repairs to Eliza’s Hill, which is in their district, and to ignore the main reason why part of Holloway, which is in Crich Parish, should be taken from them. Probably the cost is more than the Crich councillors thought it would be, hence the halting. Holloway intend to hold them to the bargain, as included in the adverse decision when an extension of their Holloway boundaries was asked for.
[there were many reports regarding this boundary dispute between Holloway and Crich]

Derby Mercury: Wed 4 Aug 1895
BOWER – on July 30, at Sheldon House, Crich, Samuel Bower, aged 72.

Derbyshire Times 17 August 1895
The village of Crich is briskly discussing the affairs of a gentleman recently deceased, who had the reputation of being the most wealthy man in the parish. Whether he was the richest among the many proud possessors of fortune in Crich does not much matter. His demise has taken place, and there is likely to be a quarrel among the relatives over the disposal of the treasure. No will is to be found, and when a local solicitor was fetched to make this legal instrument the patient was too far gone to give instructions. On the side of one of the contending parties it is held there was a will made some time ago, and if so a draft copy should be in existence. If a will drawn and attested where is it. That may be a question which can only be decided by recourse to the law course.

Derby Mercury 21 August 1895
Aaron COLEMAN and Isaac COLEMAN , of Crich, quarryman, were charged with being disorderly and refusing to quit the licensed premises of William YEOMANS, Whatstandwell, on August 3. Aaron COLEMAN was also charged with assaulting Agnes YEOMANS, wife of the complainant at the same time. A few words passed between the company about politics, and then they began to quarrel on family affairs. Blows were struck, Isaac COLEMAN striking a witness named HASLAM. The landlady interfered and was pushed against the counter. HASLAM said the men did not quit “momentous” when the landlady requested them. Samuel HOLMES said Isaac COLEMAN “landed” a man named PEACH on the nose after a few words of politics. Fined 10s in each case. Aaron had £3 3s 4d to pay, and Isaac £1 11s 8d to pay.

Derbyshire Times 21 August 1895
August 31, 1895, Auction Sale of the neat and useful, household furniture and miscellaneous effects upon the premises lately occupied by Mr George CURZON, deceased, situate on the Common, Crich, commencing at one o’clock.

Derbyshire Times 24 August 1895
August 3, at Field House, Thomas JACKSON, of Crich, aged 81 years. Was interred at St Martin’s Church (sic), Crich, August 7. Friends will please accept this the only intimation.
[Note : the parish church at this time was sometimes known as St Michael’s not St Martin’s]

Derby Mercury 4 September 1895
A serious accident occurred on Saturday afternoon. Mr Samuel STOCKS, landlord of the Royal Oak Inn, was painting some of his property when the ladder slipped and he fell breaking his arm in two places and injuring himself internally. Dr MACDONALD was immediately called in.

Derbyshire Times 4 September 1895
September 16, 1895, Auction Sale of horses, cattle, pigs, poultry, implements, tools, stack of prime new hay, winter eating, etc, upon the premises lately occupied by Mr Samuel BOWER, deceased, Crich.

Derby Mercury 18 September 1895
Edward BOLLINGTON, William MARTIN, and Edward WRAGG, of Crich, quarryman, were charged with being drunk and disorderly on August 31 at Crich. Police-constable COSGROVE proved the case, and said that all three fought. They admitted the offence, and were fined 5s each and costs.

Derbyshire Times 26 October 1895
A correspondent who attended the sale not the proverbial a hundred miles from Matlock, sends me a curious account of what transpired. The sale was announced at Crich, and the auctioneer had begun his duties when a message was received that it must be stopped. There is a dispute going on about the property left by a gentleman who died not many weeks ago. The family are divided as to the distribution of the wealth according to their own desires. It appears the matter has been before one of the judges in the Queen’s Bench. An affidavit had been made, and the Judge immediately granted an injunction, suspending all troublous operations until the hearing of the action. Several lots had been sold when the peremptory order was received for the proceedings to be suspended. People who attended the auction talked of claiming their expenses.

Derbyshire Times 26 October 1895
At a meeting of the Fellows of Immanuel College, Cambridge, on October 14, William CHAWNER, MA one of the Senior Fellows of the College, was elected Master, in succession to Rev Dr PHEAR resigned. Mr CHAWNER took his degree as Fifth Classic in 1871, and was elected a Fellow of the College in the same year. He was Tutor of the College from 1875 to 1890. He is at present Secretary to the Indian Civil Service Board and to the Lodging House Syndicate, and a representative of the University on the Cambridge Borough Council. Mr CHAWNER is the eldest son of the late Rev W. CHAWNER, vicar of Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 1 November 1895
Persons having any debts, claims, or demands against the estate of Millicent Mary WHITAKER, formerly of Derwent Cottage, Oakerhill, and later of Wheatcroft, Crich, widow (who died on the 19th day of March 1895 and whose will was proved by Frederick CLIFTON, homeopathic chemist, one of the executors on the 21 May 1895)…
[this is edited record of the announcement]

Derbyshire Times 9 November 1895
We regret to record the death of Mr Thomas ALLWOOD, who was well-known and respected in the Crich and Matlock district. Some years ago Mr ALLWOOD emigrated to New Zealand with his wife and son, and settle down near Auckland. His death took place at his residence, Matlock House,Waikomiti, on the 27th August.

Derbyshire Times 16 November 1895
On November 9, at his residence, Roes Hill Cottage, Crich, George Ashbourne SMITH, Jr, aged 38 years. Deeply regretted.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 November 1895
A pumping station, with a receiving tank, is projected to be situate in Crich in the field now in the occupation of German AMATT, as also a service tank in the same parish to be situate in the field now occupied by Thomas BOWMER.

Derby Mercury 18 December 1895
Mr W.H. WHISTON, County coroner, held an inquest at the Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell, on Tuesday afternoon, on the body of Robert Allsop WASS, foreman, in the employ of Mr SIMS, stone merchant, who met with a terrible death on the Midland Railway at Whatstandwell the previous day.
[there followed a long report of the inquest findings with witnesses Samuel WASS (son of the deceased), and Daniel PETTS (stonemason of Crich Carr). The deceased was killed crossing from one wharf to another near the old railway station when he was hit by a train coming from Cromford. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, and exonerated the engine driver from all blame.]

Long Eaton Advertiser 21 December 1895
School Attendance Cases
Sydney HIGDON, Crich for not sending Florence and Julieta, was fined 5s in each case.
George GLOSSOP, Crich Carr, was also fined 5s each in respect of Bernard and Mary’s non-attendance.

1896 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 4 January 1896
John SPENDLOVE, of Crich, labourer, was charged at Belper Petty Sessions, on Thursday, with stealing two silver-plated drinking cups of the value of 10s belonging to Herbert MOUNTNEY, of the Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell, on November 11. The evidence show the prisoner took the cups and gave one to a farmer named SHIPLEY, saying he had bought it at a sale. A summons was issued, and defendant absconded. On his return he was arrested by P.c, COSGROVE. He now pleaded guilty asked the Bench for leniency, and begged for a fine rather than imprisonment. It was a drunken spree. As there were previous cases of a similar kind, he was sent to gaol for a month.

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 January 1896
The death took place on Wednesday of Mr Thewlis JOHNSON J.P., of Ambergate, the head of the firm of Richard Johnson and Nephew, makers of cables and wire. He was not seriously ill many days, and had been under the care of Dr MACDONALD, of Crich. A week ago two Manchester physicians were called in, and they gave little hope of recovery. Mr JOHNSON was about 60 years of age, and was highly esteemed in the locality. He was the principal owner of the works at Ambergate and Bradford, Manchester. A few years ago he was appointed magistrate for Derbyshire, and a month ago adjudicated at Belper. He leaves several sons and daughters. His eldest son returned from America since Christmas, where he had been married to a lady in Brooklyn. Mr JOHNSON was a Liberal Unionist in politics.

Derbyshire Times 25 January 1896
On Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday Mr ROSELLE’s Company gave their entertainments in the above village. On each occasion the room at the Crich British School was crowded to excess. On Friday, Saturday, and Monday Mr ROSELLE and his clever company of artistes gave their entertainment of ventriloquism, sketches, songs, and other laughable farces, whilst on Sunday a sacred concert was held.

Derby Mercury 19 February 1896
Robert ASHTON, Crich,[ and others, not of Crich] summoned for not sending their children to school regularly, and fines were imposed in each case.

Derby Mercury 18 March 1896
Robert LOWE, of Crich Carr, carter, was summoned for riding without reins on a drug, at Wirksworth, on the 19th February. Fined 1s and 10s 6d costs or seven days with hard labour.

Derbyshire Times 4 April 1896
A very painful accident occurred at Whatstandwell, on Tuesday, in Mr SIM’s stone quarries. A workman, Caleb MARTIN, was assisting in the removing of a large stone by crane, when the stone swung round, and a portion of the crane broke, letting the stone drop on MARTIN, breaking his thigh and cutting his mouth. He was taken by Mr HINDS to Derby Infirmary.

Derby Daily Telegraph 18 April 1896
Partnership dissolved
James Thomas LEE and John Isaac LEE, Crich, drapers, grocers, and tallow chandlers; John I. LEE retires.

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 April 1896
George AUSTIN, Crich Carr, labourer, pleaded guilty to being drunk on April 6, and had to pay 5s and costs.
Thomas CRITCHLOW, farmer, Crich, and Frank DALZIEL, Crich, were charged with allowing dogs to be large without muzzles. Police-constable COSGROVE proved the cases, and fines of 5s and costs were imposed.
[ Note: owing to a case of rabies at Bakewell local parishes had imposed muzzling orders; these included Crich, Alderwasley and Ashleyhay]

Derbyshire Times 23 May 1896
The memory of good men lived after them, and the monument about to be placed in Crich Churchyard will speak in perpetuity of Robert Allsop WASS. A beautiful marble tombstone is to be placed over the grave, and this is the description, which gratefully tells the connection between the living and the dead: “Erected by the workmen at the Duke’s Quarries, Whatstandwell, as a token of respect and sympathy in loving memory of Robert Allsop WASS, who was accidentally killed on the Midland Railway, at Whatstandwell, December 9th 1895, aged 55 years. In the midst of life we are in death.”

Derby Mercury 27 May 1896
INEBRIATES – John PRICE,, Crich, carter, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the night instant at Crich. Police-constable COSGROVE proved the case, and a fine of £1 8s, including costs, was imposed.
John BOWMER and Isaac COLEMAN, Crich, quarrymen, were charged with being drunk and disorderly on May 9.. BOWMER denied the offence. Police-constable COSGROVE gave evidence, and COLEMAN was fined 10s and costs, and BOWMER 5s and costs.
William COWLISHAW, Crich, quarryman, pleaded guilty to being drunk and refusing to quit the licensed premises of Harriet ROWE, at Crich, May 2nd. In reply to the Bench, Mrs ROWE said she had to carry the defendant out. The Chairman: you surely did not carry a big man like that? – Witness: I carry bigger man than him out (Laughter). A fine of £1 0s 6d, including costs was imposed.
James COWLISHAW,jun, of Crich, was charged with having assaulted Annie PRINCE, at Crich, on 9 May. The offence was admitted. It appeared Mrs PRINCE went to the house of COWLISHAW and kicked up a row. She was put out by the defendant, as she declined to go of her own will. Defendant had. 1s to pay, and Mrs PRINCE 8s 6d.
Edward BOLLINGTON and Thomas BLACKWELL of Crich, labourers, were charged with trespassing in pursuit of game on land in the occupation of Mr A,F, HURT, on 10 May. BLACKWELL did not appear. A gamekeeper gave evidence, and said that BOLLINGTON was 300 yards from a footpath and at a rabbit hole. Fined 10s and 14s 3d costs each.

Long Eaton Advertiser 30 May 1896
Mr Childers Charles RADFORD J.P., of Tansley Wood, Crich, who died on February 24, left personal estate amounting to £60,070. He bequeathed (subject to the life interest of his wife) the painting of Harry Daniel Mander, by Gainsborough; portrait of Lord Eardley and Mrs Fowler, a small water-colour by Col Michael Childers, a painting of Mrs Walbanks Childers, and certain cups and saucers, the property of Napoleon I, brought from Malmaison after the battle of Waterloo by Col Michael Childers, to the Right Honourable Hugh Childers; and £100 to his servant George SMITH. The residue of his real and personal estate he left to his wife absolutely.

Derby Mercury 24 June 1896
Joseph DRONFIELD, landlord of the Jovial Dutchman Inn, Crich, was summoned for permitting drunkenness on his licence premises on May 28. Police-constable COSGROVE said he visited the house and saw two men named George FROST and Charles WALKER there. They were covered with blood and dirt, and appeared to have been fighting. The landlord was present, and witness asked him what he was about to allow the men to be there in that condition.FROST was in a chair all of a heap from the effects of drink – beastly drunk. The man had blood on his hands, face, and clothes. The landlord said the men had been having a dust, and he had taken FROST out of the way. Going home with FROST for safety, witness afterwards returned to the house, and saw WALKER and five other men. This was about one o’clock. WALKER staggered away and was very drunk. Answering, the officers said he could not tell whether beer or whiskey had been in the glass in front of FROST. It was drained quite dry (Laughter). Elizabeth WOOLLEY, Crich, said she saw WALKER and FROST fighting “just on the end of the sign.” WALKER was drunk and used a lot of disgusting language to her. Joseph RADFORD, a carter, of Crich, said a “man with a slop on” went into the Jovial Dutchman. They called him “Doctor FROST”. Witness said he and WALKER had something to drink. He could not say whether they were glasses or quarts (Laughter). “They had none to mean owt” (Renewed laughter). Mr STONE alleged that the fight took place while the landlord was absent, and it became a question of to what extent he was liable. All the men went into the house together, yet it was sworn that two of the party were drunk. The landlord said for men had three quarts of beer in two hours. They were quiet until FROST arrived, and then the tussle occurred. FROST went out of the house as sharp as lightning. FROST had two two’s of whisky, and he believed one was knocked over. Joseph SMITH, a blacksmith’s striker, gave some amusing evidence, and said he was having an idle morning, which he filled up with drinking (Laughter). The Bench convicted in a penalty of £2 and £2 3s costs. George FROST and Charles WALKER, the two men mentioned in the case, were then brought up and charged with being drunk on the premises. They were each fined 5s each and costs.

Derbyshire Times 27 June 1896
A very sad accident occurred at Crich on Saturday afternoon. A young man, Mr Arthur GAUNT, of Matlock Bank, was coming down the hill known as Sandy Lane, Crich, on a bicycle when one of the pedals came off, and the poor fellow lost control of the machine, and dashed into a wall at the bottom. Police-constable COSGROVE rendered first aid, and afterwards Dr MACDONALD stitched up the wound, which was four or five inches long, on his head. He was conveyed whole in a trap belonging to Mr WILLGOOSE.
PRESENTATION – An interesting presentation took place at Fritchley on Saturday evening. Mr Thomas OLIVER, who was so seriously injured at the Cliff Quarry at Crich, was the recipient of a purse of £18, which was presented by Mr BRADLEY, at the Red Lion Inn, at Fritchley. Afterwards a supper was given in honour of the occasion, subscribe to by many of Mr T. OLIVER’s friends, etc.

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 July 1896
An application has been received from the parish of Crich for urban powers. This parish has an area of 3600 acres with a population of about 3000 and a rateable value of £14,000. The principal ground of the application appears to be that the authority wish to repair their own roads in lieu of the District Council doing so
[Note: this application was turned down]

Derby Mercury 5 August 1896
John WHEELDON, of the Saw Mills, Ambergate, was charged with assaulting Emma GAUNT, of Fritchley, married woman, on 6 July at Crich. Mr POTTER, Matlock and Derby, appeared for the complainant, who said she was partaking of tea with her family when defendant went to the house and asked her to come and have a glass with him. He called her an old weasel face. When asked what he meant by insulting her, the defendant threw a jug of water over her. In answer to the defendant Mrs GAUNT said she called him a “chucky head”. Catherine RODGERS, corroborated, as did several other witnesses. The defence was that the complainant was going to strike the man and the water was thrown. A fine of 5s and £1 3s costs was imposed.

Derbyshire Times 8 August 1896
An accident occurred in the Birchwood Quarry, near Crich, on Tuesday morning, where a workman named George BUXTON was working. He fell to the bottom, severely fracturing his skull. Dr MACDONALD, of Crich, was sent for, and did all possible for the injured man. He is employed by Mr SIMS, stone merchant, Whatstandwell.

Derbyshire Times 15 August 1896
Ellen WALKER, who keeps a licensed house at Crich, was summoned for selling adulterated rum on 14 July. There was no defence, and the defendant did not attend court. Inspector SANDYS produced the certificate of the analyst, which gave 10 per cent of added water, or 7 degrees under proof. A penalty of £1 and £1 2s costs was imposed. It w as stated MrWALKER had been in the house forty years without a previous complaint.

Derbyshire Times 19 September 1896
To the Editor
Sir, – Crich churchyard is a disgrace to the parish, because of the long grass and nettles growing all over it, wetting mourners at funerals to the knees. It ought to be the tidiest of all places, being consecrated ground. Can’t the vicar, out of £250 a year, free house, and his fees, pay a little to keep his freehold in order. Secondly, it is a disgrace as a matter of health, because it is cram full of dead bodies, and one has to be dug up to put another in. Now, then, Sanitary Inspector, Medical Officer of Health, and Parish Council of Crich, awake, HELP!

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 25 September 1896
A great fall of stone occurred in the Cliff Quarries, Crich, last week, when many thousand tons of stone fell, burying sundry tools and doing damage to the gangways. The fall completely destroyed a cabin in the quarry. On Sunday also there was another large fall.

Derby Mercury 30 September 1896
Joshua STREET, Crich, innkeeper, was charged with selling whisky, on August 21, which were found to be under the legal strength. The proceedings were taken by Captain SANDYS, Inspector under the Food and Drugs Act, who said he bought the whisky from Mrs STREET and the analyst’s certificate gave 29 degrees under proof, or 4 degrees below the proper strengths. Defendant said he was not aware that the spirit was wrong, as it was sold as supplied to him. STREET who is an ex-policeman was fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Times 26 September 1896
Through the kind exertions of Mr HAWKES, vicar’s warden, the choristers of Crich Church were afforded an excursion on Saturday afternoon. They met at Whatstandwell Station, and join the excursion train as far as Miller’s Dale, where after exploring the hills and dales, they partook of a meat tea, at the Angler’s Rest Hotel. The Rev J.P. NEVILLE, curate of the parish, accompanied the party, which reached home about 9.30, after enjoying a very pleasant outing.

Derbyshire Times 3 October 1896
September 24, at the Parish Church, Crich, by the Rev J. TREVASKIS DD, assisted by the Rev C. BREWIN, B.A. and the Rev W. ACRAMAN, vicar of the parish, Edward CHEETHAM to Ada SEAR.

Derby Mercury 14 October 1896
A proposal has been made to erect two stone seats on the road from Whatstandwell to Crich. Miss HURT has offered to erect these seeds at her own cost, and the committee in accepting the offer wish to express their appreciation of Miss HURT’s kindness.
[Note: see photographs of the HURT SEATS]

Belper News 23 October 1896
George SMITH, of Fritchley, was drunk on October 9 at Crich Common. having admitted his guilt he was fined 22s 6d including costs.

Belper News 30 October 1896
The advance of the School Board education system is plainly noticed in the following: –
“Tansley versus Crich Juniors. Played at Tansley in a plough field, the visitors had got the Sunday things on and home team had a god leggings on and bags round them; the worse team won, but when they come to Crich the limestone lads will double score.”

Derbyshire Times 7 November 1896
In the Probate Division of the High Court, on Monday, Mr Justice BARNES, heard the suit of BLACK v CRITCHLOW, which had reference to the estate of the late Thomas JACKSON, of Crich, a widower without children, who died intestate on August 4, 1895. The plaintiff and defendant claimed to be his nieces and next-of-kin, and the only surviving relatives of the deceased. Mr INDERWICK Q.C. (who appeared with Mr PRIESTLEY for the plaintiff), related the history of the family, going as far back as 1793. The grandfather of the plaintiff and the defendant was Robert JACKSON, who married Elizabeth MARSHALL on the 24 December 1793. Robert JACKSON, who was a framework knitter at Crich, died in 1846, and his wife in 1854, leaving several children, the eldest of whom, George JACKSON, born in 1795, married Elizabeth BROWN, of Cromford, on July 15, 1819. Elizabeth BROWN’s brothers were going to the United States about this time, and the whole party went out there together, where George and his wife lived till their death. George died of cholera in 1854, and his wife in 1872. They had several children, the only one now surviving being the plaintiff, Sarah Louisa JACKSON, who married George Worsley BLACK.
The Judge: That exhausts that side of the family. They are all dead except your client.
Mr INDERWICK, continuing, said that the grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Elizabeth JACKSON, had a son named Isaac, and Mrs CRITCHLOW, the defendant in the suit, was his daughter, and therefore the granddaughter of Robert and Elizabeth JACKSON in the same way as Mrs BLACK. The third son of Robert and Elizabeth JACKSON, was Thomas JACKSON, who died a widower without children, and intestate, and there were no claims against his estate except those of Mrs BLACK and Mrs CRITCHLOW. He lived with his father and mother at Crich until their death and in 1856 he married his wife, who died in 1888, he himself dying in August 1895.
Mr HEXTALL, for the defendant, she gestured that there should be a joint Grant of Administration. True, the plaintiff was the heiress at law, being the daughter of the eldest son, but the defendant was in the same relation to the intestate as the plaintiff.
Mr INDERWICK said that a joint grant mind do in some cases, but in this case there were questions in dispute between the parties, the plaintiff alleging that Mrs CRITCHLOW was a debtor to the estate, and a joint grant would not do unless the parties were friendly.
Mr HEXTALL said the personality was about £1500, and the real estate about £2000. Mrs CRITCHLOW was not really a debtor. There was a mortgage, but it was fully secured.
After hearing the evidence and arguments of counsel his Lordship said the question for determination was asked to the relationship of the plaintiff and the defendant to Thomas JACKSON. Each of the parties had respectively asserted that she was the niece, and that the other was not the niece of Thomas JACKSON, but he seemed quite clear that they knew of each other’s relationship. They were associated together in 1882. Notwithstanding this they had been fighting for about a year about the matter about which they know perfectly well all along; and result had been that very heavy expense had been incurred. It would not be advisable to make a joint grant in this case, and he should order the grant to the plaintiff, who was the proper person to have it under the circumstances, and each party would have to pay the costs of the investigation of the others rights and relationship. There would be a decree that each was the niece of Thomas JACKSON, and his next-of-kin.
Order accordingly.
[Note this case went on for many months with much reportage, until finally resolved in March 1899]

Derby Mercury 11 November 1896
Anthony BUCKLEY, Park Head, Crich, was charged with allowing for cows to stray on the 25th instant. Police-constable COSGROVE proved the case, and a fine of 4s and 8s 6d costs was imposed.

Derby Mercury 9 December 1896
David SELLERS, of Crich, was summoned for refusing to quit the Yew Tree Hotel, Holloway, and with assaulting Police-constable ROWLATT in the execution of his duty. Defendant was at the wakes, and went into the clubroom determined to make a row. He was ejected, and then assaulted the police officer. He was ordered to pay 29s.

1897 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 23 January 1897
A pigeon shooting leger, which took place at Crich on Saturday last, was promoted by Mr William DAWES landlord of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, under the following conditions, viz., To shoot at 3 birds each with 1 ¼ ounces shot, allowing the birds 21 yards rise, and 60 fall gun below the elbow, till the bird was on the wing. There were nine entries consisting of the following: Messrs. SIMS, GAUNT, PIGGIN, LYNAM, HERARD, HICKINGS, TAYLOR, KEY, and STUBBS. The shooting caused considerable interest. Winner was Mr Alfred HERARD, of Heage, who killed his three birds, and pocketed the prize which amounted to £2 2s 6d. The birds were supplied by Mr J.BEARDOW, of Wheatcroft.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 5 February 1897
On January 29, at Fritchley, Crich, Rosa Ann Hilda SMITH, aged 10 months.
On January 28, at Crich, William PIGGIN, a 17 months.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 29 January 1897
On January 21, at Bull Bridge, Crich, George Walter, son of George PICKARD, aged two years.
On January 22, at Fritchley, Crich, John CUTS, aged 34 years.

Belper News 19 February 1897
At Crich, on February 14, Harriet POYSER, aged 73 years.

Derbyshire Times 20 February 1897
On Sunday last teachers and scholars of the Crich Wesleyan Sunday School presented Mr WIGHTMAN with a beautiful writing desk as a small token of his twenty years labours amongst them as superintendent of the school during which time his services have been very beneficial, and highly appreciated. Mrs ROSS in a neat speech, made the presentation, to which Mr WIGHTMAN in feeling terms responded.

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 February 1897
Thomas HARTSHORN, Crich, quarryman, and Henry BARRETT, Crich, collier, were charged with trespassing on land belonging to Thomas Isaac CRITCHLOW at Crich on February 7. The case was dismissed. There was a second charge against Thomas HARTSHORN and his son John HARTSHORN, a boy of eight years of age, of trespassing on the same land. The elder defendant was convicted in a fine of 10s and costs, and the boy, who was under his charge, was dismissed.

Derby Mercury: Wed 10 March 1897
THE landslip which is at present in progress in the neighbourhood of the Midland Railway at Whatstandwell, though it has not at present assumed very alarming proportions, may, nevertheless, become very serious unless the movement of the land is arrested. The spot where the landslip has manifested itself is between the new and old stations at Whatstandwell and towards the base of the hill which rises up to Crich Stand, a hill which has during recent years been the scene of at least two landslips of considerable magnitude. The summit of the hill, in the neighbourhood of the quarry, has, however, been the only portion previously affected, and although considerable damage was wrought on these occasions, the present landslip, should it assume the gravity which is quite within the bounds of possibility, would probably eclipse them in extent of damage. It is, of course, impossible to say to what extent the movement is likely to alter the configuration of the land without better knowledge of the extent to which the hillside is affected than can at present be obtained. It is a fact, however, that the hills in the neighbourhood referred to are by reason of their peculiar formation, rendered particularly treacherous, and it is even hinted at that the railway company may yet find it necessary to lay a new permanent way on the opposite side of the valley, and out of the reach of the hills, the vagaries of which have always occasioned more or less anxiety. We hear it stated that the company have endeavoured to arrest the movement of the land by means of a judicious distribution of heavy masonry, but those who understand the nature of these landslides in the Peak district will be probably inclined to believe that should the present movement be due to the dislocation of any considerable portion of land, the efforts of man to cope with the position must inevitably prove futile. It is conjectured that the recent earthquake is probably the cause of the slide, and the symptoms at present noticed are certainly in favour of the assumption that the occurrence is something more than superficial. The railway company have been watching the phenomena for over a fortnight and it is stated that in addition to the canal – which runs between the railway and the base of the hill being rendered impassable, the metals of the permanent way have been raised almost six inches, and a movement of the river bank has already been perceptible. The opening of cracks in the land up the hillside is anything but reassuring – in fact, they seem to point to the hypothesis that the slide is occurring over a considerable area.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 12 March 1897
On March 8, at Crich, Edgar BOLLINGTON, aged 2 years.
On March 9, at Crich, James WRAGG, aged 2 years.
On March 8, at Crich, Henry CURZON, aged 18 months.

Derby Mercury 17 March 1897
Isaac COLEMAN, stonemason, Crich, and Ellis BERESFORD, labourer, were charged with trespassing in pursuit of game on land in the occupation of Mr Marsden-Smedley, at Crich, on February 21. BERESFORD did not appear. A gamekeeper said he saw the men run away from a heap of stones in a wood. They had a dog, ferret, and took a rabbit. Sarah NORTHEDGE stated that she saw the defendants in the act of ferreting. She saw a net, ferret, and rabbit. Fine of 10s and costs were imposed, excepting on BERESFORD, who had 12s 6d and costs to pay.

Derby Mercury: Wed 17 March 1897
Albert E. SLACK of the Black Swan Inn, Crich, was charged with permitting gaming to take place on his licensed premises, contrary to section 17 of the Licensing Act 1872, on the 19th February, at Crich. Mr. R. S. CLIFFORD, Derby, appeared for the police, and Mr. J. POTTER, Matlock and Derby, defended. In opening the case, Mr. CLIFFORD said that in consequence of complaints Superintendent McDONALD sent an officer in private dress, in the attire of a railway porter. Police-constable WALLIS stated that he entered the house about seven o’clock. The landlord was present, with five or six others. In the presence of the landlord remarks were made that games had been played, and a quart had come in. Joseph SLACK asked for dominoes, and a game was played, the loser paying. Witness had a drink of the beer. He paid for beer for men from whom he received information. Police-constable COSGROVE deposed to visiting the house and saw dominoes, but they were not in use, and Mr. POTTER asked the Bench to say the evidence was not sufficient to commit a man of good character. The only witness he suggested had told falsehoods by the bushel to ingratiate himself in the graces of the men he associated with at the house. The defendant was called and said he allowed the dominoes to be taken into the room on condition that money or beer were not played for. Luke WRAGG, quarryman, Crich, stated that the officer, WALLIS, wore a railway porter’s cap. In conversation WALLIS talked glibly, and had got a very good story prepared. There was no liquor paid for by men who lost at dominoes. John WRAGG, Crich, deposed that he was at the house and had a game of dominoes. It was a friendly game for amusement. The landlord did not stand by and see a game played, over which the bargain was for the loser to pay. – The Bench convicted in a penalty of £2 and costs. – Thomas B. HALLSWORTH, of the Bull’s Head, Crich, was charged with a like offence by permitting the playing of bagatelle. Mr. CLIFFORD prosecuted and Mr. POTTER defended. Police-constable WALLIS stated that he went to the Bull’s Head and saw a French bagatelle board. Four men were playing, and one of them told him they were having a game of 140 up, and the two losers paid, Walter SELLORS and KNEEBONE. The landlord told the men to be quiet and keep the door shut. A second game was arranged, but he did not stay to see it played. Police-constable COSGROVE gave evidence, and then the defendant was examined and denied that anything took place at the bagatelle board to arouse suspicion. John HEAPY said he had played many times on the board, but never gambled. John GREENHOUGH was examined and said he was at the house, but saw no gambling over the bagatelle. The Bench imposed a penalty of £2 and costs. – Samuel STOCKS, Royal Oak, Crich, was charged with a like offence by allowing dominoes to be played on February 10th. Mr. CLIFFORD again prosecuted and Mr. POTTER defended. — Police-constable WALLIS spoke to seeing a game of five chalks up. The landlord seemed a bit fly, but he was not quite fly enough. There was cheating detected. On the table was a cloth, and everything was done brazen enough. – Mary Ann LAMBERT, daughter of the landlord, denied that beer was played for, and there was no suggestion that money was at issue. – Mrs. STOCKS, wife of the defendant, said it was untrue that a bargain was made to play points up for beer. – Henry COWLISHAW and Thomas SELLORS were called, and the latter said they had a game, but there was no end to it because it was all friendly. Other witnesses said the game was merely played for pastime. In this case the Bench convicted in a penalty of £2 and costs.
[See newspaper comment in the Derby Daily Telegraph 19 March 1897]

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 19 March 1897
On March 11, at Crich, Elsie HARRISON, aged 9 months.

Derby Daily Telegraph 19 March 1897
The police have many difficult duties to perform, as it is possible to conceive cases of grave emergency calling for the adoption of exceptional tactics. In order to bring to justice desperate and resourceful enemies of society, or to counteract the deep laid schemes of power conspirators, it is found desirable to have recourse to strategy – sometimes strategy of not very refined character – but I have always held that care should be taken to avoid too wide an application of the system. For example, the amateur theatricalism which was deemed necessary to secure the conviction of certain publicans at Crich does not appeal to me in the light of a necessity. To “rig” of a constable in the guise of a railway porter, in order that he may spy, without let or hindrance, upon the actions of unsuspecting villagers playing dominoes for beer, is a scheme scarcely calculated to increase popular respect for the County Constabulary. The officer, it is said, “ingratiated himself into the confidence of several men” –i.e he artfully played a part. That the defendant’s conduct cannot be excused everyone will admit, but I take leave to doubt whether public morality has gained very much by their conviction.

Derbyshire Times 20 March 1897
A pretty wedding was solemnised at the mountain village of Crich, on Monday, when the nuptials were celebrated between Miss Florence SIMS, only daughter of the late Mr Anthony SIMS, proprietor of the Dukes quarries Whatstandwell, and Mr Frank WEBSTER, son of Mr Francis WEBSTER, Alfreton.
[there followed a long report of the wedding and all gifts]

Derby Mercury: Wed 7 April 1897
PARISH MEETING – A large meeting of the ratepayers of Crich took place on Wednesday evening in the Parochial School, Mr. H.B. BOAG presiding. Mr. LEAFE read out a list of the recipients of charities of Cooper, Gisborne, Cornthwaites and Kirkland, and the Rev. ACRAMAN also read accounts connected with the charities. They were passed. The Parish Council accounts were then presented and showed a balance in hand of £15 8s 6d. The question of a footbridge over the canal to Whatstandwell station was then fully gone into, and a petition to the Midland Railway Company having been drawn up, the ratepayers were asked to sign the same. Mr SHAW brought forward an important matter, that of repairing the turnpike road leading from Bull Bridge to Holloway, stating that he thought, with many others, that the road ought to be taken over by the Derbyshire County Council. It was, however, clearly proved by Mr DAWES and other gentlemen that the County Council had been repeatedly requested to take over this road, but would not do so, their excuse being that there was sufficient through traffic. Votes of confidence in the Council and thanks to the chairman concluded a good meeting.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 10 April 1897
Notice is hereby given, that all persons having any claims against the estate of Joseph HOWITT, formerly of Crich, hosier, but late of No. 50, Park-road, New Lenton, Nottingham, who died on the 15th day of April 1896, are to send in particular thereof to the undersigned…

Belper News 15 April 1897
The Medical Officer reported the National School and the British Schools at Crich, and the National School at Fritchley were reopened on Monday, March 22, after being closed for one month, in consequence of an epidemic of measles and whooping cough. The schools were thoroughly cleansed and disinfected during the time they were closed.

Derbyshire Times 17 April 1897
April 10, at Crich, Thomas ALLWOOD, of Crich aged 78 years. The internment took place at St Michael’s Churchyard, at Crich, on Tuesday.

Derby Mercury 28 April 1897
John BILLINGTON, quarryman, Crich, was charged with trespassing in pursuit of game on land in the occupation of Messrs. Johnson and Nephew on 11 April at Crich. The defendant did not appear, and was fined £2 and costs all one month. Edward BILLINGTON and William MARTIN, both of Crich, were charged with a similar offence on land occupied by Mr John SIMS at Crich, on April 10. The defendant did not answer the charge, and the Bench fined BILLINGTON £2 and costs, and the other man £1 and costs. William MARTIN was next charged with game trespass, on land belonging to Mr A.S. Marsden-Smedley, at Crich, on April 16. The case was proved by George HOLLAND and Joseph WHITEHURST, gamekeeper, a fine of £1 and costs was imposed. MARTIN was further charged with assaulting Joseph WHITEHURST at the same time and place, and the penalty of 10s and costs was inflicted.
[Note: BILLINGTON is a name error, it should be John and Edward BOLLINGTON]

Derbyshire Times 8 May 1897
Mr A.W. MOODY who has been headmaster of Crich National School for over seven years has been appointed headmaster of the Bonsall Endowed (Boys) School by the Trustees. Mr MOODY’s charge of Crich National School has resulted in a steady continue progress. The grants and attendance have increased each year, and the school has been excused examination 1896 and 1897.

Ripley and Heanor News 21 May 1897
On May 15, at Crich, Irene, daughter of James NINA, aged 3 months.

Belper News 11 June 1897
Isaac COLEMAN, of Crich, was charged with assaulting James MELLORS, of the same place, at Crich, on 21 May. MELLORS, who appeared with his right arm in a sling, said the defendant knocked him down without speaking, all without giving him notice, on the day in question outside the Bull’s Head Inn. His arm was broken above the wrist and below the elbow. By the defendant – He was fighting previous to that with another man. Samuel HOLMES said he saw the assault and knew no differences between the two. The defendant went and deliberately knocked MELLORS down. The defendant said he not only never had a word with the complainant, but he never struck him, nevertheless knocked him down. Mrs COLLINS said she saw the complainant fighting with a man named WARD. Her husband held them up when they had fallen to the ground. The witness went on to tell a story of which neither head nor tail could be made, and her evidence was useless. George WRAGG said he was there at the time, but he did not see the assault complained of. He remembered picking MELLORS up after he had been fighting with WARD. He saw the complainant and defendant shake hands and say good night to reach other. The Bench inflicted a fine os £1, £1 compensation to be paid to MELLORS, and costs; in default a month in jail. Defendant – I will have the month.
[Note: the report referred to James MELOS, a mis-reporting for MELLORS]

Derbyshire Times 26 June 1897
The village of Crich Carr, with which is associated Coddington, had raised a fund of £37 to celebrate the longest reign, and the money was spent in a judicious manner. Mr John SIMS, who is the largest employer of labour, was the chairman, with Mr R.B. JOHNSON secretary. These two gentlemen made complete arrangements and the result was a full measure of enjoyment for everyone. A good meat tea was provided for the whole of the inhabitants, numbering 500. A marquee had been erected in a field lent by Mr SIMS. Afterwards there was a firework display, sports, cricket matches. The Crich Carr Brass Band attended and discoursed varied and excellent programme of music under the direction of Mr T. FLINT. A procession was formed and visited Chase Cliff, the residents of Miss HURT, and the house of Mr SIMS, and sang en route.

Derby Mercury 30 June 1897
Probably there is not in mid-Derbyshire and eminence which offered on Tuesday a better coign of vantage wherefrom to witness the bonfires than Crich Hill. Standing as it does, the highest hill at the southern extremity of the Peak, and presenting an almost precipitous front to the valley of the Derwent, it overlooks all the smaller hills southward and offers an unrivalled view right over Derby, Nottingham, the Erewash, and the Dukeries. At the summit of the stand the height above sea level is something over 990 feet, and from here the view after lighting up time was indeed a remarkable one. To say that the contingent of some thirty or forty individuals from Derby – who helped to swell a crowd of several hundreds from the surrounding villages – were repaid for their pains would be to adequately express the fact. The bonfire on the summit of Crich Hill was, of itself, not of gigantic proportions, but standing out in bold relief against the sky it served its purpose admirably. The most interesting spectacle however, was the panoramic view of the beacons on neighbouring and far-distant peaks. To what distance vision extended it would be difficult to say, some said that the bright star -like glow away in the far north-west, and seemingly perched in the very clowns, was a beacon on Kinderscout, and that other tiny specks further to the west were in the vicinity of Buxton. Probably they were, but nearer at hand were lured rid glows on Longstone Edge, at a height of 1296 feet above the sea level; on Masson at a height of over 1000 feet, and at Dethick and Cromford. Further west were huge fires at Winster and Wirksworth, and down the valley of the Derwent were plainly visible a cluster of five or six, prominent among them being the beacons on Bessyloan and Chevin. In the far distance could be seen the changing light on the Shot Tower at Derby, but away to south-east and east lights of varied magnitudes clustered in dozens, the fires at Codnor and in the Erewash Valley being particularly prominent. Altogether no less that the astonishing number of 81 beacons could be counted with the naked eye. Looking upon this spectacle one could not help marvelling how completely successful had been this idea of lighting up the length and breadth of our island with a line of fire, such as put into the shade the Fiery Cross which warned our forefathers of the coming of the invaders. Some of those from Derby lingered long on the hill summit watching the beacons dying away, and though the broadening glow in the eastern sky betokened the break of dawn before they arrived back in Derby, they felt that they had been privileged spectators of an historic display such as this or any other country has never before witnessed, and it was a moving thought indeed, that all over England, Scotland, and Wales, had simultaneously appeared a multitude of beacons, emblems of the profoundest loyalty, and recalling forcibly to one’s mind Macaulay’s sterling ballad in which he pictured the beacons calling the nation’s attention to the danger that threatened it.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 2 July 1897
On June 23, at Crich Carr, Joseph BUNTING, aged 3 months.
On June 27, at Fritchley, Crich, Rose Ellen LYNAM, aged 7 months.
On June 27, at Crich, Beatrice NINA, aged 18 months.
On June 29, at Crich, Mary Helen PERRY, aged 5 years.
On June 29, at Fritchley, Crich, Elsie NOBLE, aged 13 months.

Derby Mercury 7 July 1897
The report of Dr GAYLOR, one of the medical officers of health, stated that measles were epidemic at Crich and Fritchley. There were 39 children affected in 35 houses. The schools had been closed for a month.

Derbyshire Times 10 July 1897
[slightly edited]
An inquest was held at the Wheat Sheaf Inn, Whatstandwell on Friday afternoon, on the body of a quarry man named John BOWMER, who lately resided at Thurlow Booth, in the parish of Crich, and who committed suicide early on Thursday morning. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased, who was 57 years of age, had been suffering from chronic bronchitis since Easter, but during the last week he was very much worse and kept to his bed.
[evidence of what happened from his family followed]
The jury returned a verdict of suicide while of unsound mind.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 6 August 1897
On July 29, at Crich, William Osbourne, son of Perry HIGGINBOTTOM, aged three months.
On August 3, at Fritchley, Crich, Elizabeth, widow of Walter RADFORD, aged 78 years.

Belper News 6 August 1897
The vicar of Crich has very poor estimate of the measles, for he refused to close the Church Sunday school when requested to do so by the Medical Officer of Health (who surely ought to know something of the matter), and according to Mr LEE there was but one scholar who seized the opportunity to attend the only school that was not closed in Crich on Sunday last. Retribution has overtaken the vicar of Crich, for not only have his Nonconformist parishioners risen up against him with a petition, but the same has been listened to by the District Council, with the result that the parish priest has been rebuked.

Belper News 6 August 1897
The Vicar of Crich and the measles
Rebuked by the District Council
He refused to close his school and one scholar, attended
[a very long report followed describing how Rev W. ACRAMAN refused to follow the instructions of the Medical Officer of Health to close all Sunday Schools because of the measles epidemic in the village. He was the only one who refused to follow the request. The following church leaders all closed their schools in response: Eugene WALTERS (Baptist Minister); J, Robert HYDE (Primitive Methodist); W. HARRISON (United Free Methodist); James WIGHTMAN (Wesleyan); Herbert LEAFE (Baptist)]
The Chairman moved a motion to the effect that the Council expressed its regret that the Vicar of Crich did not see his way clear to closing his school when requested by the Medical officer of health to do so.

Derbyshire Times 4 September 1897
An old offender – John Joseph LEE, of Crich, was charged with an offence under the Poaching Prevention Act at Oakerthorpe, on August 19.P.c. WILSON said about 2:30 PM on the day in question he met LEE, and seeing that his pockets were bulky he stopped him and searched him. He found upon him three live rabbits. He said he was going to take them to Mr JOWITT and sell them for 1s each, and that he had had them from Pentrich Common. He said afterwards that he had had them from a man named HARTSHORN. W. VAUGHAN, gamekeeper to Mr STRELLEY, corroborated. Superintendent EYRE said he had been previously convicted for gaming upon the land, and he would not work. He lived upon his parents. LEE was fined £1, which with the costs, came to £1 2s.

Derby Mercury 15 September 1897
Thomas MARSHALL, a farmer and wood leader, residing at Plaistow Green, Crich, has met with an accident, which terminated fatally a few hours afterwards. On Monday night he was unloading some large trees from a dray, in the yard at Butterly Ironworks, when a heavy piece of wood fell on him, weighing about two tons. It rolled off the drug, terribly crushing the man and knocking down one of the horses. MARSHALL was removed home in a conveyance belonging to the company. He died during the night. Deceased was 51 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children. Deceased was working for Mr SAYLES, of Bull Bridge.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 17 September 1897
On September 6, at Park Head, Crich, Thomas MARSHALL, aged 51 years.

Belper News 17 September 1897
Mr Francis LYNAM, Moorwood Moor, gave £300 for two houses occupied by Aaron GREENHOUGH and Ellen ALLSOP. The property belonged to the late Mr Thomas TOMLINSON, of Belper. It is situate at Crich Carr, where there is an abundant supply of water.

Belper News 17 September 1897
Death of Mrs SIBLEY
[there followed a long obituary to Mrs SIBLEY, whose husband was for 40 years butler to the Misses HURT at Chase Cliffe, Crich]

death of Mrs Sibley 1897

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 September 1897
Sir – I feel you will excuse my trespassing on your valuable space by enquiry, respecting a grievance that must be realised by very many, viz., The neglected state of Crich churchyard. Order is Heaven’s first law, and we are also told to “do all things decently, and in order,” and surely this command applies to God’s Acre. The situation and scenery surrounding the church are beautiful in the extreme, but to feel your loved ones laid to rest in so ill-kept a place, and powerless to alter it, is distressing to a refined mind; graves buried in uncut grass, earth removed from graves (for internments) left about and thrown into disorder, and in our case was therefore six months after, half covering another grave, which, for our interference (insisting on its removal), might have been there still. I hope this may bring the subject before those who can exercise authority on the matter. I feel so keenly on the subject, that it would be a melancholy satisfaction to have the remains of our dear one removed. Thanking you for this favour, I enclose my card, and am, AN AGGRIEVED ONE.

Belper News 8 October 1897
Henry MARTIN was charged on remand with being drunk and disorderly at Crich on 18 September, and with using obscene language on the same date. Although he pleaded not guilty he was convicted, and fined 40s and costs on the charge of being drunk, and 20s and costs of the charge of using filthy language. In default he went to jail for six weeks. The policeman’s character he is aspersed at the previous sitting of the court was completely exonerated. A full report of this case will appear next week.

Belper News 29 October 1897
Thomas COWLISHAW and George MELLOR, jun., quarrymen, of Crich, were charged with being the authors of an affray at Crich, in the Market Place, on 11 October. Constable COSGROVE having given evidence, the defendants were ordered to pay the costs and were bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace for six months.

Derbyshire Times 30 October 1897
[a long report followed reporting the inquest into the John Henry HALLSWORTH accident when acting as a guard on a train of wagons from Bull Bridge to Crich quarries. He was injured whilst going through Fritchley tunnel and died as a result of those injuries. Thomas BROWN was the engine driver and Mary Ann KELSALL, Fritchley, nursed the deceased until Dr MACDONALD arrived.]
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.” and added a rider to the effect that they considered some steps should be taken to prevent the recurrence of such an accident.

Derbyshire Times 6 November 1897
At the Belper Petty Sessions on Thursday a case was heard in which James Percy NEVILLE, curate of Crich, was charged with having assaulted George Henry KENT, until recently the headmaster of the Crich Parochial School. Mr James POTTER, Matlock and Derby, appeared for the complainant and Mr W. Mortimer WILSON, Alfreton, was for the defence. Mr POTTER explained that the complainant was engaged as master of the school, and when he had been there a fortnight, having had only three days in school, he had notice to leave. This of course very much upset him, and explanations were demanded but not given. On 18 October schoolmaster went to his duties as usual, but was met by the defendant and told he must not go in school. The complainant consulted with his friends, who were not far away, and returned to the premises, not going into the school. Then force was used. Mr POTTER contended this was considerable, and was an extraordinary course to pursue. It was really the duty of the vicar to have done this, but he evidently did not care to exercise the office. The complainant was violently pushed into the street. Evidence was given by the complainant, Robert DAWES, and the Rev E WALTERS, the Baptist minister. The police constable of the village, who was called in, also gave his version of what transpired, and said no more force was used than was necessary to eject the schoolmaster. In defence, Mr WILSON admitted a technical assault was committed, but when the complainant had received a letter telling him his services would not be required and the salary offered, he ought not to have gone to the school and defied the managers. The defendant was a manager of the schools, while some of those witnessing the affair were connected with a rival school. The position at the moment was one of difficulty, and as a manager Mr NEVILLE was the best person to judge of the interests of the school and the children. The Bench convicted of a technical assault, and said it was not shown Mr NEVILLE had any authority to interfere. It was not proved he was legally constituted a manager. The fine was 10s and costs.

Belper News 12 November 1897
Robert GREENHOUGH, quarryman, of Crich Carr, was charged with assaulting Joseph MERCHANT, jun., at Crich on the 20 October. Complainant said he was cleaning a cob near his house, when the defendant came along and used filthy language. He told him he should pay his way, as he owed him a small debt. He then came and deliberately struck him. Dismissed. GREENHOUGH to pay 1s costs and MERCHANT 6s 6d.

Belper News 12 November 1897
Just two months ago it was our painful duty to record the death of Mrs SIBLEY, of Milford, and now we report with sorrow the demise of Mr Henry SIBLEY. The neighbourhood was shocked on Friday to hear the sad news, which, on enquiry, proved only too true. The deceased became slightly ill on the 26 October, being troubled with gout in his legs and hands. Exactly a week later, on Tuesday the 2nd instant the complaint reached his head, and rendered him unconscious. He remained in this state until relieved by death, departing from this world at eleven o’clock on Friday morning last. The deceased who was 57 years of age, was a native of Christchurch (Hampshire), and it is a great testimony to his sterling character to record the fact that whilst still in his teens he went to live at Chase Cliff (the Misses HURT), where he remained (with the exception of a month or two) for 40 years. Mr SIBLEY only left Chase Cliff about two years ago, and temporarily resided at Whatstandwell. Though only eighteen months at the Beehive, the deceased was respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, which is not being limited to Milford. His amiable disposition and uniform courtesy gained for him the esteem of all came in contact with him. Universal sympathy has been extended to the bereaved family, whose trouble on this account is all the more acute because of its close following in the wake of their other great loss, occasioned by the death of Mrs SIBLEY two months earlier. The funeral took place on Tuesday (the 32nd anniversary of the deceased’s wedding) at Crich, where the deceased was laid at the side of his wife. In Milford, and all along the route, respect for the memory of the deceased was shown by drawn blinds and other evidences.
[there followed a lengthy list of mourners and people who sent their sympathies]

Derbyshire Times 17 November 1897
Arthur BOOTH, of Crich, was summoned at Alfreton on Friday for allowing two horses to stray at South Wingfield, on October 19. Police-constable WILSON proved the case, and said that he had previously warned the defendant with regard to that offence. The Bench imposed a penalty of 1s upon BOOTH as he had been previously convicted for the offence. If he came again on that score, a heavier penalty will be put on.

Belper News 19 November 1897
Everything in and around Crich during the past week has been as dull as ditch water. Nothing has been moving, and nobody has been stirring. The people of Crich have been a model people, and their days in the land should be many and prosperous.
Even the National School seems to have settled for a time and the vicar, the Rev W. ACRAMAN, has not yet arrived home. The Rev Mr NEVILLE is still with us. I understand he only came for the “vacation” (whatever that is), but the vacation in this case is proving an uncommonly long one.
Not that we are getting tired of Mr NEVILLE. Oh dear no! We can’t have too much of a good thing, and Mr NEVILLE remains with us as long as he likes (or as long as the vicar likes, or as long as they both like!) However my business is not to gossip about Mr NEVILLE, though, goodness knows, I should be glad enough of something to talk about.

Belper News 26 November 1897
Laura SLACK, a girl aged 15, of Crich, was charged with throwing a stone at Isaac NEWTON’s window and breaking it, the damage being put at 2s. The girl said she had no mother, and her sister was with her. Defendant admitted committing the offence complained of, but she said she was told to do it by another girl, Ethel SMITH.
Ethel SMITH , about 16, said she was the daughter of John SMITH, of Fritchley. At about 8 o’clock on Monday night, November 1, she was coming from Mrs FORD’s with Dora SLACK. When they were passing Isaac NEWTON’s house, Laura picked up a stone and threw it and broke one of the windows. Dora ran away. Witness did not tell her to do it.
Emma COWLISHAW said Laura SLACK came into her house on the night in question and told her she had thrown a stone at Isaac NEWTON’s door. Dora laughed, and witness told her she ought to be ashamed of herself – it was nothing to laugh at.
Constable COSGROVE said stone throwing in Crich was a standing complaint, especially in the case of Isaac NEWTON.
In fining the girl 2s 6d and 19s 6d costs, and ordering her to pay the damage (2s), 24s in all, the Chairman said stone throwing was an intolerable nuisance. Old people should not be annoyed in that manner. They were bound to protect, so far as they were able, those could not look after themselves. It was a lame excuse of the defendant’s that she had been told to do what she did by another girl. The defendant was old enough to know right from wrong, and really should have known better.

Belper News 24 December 1897
Aaron COLEMAN, quarryman, of Crich, did not appear in answer to a charge of being drunk and disorderly on the 10th December. Constable COSGROVE said the defendant was drunk in the street at Crich on the 10th. He was swearing, and refused to go home. Previous to that he was called to the house of the son of the defendant, where he was beating his wife. Defendant had told witness that he would be willing to pay whatever fine Bench inflicted. Fined 19s and costs.

1898 newspapers

Derby Mercury 5 January 1898
Mr John CLOSE, borough coroner, opened an inquest at the Derby Infirmary on Saturday morning respecting the death of a Crich quarryman named Thomas OLIVER, who was fatally run over by some wagons on Friday afternoon. The inquest was adjourned until Wednesday.

Derbyshire Times 8 January 1898
In commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee, Crich parish church’s had the fine old peal of bells renovated, after they had been in use very long time. On the last night of the year just ended, overhauled by Messrs J. Taylor and Son, Loughborough the eminent founders. The “go” of the bells is all that can be desired The Crich ringers were assisted in the formal opening by some of the friends in the same line from Ripley and Alfreton. After several peals, the company adjourned to the house of Mr HALLSWORTH, the Bulls Head, where, through the generosity of Mr J.T. LEE, a splendid repast was provided…
[there followed a lengthy report of the occasion]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 January 1898
George WRAGG and Robert HEAPEY, of Crich, quarrymen, were summoned for trespassing in pursuit of game at Crich, on December 27. Francis TAYLOR, gamekeeper, said he was on land owned by Mr A.F. HURT J.P., at Chase Bridge. The defendant had a dog with them and he chased a rabbit. A second coney was put up and killed. Both men ran off. WRAGG “taking” the canal. The defendant alleged that there had been a mistake in identity, as they were not present, and the affair was a mystery to them. The complainant said WRAGG would have to go somewhere to dry his clothes. The father of HEAPEY said his son was helping him from morning until dinner. Eventually the case was adjourned a fortnight for further evidence.

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 February 1899
There recently passed away in Derby in the person of Colour-Sergeant Thomas WHETTON one of the few remaining veterans of the Crimea. The deceased, who was well-known and respected served in H.M. 95th Regiment, and lost a leg at the Battle of Alma. He had received three medals, one of which was for distinguished conduct on the field. He was the recipient of the Queens annuity for good conduct, and also, which he highly valued, a handkerchief stitched and presented to him by her Majesty. When the piece rejoicing is after the Crimean War were held at Crich (his native village) Sergeant WETTON was drawn by 40 men on a triumphal car to the Cliffe, where the fete was held. The funeral of the deceased, which was largely attended, was from the residents of his son, 11, Walter-street, where he died, and the coffin, which was of polished wood and brass mountings, and covered with lovely wreaths, was carried to and from the hearse by eight soldiers belonging to his old regiment, who walked by the remains to the Nottingham-road Ceremony, where the internment took place amid many manifestations of sorrow and regret. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs WATHALL and Son.
[For further information on Thomas WETTONVIEW]

Derby Mercury 23 February 1898
On Wednesday, the marriage was celebrated of Miss STOCKS, of Crich, to Mr S. TAYLOR, engineer, of Derby. At the breakfast, the Vicar of Crich, in proposing the health of the bride and bridegroom, spoke in the highest terms of Miss STOCKS, who had always been much respected in the village.

Derby Mercury 16 March 1898
Thomas HILTON, Crich, labourer, was charged with being drunk at Bull Bridge on February 21. Inspector RICHARDS said he had to take defendant home. Fined 14s 6d, including costs.

Derbyshire Times 19 March 1898
The following were declared elected: J. SIMS 41, J. LEE 38, H DYSON 37, R DAWES 36, J HINTON 33, C ELSE 29, W GLOSSOP 26, T DAYKIN 25 and J RADFORD 25 but a poll was demanded on behalf of several unsuccessful candidates.

Derby Mercury 30 March 1898
Charles BERRESFORD, John BERRESFORD, Bertram HARRISON, Joseph CURZON, George CURZON, and Frederick HARRISON, youths of Crich, were charged with setting fire to grass belonging to the Clay Cross Company, and doing damage to the amount of 1s, on March 20. Police-constable COSGROVE said the lads were setting fire to grass and over half an acre was burned. The powder magazine of the company was in the same enclosure, and a serious explosion might have occurred. Mr H.B. BOAG, the local manager, did not press the case. The large were fined 2s 6d each and costs, and were cautioned.

Derby Mercury 6 April 1898
On March 27, Elizabeth LEE, The YEWS, Crich, aged 86 years.

Derbyshire Times 9 April 1898
On Wednesday afternoon Mr John WILLGOOSE, landlord of the Rising Son Inn, Crich, was driving a horse and cart from Whatstandwell, and when between Chase Cliff and Cowper Lane he by some means fell off the cart, and the wheel went over one of his legs, breaking it between the knee and foot. A carter employed by Mr HAYNES, builder, of Crich, was following him up, and at once helped him into the cart and conveyed him home. The injured man is progressing favourably.

Derby Mercury 25 May 1898
Aaron COLEMAN, Crich, quarryman, was charged with using abusive language, and interfering with the comfort of passengers on April 21 at Belper. Detective-inspector HOLE, of the Midland Railway Police, made a statement, saying that there were ladies on the platform when defendant used very abusive language. The brother of the defendant was a prisoner being conveyed to Derby Gaol when the offence occurred. COLEMAN expressed his sorrow, and remarked that he got a little excited because your brother was going to prison. Fined £1 4s 6d , inclusive of costs.
John BOLLINGTON, Crich, quarryman, charged with being drunk and disorderly on May 14, pleaded guilty, and had to pay 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Times 4 June 1898
Present: Messrs Jno. SIMS (in the chair), H. DYSON, Robert DAWES, C.J. ELSE, John HINTON, Jas.T. LEE, N.I. HAWKES, and the Rev W ACRAMAN.
[there followed a report of the meeting]

Derby Mercury 8 June 1898
William WRAGG, Crich, quarryman, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Crich on May 21. Fined 7s 6d and costs.
Isaac COLEMAN and George WRAGG, both of Crich, quarryman, were summoned for making an affray at Crich on May 21st. COLEMAN did not appear, and a warrant was issued. WRAGG had nothing to say, I was bound over in his own bond of £5 to keep the peace for six months and to pay costs.
[Note: the purchasing power of £5 in 1890 would be about £400 in 2021]
[A report of the inquest into John OLLERENSHAW’s suicide on May 17. He had a wife but no family.]

Derbyshire Times 11 June 1898
The Rev W ACRAMAN, vicar of Crich, has engaged a curate, who comes from St Paul’s, Nottingham. The Rev E.L.HARRINGTON is to take charge of Crich for one month, during the holiday of the vicar, and then return to Nottingham to relieve the clergymen there, after which he will permanently reside at Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 11 June 1898
The Rev A HARRINGTON, of St Paul’s, Nottingham, has been appointed curate of the parish of Crich in the place of the Rev F. NEVILLE, resigned.

Derbyshire Times 11 June 1898
A short time ago it was announced Mr A.F. HURT, J.P.of Alderwasley Hall, had decided to give the site for burial ground in the parish. The internment of the parishioners have been at various places, Wirksworth, Crich, Belper, or in the private grounds in the churchyard that Alderwasley. The people naturally expressed a desire to remain in the parish, even when their dead bodies are committed to the earth.
[a report followed on the suitability of the site which was “ situate on the slope of a hill near to the private burial ground of the HURT family”].

Derbyshire Times 18 June 1898
Joseph BALDWIN, farmer, of Crich, was charged with allowing a pig to stray on the highway, contrary to the Swine Fever Regulations. He was given the benefit of the doubt, as he was not aware the pig had left his premises.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 18 June 1898
Thomas LONGDON, Crich, labourer, was bound over in his own reconnaissance of £5 to keep the peace for six months. He was proved to have used threats against Mrs Annie PRINCE, a neighbour.
Isaac COLEMAN, quarryman, Crich, was summoned for creating an affray at Crich and was bound over in his own sureties of £5 to keep the peace for six months.

Derby Mercury 3 August 1898
William MARTIN, Parkgate, Crich, quarryman, was summoned for having assaulted John THORPE, a fellow workman on the 15 instant. Complainant said that defendant went to the house and asked him several questions, and invited him outside. When in the yard defendant struck him savagely. Corroborative evidence was given by the mother of the complainant. Fined 10s and £1 0s 6d costs.

Derbyshire Times 30 August 1898
The marriage of Miss STOCKS, of Crich, with Mr Joseph SLACK, grocer and provision merchant, of Crich, was solemnised at the Parish Church on Monday last. The officiating minister was the vicar (the Rev W ACRAMAN). The bride was attended by Miss WETTON, of Crich, as bridesmaid. Mr Charles STOCKS, brother of the bride, acted as best man, and also gave the bride away. A goodly number witness the ceremony. The bride and bridegroom being old residents of the parish, much interest was manifested in the proceedings. The bride was dressed in grey, trimmed with silk. After the ceremony, the happy pair, with a large number of friends, partook of the wedding breakfast at the home of the bride, and later in the evening a large number of guests were entertained. The happy pair were the recipients of a large number of presents of a useful character.

Derby Mercury 12 October 1898
Charles COWLISHAW, quarryman, Crich, pleaded guilty to absenting himself from work from September 17 to 23 without leave. The Clay Cross Company were the complainants, and Mr BOAG, the manager, did not ask for compensation. An order was made for payment of the costs. A similar case was heard against Isaac COLEMAN, and a like decision was given.

Derbyshire Times 17 September 1898
Mushrooming is a very common practice at this time of year, and William MARTIN, of Crich, is one of the many who have been caught at this occupation this year. He was charged by John WOOD with breaking down a fence at South Wingfield on the 30 August. WOOD stated that he found MARTIN gathering mushrooms on his land. When he saw him, MARTIN made off and brought down a fence in his flight. It was a dear visit to Wingfield, for MARTIN had to pay 12s 9d.

Derbyshire Times 26 November 1898
Frank BODWIN, a labourer, of Crich, was charged with riding a bicycle without a light at South Wingfield on 7 November.P.c. GRIFFITHS proved the case.BODWIN said he had no matches with which to light his lamp. BODWIN had to pay 9s.

Derby Mercury 7 December 1898
A case of interest to cyclists was next heard. The plaintiff was George F BROWN, journalist, Belper, and the defendant was the Rev W ACRAMAN, vicar of Crich. Mr TERRY was for the plaintiff, and the defendant conducted his own case. On 19 August plaintiff was near Ambergate with another cyclist, when he met the defendant in a Victoria carriage. Mr ACRAMAN, who was accompanied by a youth, was on his wrong side of the road. Plaintiff had to jump from his machine in order to avoid a collision with the trap. In doing so he got his ankle fast in the machine and was injured. It took several people to liberate him. A doctor had to be called in, and it was feared small bones of the ankle were damaged. BROWN was unable to perform his ordinary duties for several weeks in consequence of the severity of the injuries. George Henry SWIFT, the Conservative agent for Mid-Derbyshire, who was with the plaintive, was also injured, and had to steer his bicycle into a wall to avoid damage to himself and his machine. It appeared there were plenty of people in the immediate vicinity, and they rendered assistance. Several witnesses corroborated the evidence of the plaintiff. The defence was that there was room to pass, that the cyclist was unskilled, and that his foot slipped off the pedals. His Honour, in giving judgement, said there was no rule of the road, providing there was room to pass; but people must keep to their proper side. Where the accident took place it was shown there was plenty of room. In this case the cyclists were on the very edge of the road, which showed they were in their proper place, and where they would not go unless compelled. He was convinced there was not sufficient room for the cyclist to pass. No matter how people might drive they were not always as careful as they might be. He should give a verdict for the full amount claimed, viz., One guinea for the doctors fees, damages to the bicycle, and £2 as solarium. This was a very reasonable amount of claim, as a journalist could not carry on his work without going about the district. His Honour further said he did not care whether plaintiff was a member of the Cyclists Union or not; he had to consider the law of the land. Plaintiff was not connected with the Cyclists Union or club.
[Note: a “solatium” was something given as compensation. Brakes on bicycles gradually became additions on cycles after the 1890s. The early safety cycles of the 1870s and 1880s had simple brakes but were rather inefficient]

Derbyshire Times 24 December 1898
On the motion of Mr LEE, the collector for Crich had his salary raised by £5 per annum for collecting the lighting rate for the parish.

1899 newspapers

In 1899 papers were full of the trial and imprisonment of the Rev William ACRAMAN for two years with hard labour.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 13 January 1899
On January 3, at Park-gate, Crich, Lettice FANTOM, aged three years.

Derbyshire Times 18 January 1899
Mrs LEE, of Crich, gave her annual tea and social entertainment to all the aged people of the parish in the parochial school on Thursday evening…[the report continued]

Derby Mercury 15 February 1899
Thomas COWLISHAW, of Crich, a quarryman, was charged with being drunk and disorderly Crich on January 28. Police-Constable COSGROVE proved the case and he was fined 21s including costs, or 14 days.
Arthur BOOTH, Park Head, was charged with allowing a mare and foal to stray at Crich on 29th of January. Police-Constable COSGROVE proved the case, and defendant alleged that the animals had gone out to water. Fined 2s 6d and costs.
George PETTS, Tom WRIGHT, James GREENHOUGH, James BOWMER, James LOWE, Thomas SHIPSTONE and James CONQUEST, youths, of Crich, were charged with playing football at Alderwasley on February 3. They pleaded guilty. Police-constable STATON said the defendants had taken coping stones off a wall, and were playing on the road with a proper football. In reply to Mr BOROUGH, the officer said there was no village common. Fined 2s 6d each, inclusive of costs, which were mitigated.

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 March 1899
The action in which Sarah Louisa BLACK, a married woman, claimed, as administratrix under the will of the late Thomas JACKSON, for the return of £790, alleged to have been lent by the deceased to Tomas Isaac CRITCHLOW, of Moorgreen, Crich, was continued until a late hour on Wednesday night at Derby. The jury retired just before a quarter to ten, and at ten o’clock they returned with a verdict for the defendants on the first count, relating to the £790, and for the plaintiff on the second, with respect to the promissory note for £150. His Lordship remarked that if he might say so he considered the verdict a very proper one, and in view of the length of time which the trial had occupied he would be glad to excuse the jury from further service for five years.
[Note: there had been a great many newspaper reports about the ongoing progress of this case which began in November 1896.]

Derbyshire Times 11 March 1899
… an inquest at Kettlebrook, near Tamworth, on Tuesday, upon the body of George WHITE (20), a miner, belonging to Crich, who was drowned there in the canal there on Friday evening. Deceased lunched with another man named David KNEEBONE, and both were employed in the nightshift at Hall End Colliery. It is supposed that the deceased took the wrong turning and fell into the canal, striking his forehead against brickwork. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned.”

Derbyshire Times 11 March 1899
In all country villages, the Sexton holds a high position in local matters, and is always looked up to buy his fellows with respect, if not veneration. In few places is there a better example of the typical Sexton than at Crich – the little village on the hillside, famous for its landslip, and if the fears of many of its inhabitants are to be relied upon, destined to become still more famous by the slipping of its “Stand.” The appointment of Sexton carries with it many duties, chief amongst which are the preparation of the graves in the churchyard for the reception of the dead, attendance at marriages and other services, where formerly it was the duty of this functionary to make the responses in answer to the officiating clergyman. The appointment is for life, and one time it was required that the nominee should be a Clerk in Holy Orders, but this stipulation, like many old time customs and usages has been removed. John WETTON, the clerk and Sexton at Crich, is almost cash typical as the old Sexton at Combe Martin (Devonshire), rendered famous in one of the novels by Marie Corelli. For over 40 years has WETTON filled the important post at Crich, and for 300 years different members of his family have officiated in the same capacity. John can assuredly sing with the old Sexton “I gather them in,” for in his 40 years of office he has buried no less than 2350 people, not including stillborn children. Some of his “subjects” have been interesting characters. Three were over a hundred years old, viz., Elizabeth GREATOREX 102, Sarah SELLORS and Joseph BLAND. Sarah SELLORS was a very hale and hearty old lady, and often walked to Alfreton market and back,, a distance of 10 miles, when over 90 years of age. BLAND was brother to the murderer who was hanged for the Stanley Hall tragedy. Twenty-one were over 90 years, before WETTON was called to officiate, 119 over 80 years of age, 280 over 70, and 230 had passed their 60th year. Among the prominent villagers over 80 who have gone to their long rest during WETTON’s reign are Jacob WALL, John HARDSTONE, Hannah BRYAN, Elizabeth SELLORS, Zac GREENHOUGH, John GAUNT, Job LIMB, William WESTON, and John ABBOTT. During these long 40 years, John has assisted to tie the nuptial knot in 850 weddings, and seen the departure of several vicars – truly a marvellous record.
[Note: The brother to Joseph BLAND mentioned was William BLAND who was one of three co-murderers publically hung at Derby on 4 April 1843.]

Derby Mercury 15 March 1899
John BOLLINGTON and John SMITH were charged, on 26 February, with being drunk Crich. Police-constable COSGROVE gave evidence. Both defendants pleaded guilty and BOLLINGTON was fined 7s 6d and costs and SMITH 5s and costs.
German BOLLINGTON pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Crich on 27 February. Fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Times 25 March 1899
At Belper on Thursday, Arthur GRATTON and James BERESFORD, joiners, of Crich, were fined 5s and 10s costs respectively for being drunk and disorderly at Ambergate on March 11. The former gave a wrong address.

Long Eaton Advertiser 1 April 1899
The polling for parish councillors took place on Monday evening in the National schools. Mr MEGGITT, of Sheffield was the deputy returning officer, assisted by Messrs J. DAWES and A. HAYNES; out of list showing 629 electors scarcely more than 200 voted. The results showed Messrs BOWER, DYSON,DAWES, LEE, SIMS,ACRAMAN, ELSE, HINTON, and GLOSSOP elected, and the defeated candidates were Messrs WALTERS, MARTIN, HAWKES, COLLINGTON, and BRAMLEY.
Mr S. BOWER headed the poll and is the new member of the council. All the others are old members. Mr HAWKES is a member of the old council who is defeated.
The election of parish councillors for Crich took place in the Parochial School on Monday. There were 14 candidates for nine seats. Mr S. BOWER, who has not been on the council previously, was returned at the head of the poll. S. BOWER, clerk, 157; J. SIMS, merchant, 153; W. GLOSSOP, manufacturer, 134; J.T.LEE, grocer, etc., 126; Rev W ACRAMAN, vicar, 125; J HINTON, stockinger, 124; R.DAWES, Draper, 123; H.DYSON, schoolmaster, 102; C.J. ELSE, gentlemen, 100. The foregoing nine were declared duly elected by the returning officer. The following were not elected: Nathaniel HAWKES, clerk 98; F. MARTIN, factory hand, 93; E. WALTERS, minister, 60; J. COLLINGTON schoolmaster, 57; F. BRAMLEY, mechanic, 28.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 7 April 1899
On March 29, at Crich, Joseph CURZON, aged 50 years.
On March 28, at Crich, Ellen RAWSON, a 71 years.
On April 4, at Park-gate, Crich, Hannah Emily POYSER, aged four months.

Derbyshire Times 8 April 1899
George HOUSLEY, Crich, described as a fireman, was charged at Belper on Thursday with driving a cart on the highway without a lighted lamp attached. P.c. COSGROVE proved the case, and said it was nearly two hours behind lighting up time.

Belper News 28 April 1899
Mr J. DAWES, collector of Crich, sent in his resignation which was read. It seems that he has disappeared. Mr DEXTER thought that the Board or to make enquiries about these collectors. They knew nothing about most of the cases. He thought they went wrong owing to drink. (Laughter). The resignation was accepted and the usual instructions for the appointment of a successor given. The Clerk said that he had given notice to the Guarantee Society in regard to the deficiency.

Belper News 5 May 1899
On Friday afternoon last, William FLINT, aged 35, of Crich Carr, near Matlock Bath, was following his employment as a quarryman in one of Mr Anthony SIM’s quarries, where he met with a serious accident, a large quantity of stone falling upon his leg and severely crushing it. He was removed to the Derby Infirmary and detained.

Derbyshire Times 6 May 1899
On Friday an accident occurred to quarryman named William FLINT, at Messrs SIM’s stone quarries, Crich Carr. It appears the unfortunate man was engaged in moving a large block of stone by means of a crane and chains, when it slipped forward, knocking him down, and before he could get clear the stone fell on his leg, nearly severing it from the body. Amputation was necessary. Dr MACDONALD, of Crich, was sent for, but when he had arrived the man had been taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in a trap. The victim of the accident which occurred on Thursday last now lies in the opposite bed to FLINT at the Derbyshire Infirmary. LYNAM, we understand, is going on as well as can be expected.
[The LYNAM mentioned would be George LYNAM, coachman to Miss HURT, see following article]

Derbyshire Times 06 May 1899
The Bishop of Southwell held a Confirmation at the Crich Parish Church on Thursday evening. After the service, the horse attached to Miss HURT’s carriage bolted, and came in contact with a wall. The coachman was thrown from his box, and fractured his thigh, Miss NIGHTINGALE was thrown from the carriage, and remained unconscious for a long time. The driver, George LYNAM, was removed to Derby Infirmary.

Belper News 19 May 1899
J BOLLINGTON, and John MARTIN, quarryman, of Crich, were charged with trespassing in pursuit of game on the land of Mr H. MOUNTNEY at Crich on 14 of May. Francis TAYLOR, gamekeeper, stated how he had watched the defendant dig a hole with a spade. G: COWLISHAW gave corroborative evidence, and the defendant find £2 and costs each, or a month each hard labour.

Derbyshire Times 20 May 1899
Edward BOLLINGTON, Luke WRAGG, and John NEEDHAM, quarrymen, in the employ of the Butterly company, were charged at Belper, on Thursday, with absenting themselves from work. Damages of 2s 6d were claimed. Mr FERMOR, of Ripley, said the men left without notice, and the case was taken as an example. The defendants had 9s each to pay.

Derbyshire Times 3 June 1899
John PIGGIN was at work at the Cliff Quarry, Crich, which belongs to the Clay Cross Company, on Saturday morning, when in the course of his duty he had to climb the face of the rock. He had reached a distance of about 30 feet when he slipped and fell on the rocks below. The injured man was removed home, where he received the attention of Dr MACDONALD, of Crich. It was found that he was suffering from a compound fracture of the right forearm, and there were and bruises about his head and body.

Derbyshire Times 10 June 1899
Miss Mary Ann NIGHTINGALE, aged 58 years, who was companion to Miss HURT, of Chase Cliff House, near Crich, died on Friday night as the result of a carriage accident which occurred on the 27 April. The deceased had the base of the skull injured by being thrown from the drivers box of a brougham after attending a confirmation service at Crich Parish Church. The Bishop of Southwell had left the edifice, and was being driven to Chase Cliff, followed by a second conveyance. The horse was in charge of a man named LYNAM, an experienced hand. Suddenly the animal bolted down the village, and came in contact with the wall adjacent to the National School. The carriage was turned completely over, Miss NIGHTINGALE being thrown from the vehicle with great violence. She was rendered unconscious. Dr MACDONALD had the lady removed home, where it was discovered the base of the skull was severely fractured. Deceased lingered until Friday night, when she succumbed to the injuries. An inquest was held at Chase Cliff House, on Saturday afternoon, by Mr WHISTON, the district coroner, when the jury returned a verdict of “death from fracture of the base of the skull caused by a carriage accident on April 27.” Miss HURT, an old lady, was very much shaken, and the coachman was injured in the same mishap. The deceased was in no way related to the lady who nursed our soldiers in the Russian war.
[Note: Miss HURT’s grand niece Miss Dorothy HURT was also in the carriage]

Derbyshire Times 10 June 1899
Ellis BERRESFORD and Thomas COWLISHAW, of Crich, on 21 May, had partaken of the cup that cheers too freely, with the result that it landed them in trouble. Their thirst was not satiated, and they called at the licensed premises of Walter HARRISON at Moorwood Moor for one more drink. This was refused, and both men had to be forcibly ejected from the premises. For this conduct at the Alfreton Police Court last Friday,BERRESFIRD had to pay 19s, and COWLISHAW 29s.

Derby Mercury 21 June 1999
William WILLGOOSE applied for a temporary licence to sell at the Greyhound Inn, Crich. Granted.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 7 July 1899
On July 1, at Crich, Hannah Eliza COWLISHAW, aged three years.

Belper News 14 July 1899
George MELLOR, shoemaker, Crich, was fined 5s and costs for being drunk and disorderly at Crich on 3 July.

Belper News 21 July 1899
On Saturday, at the Nottingham Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ripley, the marriage of the Rev W. BRIDGE, so of Mr W. BRIDGE, of Codnor, and Miss Sarah Jane VALLANCE, daughter of the late Mr W. VALLANCE, of Crich, was solemnised. The bridegroom is a Primitive Methodist minister, and is just leaving Hayward’s Heath, near Brighton, for Richmond.

Derbyshire Times 29 July 1899
Aaron COLEMAN and Isaac COLEMAN, brothers, of Crich, were fined 10s each and costs for being drunk and disorderly on July 12.

Belper News 4 August 1899
Mrs Sarah MARSHALL (of Crich), mother of Sgt MARSHALL, of this town, died today (Thursday) at the ripe age of 88.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 4 August 1899
On July 22, at Fritchley, Joseph STENSON, aged 71 years.
On July 24, at Crich, Elizabeth, daughter of James BARBER, aged 8 months.

Derbyshire Times 26 August 1899
[A report of the annual Brewster Sessions at Belper]
Crich population 3070, had 17 licences.

Derbyshire Times 23 September 1899
William COWLISHAW, quarryman, Fritchley, who was one of the idlers on September 7 when a certain charge was being hear (sic) from Crich, got somewhat inebriated. He had to appear at Belper again on Thursday on a charge of being drunk and disorderly, and was fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Times 30 September 1899
Crich Stand, or Crich Cliff as it is sometimes designated, the property of Mr A.F. HURT JP of Alderwasley Hall, was struck by lightning during a terrific thunderstorm which broke over the district on Wednesday about one o’clock. The houses were shaken by the storm and during its height it was noticed the electric current struck the famous landmark on the summit of the hill. A piece of stone was torn from the side of the Stand, but not much damage was done. The current appeared to glance off the circular formation of the tower, tear away heaps of earth and rock, and expend its force in the quarry below. The stand is 990 feet above the sea level, and from his altitude a vast expanse of country, many miles in extent, it may be seen.

Derby Mercury 4 October 1899
A terrible storm was experienced at Crich on Wednesday afternoon, the majority of the villagers being in a state of panic. The ancient edifice known as “The Stand” was struck by lightning, nearly 6 feet of it being torn away. There is also a large crack right up the centre of the tower, rendering it very unsafe. The ground in the vicinity, known as Crich Cliff where the well remembered slip occurred, is torn up. Four workmen, who were in a cabin at the foot of the cliff, stated that what seemed to them a huge ball of fire entered the cabin whilst they were seated therein, and then flew out again, tearing up the ground in its course. The Parish Church was also the scene of destruction, some feet of the walls being torn away.

Belper News 13 October 1899
At the magistrates clerk’s office on Monday, J. TOWNDROW, of Crich, was charged with stealing fowls at Crich on Saturday last. The defendant was remanded in custody until Monday next.

Belper News 13 October 1899
I understand that P.c. COSGROVE, of the Belper police force, and late of Crich, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, and transferred to Newall, near Burton on Trent, where he took up his duties on Thursday last.

Belper News 13 October 1899
At the Belper Petty Sessions on Thursday last Samuel SWINDELL, horse driver, of Crich, charged Jno JOHNSON, labourer, of Crich, with assaulting him on the 30 September at Crich. The complainant said that on Saturday night about half past ten and between Crich and Whatstandwell he met the defendant. Defendant asked him why he had not told his master that he had taken the gate of the hooks. Witness replied that he had not told him so. Afterwards the defendant struck him over the nose, and he thought the bridge of his nose was broken. Witness appeared in Court with a plastered nose and a black eye. The defendant was fined 10s and costs £1 0s 6d.

Belper News 20 October 1899
Aaron COLEMAN, quarryman, Crich, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Crich on the 8 instant.
George TOWNDROW, of no address, was charged with stealing two Minorca cockerels from the Greyhound Inn, Crich, the property of W. WILLGOOSE, on the 7 October. The fowls were valued at 9s.

Derby Mercury 25 October 1899
Thomas SHIPLEY was charged with being drunk and using obscene language at Crich on the 9th instant. Police-constable STATEN stated that he saw the defendant at Crich Carr. He was very drunk, and used filthy language. Defendant said he was singing, and not swearing. Timothy MARTIN gave evidence. He was present when defendant spoken to by the policeman. He was singing. The case arose out of a quarrel at Ambergate a fortnight ago. He did not use bad language. The song he was singing was “Rosey O’Grady.” Defendant said he did not use any obscene language till molested by the policeman. The Bench convicted and fined defendant10s and costs for being drunk and10s and costs for using obscene language.
Aaron COLEMAN pleaded guilty to being drunk and Crich, police-constable HAYNES proving the case. Fined 15s and costs or 21 days in default.

Belper News 15 December 1899
Private William SHELDON,1st Batt. King’s Royal Rifles.

Derbyshire Times 16 December 1899
On Wednesday last, at the Whatstandwell sawing and moulding mills, an accident befell Peter William TAYLOR, of Whatstandwell. TAYLOR and several others, were engaged in loading a railway truck in the Whatstandwell siding with new doors, and as he was stepping off the track onto the dray, the horse shied at a passing train, causing TAYLOR to be pitched backward, with the result that his head was severely cut. He was removed in an unconscious state to the Wheat Sheaf Inn, where he was put in a trap and conveyed to Dr MACDONALD, Crich, who attended to his wound. Mr TAYLOR is now progressing very favourably.
[Note: the national ambulance service did not start until 1948]

Derby Mercury 28 December 1899
Edward BOLLINGTON was brought up in custody charged with being drunk at Crich. Police-constable MORLEY said he found him drunk on the Common. It was a cold day. Prisoners said he was very sorry, and asked for leniency. Fined 5s and costs.

Belper News 29 December 1899
Edward BOLLINGTON, of Crich, was drunk at Crich on December 9. He had been to a football match and got too much beer. Fined 16s including costs, or 10 days imprisonment.

Derbyshire Times 30 December 1899
The living of Crich is still vacant owing to the removal of the late Vicar, the Rev W ACRAMAN, who is in Derby prison, and is likely to remain there for the completion of his sentence, which, in the event of good character being returnable, means a period of incarceration of eighteen months. The trustees of the living, of whom there are five, are in correspondence with a view to making an appointment. The Bishop of Sodor and Man is the first trustee, Mr A.F. HURT JP is another, while two others reside at a great distance from Derbyshire. The churchwardens Mr I.N. HAWKES and Mr J.T. LEE, with the help of the Bishop of the Diocese, arrange for the services to continue as usual.

Derby Mercury 30 December 1899
Mrs Fanny PETTS was granted the transfer of an off-beer licence at Crich.