News Snippets between 1900 and 1904

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers between 1900 and 1904.

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.

The newspapers often recorded the pound sign with "l" not £ as transcribed.

During this period the dominant and frequent Crich reports were about the sports teams, and the extreme drunkedness of many of the Crich inhabitants. Poaching , minor assaults, using obscene language and affray were also common. These were usually by "the usual offenders" and so repetitive that they have not been transcribed.

Some of the transcriptions have had minor edits.

1900 newspapers

Long Eaton Advertiser 6 January 1900
On Wednesday last Messrs Watson and Son, of Alfreton, sold by auction at Crich the household furniture and belongings of the Rev William ACRAMAN, former vicar.
I understand there have been seven applications for the post of vicar at Crich. Let us hope for a brighter future yet Crich, and that the new vicar, who will be appointed early in the New Year, will work more in harmony with his parishioners that the last did. It is the feeling of some church people that the new vicar will go in for a musical service and replace the mixed choir.
Quite a sensation was caused in this village a few days ago. It was rumoured two persons were missing. No news of them could be heard from any source until three days later, when a letter was received by the father of the girl stating that they were happily married. They have since returned and are residing in “Belmont Hall”.

Belper News 12 January 1900
Licence Transfers
Fanny POTTS was granted a licence for an off-beer house at Crich. Licence was transferred from John William BINGHAM.

Belper News 26 January 1900
Francis Ralph MARSHALL, of Crich, late Private 3608, C Company, 1st Gloucesters
Born at Syston Hill, Bristol, in 1874, he was for ten years previous to joining the army with Mr BURTON, farmer, of Crich Common. In the seven years service he gave to his country he experienced some of the difficulties incident to civilisation among the hill-tribes of India. His company was early drafted to the seat of war, and pushed on to Ladysmith. He died there a soldier’s death; leaving, as is evident, many who respected and loved him as they do his memory. Confirmation has recently been received from the War-Office.
[Read more: F.R.MARSHALL ]

Derbyshire Times 17 February 1900
Miss Ellen WALKER, the proprietress of the King's Head Inn, Crich, die at the Derby Royal Infirmary on Friday after an operation for cancer of the breast. She had passed through the operation the day previously, and was apparently going on extremely well. The deceased was from 40 to 50 years of age, and was most highly respected by everyone in the village, and all who knew her. The King's Head belonged to her, and it had been in the family over 150 years. Her parents and grandparents had lived and died in the house.

Derbyshire Times 17 February 1900
Two men from Crich, and one from Fritchley, left their homes yesterday (Friday) for Derby, preparatory for embarkation for the seat of war. John GREEN and Joseph COLEMAN, both quarrymen, our reservists of the Grenadiers, and are splendid -looking fellows, standing over 6 feet. John William NOBLE, of Fritchley, also goes to the depot at Derby. He is a platelayer, and is going to the front. All three are married. They were entertained to dinner on Thursday by Dr MACDONALD, of Crich.

Derby Mercury 21 February 1900
A solemn and impressive, though happily rare ceremony, took place on Tuesday in Southwell Minster, where the Bishop of the Diocese, acting under the provisions of the Clergy Discipline Act, 1892, declared the living of Crich vacant – in consequence of the late incumbent, Mr. ACRAMAN, having been convicted at the last Derbyshire Assizes of serious misdemeanours and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour – and also formally deposed and degraded Mr. Acraman from Holy Orders.

Belper News 23 February 1900
Private William SHELDON, 1st Batt. King’s Royal Rifles.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 2 March 1900
On February 21, at the Dimple, Crich, Eunice GREAVES, aged 73 years.

Belper News 23 March 1900
Lieutenant Francis HURT, 1st Batt. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private William SHELDON, 4451, 1st Batt. King’s Royal Rifles
Private W. TAYLOR 2nd Vol. Batt. Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment)
Private J. COLEMAN, 1172,1st Derbyshire Regiment
Private J. GREEN, 1269,1st Derbyshire Regiment
Lance-Corporal LITCHFIELD, 5577 1st Derbyshire (Sherwood Foresters)
Quartermaster Sergeant George FOULDS, 5th Dragoon Guards
Francis Ralph MARSHALL, of Crich, late Private 3608, C Company, 1st Gloucesters

Derbyshire Times 24 February 1900

Sherwood Foresters photo 1900
Private W. TAYLOR, of Crich is on the back row, 4th from the left

Derbyshire Times 10 March 1900
The newly appointed vicar of Crich, who is a comparatively young man, of 35 to 40 years of age will come into residence in the last week of the present month.

Belper News 12 April 1900
“The Devils were begging for mercy!’
Private W SHELDON (of Crich) 1st Batt. King’s Royal Rifles, who was with General BULLER’s force when Ladysmith was relieved, writes as under: –

Letter from Private Sheldoen 1900


Letter Private Smith 1900

Derby Mercury 18 April 1900
Rev Henry Walter Cabell GELDART, MA, to Crich vicarage, Derbyshire.

Belper News 20 April 1900
Last Thursday morning Joseph LIMB, aged 64, a quarryman employed by Messrs Lewis and Son, of Crich, was at work, when he caught his foot in a bush and fell. He badly injured his leg, and on examination it was found he had broken it. He was accordingly removed as quickly as possible to the Derby Infirmary, where he was detained.

Long Eaton Advertiser 21 April 1900
We regret to note rather sudden death of Mr Robert HIDE, of Crich, which took place last Thursday night. Deceased was at his usual work the previous Monday. Mr HIDE was superintendent of the Primitive Methodist Sunday School, and will be missed very much in that capacity. The funeral took place on Monday.

Derbyshire Times 28 April 1900
The Rev HWC GELDART , the recently appointed vicar of Crich, preached his first sermon last week in the Parish Church, to a very large congregation, and impressed his parishioners with his eloquence and pleasing references to his desire to do justice to all, irrespective of denomination. The vicar was selected by the trustees without any application from him. One of the trustees is the Bishop of Sodor and Man, and Mr GELDART was personally known to him through being the principal of Wilsons College in the island. The living is worth about £400 per annum.

Belper News 1 June 1900
Sydney WHEATCROFT, 16, and Charles GREENHOUGH, 13, both of Whatstandwell, were summoned for using a catapult on the highway, at Crich on May 14 to the danger of passengers thereon.
Thomas THORNTON, 15, Robert GAUNT, 14, William HASLAM, 16, and William ENGLAND, 16, all of Crich, were summoned for playing football on the highway at Crich on May 19th.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 1 June 1900
On May 21, at Crich Carr, Mary RADFORD, aged 63 years.
On May 26, at Crich, Alice ELEY, aged 13 months.

Derbyshire Times 2 June 1900
On Monday at St Michael’s church, Crich, the marriage was solemnised between Charles George DAKIN, only son of Mr DAKIN, the Bower, Crich, and Ethel Mary SMITH, eldest daughter of Mr J SMITH, Sunny Bank, Crich.
[there followed a lengthy report of the marriage]

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 15 June 1900
On June 11, at Crich, Mary RADFORD, aged 47 years.

Derbyshire Times 18 June 1900
On June 11, Mary RADFORD, of Fritchley, for 26 years of faithful friend and servant of Mrs DUNN, “The TORS,” Crich.

Belper News 13 July 1900
… enquiry into the circumstances of the death of James LESTER, aged 74, framework knitter, of Crich, who was killed on the Crich Cliff railway line on the 4th inst.
[there followed a long report of the inquest and verdict; involved in the evidence were: Mr BOAG, J.T. LEE, John HOLMES, Samuel HEATHCOTE, James MELLOR, Ferdinand SMITH, James WRAGG. A verdict of “accidental death” was given.]

Derbyshire Times 28 July 1900
An accident occurred at Crich which terminated fatally last Thursday. Thomas COWLISHAW, of Fritchley, was engaged with Mr COUPE, of Crich, and, owing to the scarcity of labourers in the hay field, he was assisting Mr BURTON, a neighbouring farmer. A load of hay had been drawn to the rick and COWLISHAW was on the top of the cart, which did not appear to be sufficiently close to the stack. The cart was moved and in so doing this the load shot up. COWLISHAW was thrown to the ground and sustained injuries to the neck, from the effect of which he died. An inquest was held on Saturday and a verdict of “Accidental death”, returned. The deceased leaves a wife and eight young children.

Derbyshire Times 18 August 1900
The death of Mr Arthur SMITH, who carried on business as farmer and butcher at Crich took place on Thursday. The funeral took place on Monday in St Michael’s churchyard, Crich.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 24 August 1900
On August 18, at Fritchley, Crich, William CAULDWELL, aged 80 years.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 12 October 1900
On October 6, at Parkhead, Jane BOOTH aged three days.
On October 7, at Hagg Farm, Crich, Joseph FOX, aged 72 years.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 14 December 1900
On December 6, at Crich Common, Emma MELLORS, aged 44 years.

1901 Newspapers

There were lots of football notices about Crich Athletic in the papers (not transcribed).

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 11 January 1901
On Tuesday, Mr W.Harvey WHISTON held an inquest over the body of Sarah CURZON, aged 71, of Crich. Ellen Evangeline ROSS of Crich Common, stated that the deceased, who was her mother, was the widow of Frederick CURZON. The deceased had been residing with witness, and on Saturday last she complained of feeling cold. Witness took the deceased a little gruel. She died about three o’clock. She had been attended by the doctor for a considerable time. Dr MACDONALD stated that he was called in to see the deceased, who was quite dead. The cause of the best was syncope. The jury returned a verdict accordingly.

Derbyshire Times 19 January 1901
I hear with regret of the death, which occurred a few days ago, at Crich Carr, of Sam TAYLOR, who was two or three years ago one of the promising cricketers of Derbyshire. TAYLOR was but 23 years of age. For several seasons he played for Belper Meadows, and had an average of 33 runs in 1897/8. He played football both at Matlock and Belper until his health prevented a continuance of the exertion. He leaves a widowed mother.

Derbyshire Times 26 January 1901
At Crich the sad news caused the utmost gloom. Wednesday a minute bell was tolled and muffled peals were wrung.

Belper News 1 February 1901
Mrs TAYLOR, of Crich, desires to thank the very many kind friends at Crich, Belper and Matlock who have sent her letters of sympathy on the occasion of the death of her son Sam, the well-known local cricketer. The messages of condolence were so numerous that Mrs TAYLOR finds it impossible to send letters in reply.

Derbyshire Times 2 February 1901
[A lengthy report of the inquest into the death of Lewis Walker HARRISON who was employed by the Butterly Company as a gardener and groom. A horse shied and injured him. He died shortly later of a blood clot. A verdict of “accidental death”.]

Belper News 8 February 1901
John STOCKS, jun, aged 17 years, residing at Crich, met with shocking death on Wednesday night whilst at work. He was employed by the Clay Cross Company at the quarries at Crich, together with John WRAGG. They were at the top of the quarry engaged in loosening a large stone, using crowbars for the purpose. It is supposed a piece of rock broke away from a huge block, and struck the crowbar which STOCKS held. He was hurled to the bottom of the quarry, a distance of 60 feet. As he lay he was heard to murmur several times and then expired. Dr RANKIN, of Crich, was fetched, and he gave the opinion that deceased’s spine was broken. There were compound fractures to other parts of the body. The coroner for the district held an inquest and the Jovial Dutchman Inn on Thursday, and a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was given.

Derbyshire Times 4 May 1901
Mrs Margaret Emma PARE, of Plaistow Green, Crich, a lady of independent means, made application at the Belper Court, on Thursday, for a separation order against her husband, William PARE, stated to be a gardener ….
… The Bench made the order asked for.

Buxton Advertiser 29 June 1901
Tideswell sports
[a long report of the events and winners which included the following]
they had to thread a needle, hand it to an official, crawl under a pole, crawl under a sheet, walk under a ladder, jump four hurdles, get under two nets, then climb a pole, descend, pass through a suspended barrel, and wheel a barrel up a plank. R.PERRY, of Crich, and he richly earned the prize.

Belper News 2 August 1901
[James Thomas LEE applied for an off licence to sell wine and spirits to be consumed off the premises at a house and shop situate at Crich, of which Mary Ann LEE , of Crich, is the owner.]

Long Eaton Advertiser 2 August 1901
During the thunderstorm of Friday last, Alpine Cottage, the residence of Mr Samuel GRATTON, was struck by lightning, which caused considerable damage. The chimney was wrecked and some of the roof completely taken off. Mrs GRATTON , who at the time stood upon the hearth, had her arm badly scorched by the flash as it came down the chimney. We are pleased to say no further harm was done to her.

Belper News 2 August 1901
Recently the Times contained an advertisement from Mr William ACRAMAN, late Vicar of Crich, who was deposed from Holy Orders by the Bishop of Southwell under the provisions of the Clergy Discipline Act, 1892, has “taken the surname of his ancestor MONTEAGLE, by which he desires henceforth to be called.”

Belper News 16 August 1901
The extension of Crich church very ground is no longer a problem. The vicar (Rev CH GELDART) and Mr J.T. LEE and Mr S. BOWER (churchwardens) have taken steps to secure ground, which is stated will last over 60 years. The parishioners of Crich will be pleased to hear this. Perhaps it will not be out of place offer a suggestion to the church authorities. No doubt they will be aware of the intention of the committee in connection with the water scheme of making a reservoir at the town end, and as part of the ground taken in by the church will need to be filled up, owing to its being part of a disused quarry, why not run a small railway from the reservoir, and deposit the debris of one to fill up the other? The distance is not great, and it will be an easy way of using up what is taken out in forming the reservoir.
[A report of the closure of Crich Stand owing to its dangerous state. Repair was not possible owing to the quarrying having damaged the foundations]

Belper News 23 August 1901
Application for plans for some alterations in connection with the King's Arms, Crich, occupied and owned by Mr George WALKER, who proposed to erect a new clubroom. He also proposed to have communication with the interior and also access from the street. There was a similar arrangement as the proposed one in another house in Crich.

Derbyshire Times 24 August 1901
Mail advices from America report the death on July 29 of Mr Samuel ROE at Amherst, Lorain, Ohio, after a lingering illness from consumption. The deceased, who was only 38 years of age, was son of Mr Samuel ROE, late of Coddington, Crich Carr, and emigrated to America in 1883. The “Elyia Reporter” in an obituary notice, says: “He came to this county in 1883, locating in Amherst and associating himself with the quarries, with which he has ever since been connected. In 1887 he was married to Miss Annie BANCROFT, of Elyria, who, with two sons, survive him. Mr ROE was a man of sterling worth an earnest Christian character. For many years a faithful member of the M.E. Church, and superintendent of the Sunday School, both of which in his death sustain a great loss. He leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his early departure.” Funeral services were held in the Methodist Chapel, and were attended by the Masons and Foresters, of which Societies deceased was a member as well as the friends and relatives.

Derbyshire Times 24 August 1901
On August 16, at Crich, John FANTOM, aged 5 months.
On August 10, at Crich, William TAYLOR, aged 32 years.

Belper News 30 August 1901
On Sunday last the remains of Mrs Phoebe NELSON, of the Fish Ponds, Crich, were laid to rest. She was 93 years of age, and highly respected by all who knew her.

Derbyshire Courier 14 September 1901
On Tuesday last an interesting wedding took place at Crich. The bride was Betsy, the youngest daughter of the late Samuel SPENCER, of New Market Farm, Clay Cross, and the bridegroom Mr Henry WALKER, son of Charles WALKER, farmer of Crich. The service was solemnised by the Rev Mr MORREEN, vicar.
[There followed a full report of the wedding; note: the vicar of Crich at this time was Rev GELDART]

Derbyshire Times 7 September 1901
The new church for Dethick, Lea and Holloway, a new parish constituted by the order of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, which has been formed out of parts of the parishes of Ashover and Crich, and has a population of 1600 souls, received its first public introduction to the parishioners last Saturday.

Derbyshire Times 21 September 1901
On September 15, at Fritchley, Crich, Ann RADFORD, aged 80 years.
On September 70, at Fritchley, Crich, William Rueben TAYLOR, aged 7 months.

Belper News 27 September 1901
We have to record the death of Miss Florence STOCKS, daughter of Samuel and Emma STOCKS, Crich, at the age of 28, which took place on Monday last, September 23, after a short illness. Deceased was well-known in the village, through being a cripple. Much sympathy is felt for the parents and family in their sad bereavement.
The Rev J.H. PARKER, deacon in Holy Orders, read his licence to the Curacy of Crich on Sunday to large congregations. It is universally felt that he will work in harmony with the parishioners.
In connection with the death of President McKINLEY muffled peals were wrung morning and evening, the selected peals being Granser and Manchester.
[Note: Granser is probably the Grandsire peal]

Belper News 11 October 1901
[a long obituary on Joseph WITHAM. who died in Southport as J.P. ex-alderman, and prominent person in the district]
…. He was born at Crich, a village in Derbyshire, on 30 April 1833, the son of Joseph WITHAM, the village chemist. He obtained his elementary education at the Crich boarding school, and when his boyish days were over his father apprenticed him to the firm of Messrs Bradley and Nephew, grocers of Ashbourne. ……

Belper News 11 October 1901
A report that after much deliberation the COOP had decided to build a store at Crich.

Derbyshire Times 12 October 1901
On October 4, at Whatstandwell, Crich, Ethel Mae KIRKLAND, aged four months.
On October 7, at Fritchley, Crich, Annie TAYLOR, aged two months.

Derbyshire Times 19 October 1901
On October 9, at Whatstandwell, Crich, Bertha Louisa SMITH, aged 23 years.

Belper News 25 October 1901
The cookery lessons instituted by the Parish Council are well attended, the interest at first shown does not seem to flag. This only goes to show that Crich people know when they get hold of a good thing. Such interest as is being shown in this ought to inspire the Council to organise something else when these come to a close. It is pleasing to know that we have a Council who are endeavouring by their efforts to raise the standard of the community at large.

Belper News 1 November 1901
The death took place at Kimberley, Notts, of Mrs John SAXTON, on Saturday, October 26. The deceased was well-known in Crich, having until recently been a resident for many years in this village. The remains were brought to Crich and interred in St Michael’s churchyard in the family vault by the Rev W.H.C. GELDART, on Tuesday.
There is great need still for long lights in Crich, as there are still some very awkward and dangerous places – for instance, Crich Town end, where the three lane ends meet you; also Crich Carr Lane end, and these are two places where any time and nasty accident might occur. Perhaps counsellor F. MARTIN will bring this before the council’s notice as they are in or near his district. Whilst we congratulate our present council upon the good work they have done, we still look to them for greater achievements.

Derbyshire Times 2 November 1901
At Crich they have a diversion seen in that part of the county but seldom. One of the travelling circuses is paying the old-fashioned town visit.
Work is much brighter in the Crich district that it has been for some time past, which is a blessing, considering the time of the year coming on.

Derbyshire Times 9 November 1901
On November 4, at Crich, Sarah SHIPSTONE, aged 60 years.

Belper News 15 November 1901
We understand that police-constable MORLEY is leaving Crich very shortly and that two officers of the law are coming into the village. Great credit is due to our council for bringing this about, for Crich district is a very wide area for one constable. Police constable MORLEY goes to take a station at Dronfield. He takes with him the very best wishes of a very large circle of friends.

Derbyshire Times 30 November 1901
On November 20, at Crich, Lucy TAYLOR, aged 11 months.

Derbyshire Times 14 December 1901
A contract has been let to Messrs HAYNES and Son, builders, Crich, for a new post office in that village. It is in a central position in the marketplace. Mr HIGTON is carrying out the work apart from Government supervision.

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 December 1901
A snowstorm, accompanied by a gale of wind, raged over this district with greater severity last Thursday, interrupting traffic and doing a fair amount of damage, and telephone and telegraphic communication were suspended, wires been broken in many places…..
The snow quite a sight on the moors, some of the roads being impassable. At Crich Mr HIDEN was found lying in the snow. It transpired he had had a stroke. He was conveyed home, and only survived about 12 hours….

1902 Newspapers

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 3 January 1902
On December 27, at Fritchley, Crich, Elizabeth LYNAM, aged four months.

Belper News 17 January 1902
The surveyor also reported that an accident occurred to a Mr SIMS, of Crich, through being thrown into snowdrift. Mr SIMS claimed one guinea from the council for actual damage. He said the workmen of the council had contributed to the accident by not removing the drift. Mr LEE moved that the guinea be paid to Mr SIMS, this being seconded and carried.

Derbyshire Times 5 February 1902
On Wednesday last a few friends of P.c. William MORLEY (late officer in this parish) met at the Black Swan Hotel for the purpose of presenting him with a small present as a mark of esteem and memento of his services at Crich. Mr J.T. LEE made the presentation, which consisted of a gold-mounted ebony walking-stick, with the following inscription: “Presented to Wm. MORLEY by his Crich friends, 1901.” In a few well chosen remarks P.c. MORLEY suitably responded and left for Dronfield later in the evening, where he is now stationed.

Derbyshire Times 8 February 1902
[A long report of the court case against Hugh FLETCHER with several Crich residents and their occupations named]
Hugh FLETCHER (landlord of the Jovial Dutchman) P.c. PIDGEON (Crich constable); Fred MARTIN (secretary of the Crich Homing Society); Herbert SIMS, Harry WETTON, William WRAGG, Charles BROWN (friends of the landlord); George BRUMWELL (painter); William WILDGOOSE (landlord of the Greyhound Inn); William MARTIN (hairdresser); John BOWMER (fish and chip dealer); George BROWN (boot and shoe maker).

Derbyshire Times 8 February 1902
Mr G. OWEN, schoolmaster at the National School, and church organist, is about to leave Crich. The services he has rendered or appreciated, and will be recognised in a tangible form next week.

Belper News 14 February 1902
On Saturday evening, a lantern lecture, subject, “Life on our Public Works,” was given in the Primitive Methodist Church, Crich Carr … to very large and appreciative audience. The lantern views were manipulated by Mr F.W. BUNTING, supplemented by several selections by Edison's phonograph.

Derbyshire Times 15 February 1902
Mr OWEN, who has been headmaster of the Crich Parochial School for the last four years has been appointed to the head master ship of Kincote School, Leicestershire. On Tuesday he was the recipient of a very handsome and valuable present in the form of a marble timepiece given as a token of appreciation and respect from residents in the district.
The Band of Hope in connection with Crich Church and Church of England Temperance Society has now over 60 members.
The Crich Church monthly magazine announces that the parish church has been enriched by the gift of the most beautiful cloth for the Communion Table from Miss HURT of Chase Cliffe. Some very valuable gifts have been presented to the Church. The ladies working party gave a credence table, a brass desk for the Holy Table, hymn boards, and mats, besides a beautiful set of communion linen, but the cost of the last named was born by Miss Grace HURT, who also gave, last summer, a handsome brass lectern for the pulpit.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 21 February 1902
The death is announced of Miss HURT, of Chase Cliffe Hall, near Crich, in her 90th year. She belonged to one of the oldest county families in Derbyshire, the HURTs ranking among the chief gentry for many generations. The elder branch of the family appears to have had a seat at Ashbourne, and terminated about the close of the seventeenth century by the marriage of the heiress with a Byrom (sic). The HURTs have had a residence at Alderwasley Hall about 250 years. Chase Cliffe Hall was erected by Miss Elizabeth HURT and her sister who predeceased her by several years. Both the ladies were extremely charitable.

Derbyshire Times 22 February 1902
On the 14th February, at Chase Cliffe, Crich, Selina, fourth daughter of the late Francis Edward HURT, of Alderwasley in her 89th year.

Derbyshire Times 22 February 1902
The LEE family, of Crich, will celebrate their Jubilee as churchwardens at Easter. The late Mr James LEE was appointed Vicar’s warden half a century ago. He held the office 37 years. He was succeeded by his son, Mr J.T. LEE, will have attained 13 years record in a few weeks time.

Belper News 14 March 1902
We regret to have to record the death of Mr Samuel STOCKS, of the Royal Oak, Crich, who passed away very suddenly on the six instant, at the age of 66 years. Deceased, who was highly respected, was interred in St Michael’s churchyard on Sunday 19th, by the Rev W.H.C. GELDART, Vicar, many people gathering to witness the internment. There was a large number of beautiful wreaths sent by friends.
On Saturday last, the wedding took place of Mr Abraham ROE, of Cliffe House, Crich, to Miss Annie ANDERSON, of Holloway. Both parties are well-known and highly respected, and were the happy recipients of many useful presents.

Derbyshire Times 22 March 1902
The licence of the Royal Oak Inn, Crich, was on Thursday at Belper transferred from the late Samuel STOCKS to his widow, Emma STOCKS.

Derbyshire Times 3 May 1902
The wedding was solemnised at St Michael’s church, Crich, on Monday, by the Rev H.W.C. GELDHART, of Mr Arthur Dawes STOCKS, Crich and Misss Gertrude Georgina KEELING of Matlock. [a report of the marriage followed].

Derbyshire Times 24 May 1902
Mr A.F.HURT JP, has subscribed £10 towards the Coronation fund at Alderwasley. For the 350 population this is a handsome gift.
At Crich there is division about the celebrations in June. One or two of the Sunday schools do not feel disposed to join in the general festivities and wish to give the annual treat in preference to participating with the remainder of the village festivities. Let the contest fall. A dispute over the Coronation would be regrettable.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 6 June 1902
On June 3, at Crich, Ann BUTLER, aged 79 years.

Derbyshire Times 14 June 1902
The marriage of Miss HURT, of Alderwasley, and Mr ARKWRIGHT, of Wirksworth, has occasioned much interest in this district. At Crich Parish Church, wedding peals were wrung. The tenants of Crich Carr, on the Alderwasley estate, were entertained.
I notice that the choir and organ are close to the belfry in Crich Parish Church. There seems to be a strong feeling that the chancel would be a more suitable place for them, and this alteration I think would meet with general approval.
[The bride was Grace Emma Julia HURT, only daughter for Albert Frederick and Alice HURT]

Belper News 27 June 1902
[A long report on local celebrations for King Edward VII and Alexandra’s Coronation which should have occurred on 26 June 1902 but was postponed until 9 August owing to the King’.s indisposition]
VIEW the report Coronation 1902

Derbyshire Times 28 June 1902
A marble tablet, cut in the shape of a bell, was fixed in the belfry of St Michael’s church, Crich, on Tuesday, by the ringers , and the inscription will best convey the intention of the donors: “This tablet was placed here by the ringers of this church in recognition of the work of Mr J.T. LEE, parish churchwarden, in connection with the hanging of these bells; by his energy a sum of £170 was obtained. Ringers: W. PIGGIN, G. HOLMES, H. ALLWOOD, G.BROWN, J. PIGGIN, S.PIGGIN, Coronation Day, June 26, 1902.” Mr J.T. LEE and his late father held the offices of Vicar’s warden for half a century.
[Note: the date of the Coronation on the tablet is of course incorrect as it was postponed until 9 August 1902. View the tablet.]

Derbyshire Times 12 July 1902
License transfers at Crich
The licence of the Jovial Dutchman, Crich was transferred to James BOWMER.

Derbyshire Times 19 July 1902
On July 12, at Furnace Cottage, Oakerthorpe (the residents of her daughter), Elizabeth WALKER, aged 85 years, widow of the late Adam WALKER, late of Wadebridge. Interred at St Michael’s Church, Crich from Hollins Farm, July 15. Will friends please accept this (the only) intimation.

Derby Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, July 22, 1902
The members of the above assembled at the Central Stores, Albert Street, on Saturday last at 1.30, and were conveyed to Whatstandwell by brakes provided by Mr Jas Riley, of Osmanton Road. After a very pleasant drive they partook of a strawberry tea at Mr Green’s Tearooms, Whatstandwell, which meal was thoroughly enjoyed. After tea the party divided, some going to Crich Stand. At eight o'clock a start was made homewards, and after a delightful outing Derby was reached about 9.30.

Derbyshire Times 2 August 1902
A serious accident occurred on Tuesday morning to Samuel FLINT, a quarrymen in the employ of Mr J.SIMS, Whatstandwell. FLINT had hardly started to work the quarry known as the Bridge End, when a quantity of stone fell upon him, crushing his shoulder and the lower part of the body. He was removed home, where medical aid was summoned, and he is progressing favourably.

Derbyshire Times 16 August 1902
At Crich and Fritchley there was no organised demonstration, tea, or procession. Most of the programme was carried out in June, and the funds did not permit of further festivity. In the evening there were numerous decorations. Dr MACDONALD’s house, the “Kings Arms”; Mr J.T. LEE, Mr A. SIMMS, and Mr PERRY may be special mentioned for their attractive displays. The house of Mr H.B. BOAG, as seen from Ambergate Station, was very artistically decorated. Mugs were presented to all schoolchildren up to the age of 12 years.
[Note: this related to the re-arranged Coronation of Edward VII]

Derbyshire Times 16 August 1902
A fatal fall was reported to Sgt WYLES, who is stationed at Crich, on Friday night. John JOHNSON, who has lived at Fritchley for five years, and was employed by the Midland Railway Co. … was going home on a very dark night when he fell a distance of 14 feet and broke his neck. The deceased is stated to have a sister, but where is not known. She is the only relative those with whom the disease lived are acquainted. It is not clear whether the man was married or single, and when she came is a mystery. [a long report of the inquest followed]
A verdict was returned of “Accidentally killed by falling over a wall.” The same afternoon the remains were interred in the Parish Churchyard at Crich. A number of friends paid for the coffin, and the other expenses were paid by the parish, through the relieving officer Mr TWIGG.

Derbyshire Times 20 August 1902
Sale the stock in trade and household effects of Mr I. HUNT, bookmaker, Crich, who is retiring from business… [an itinerary followed].

Derbyshire Times 23 August 1902
Crich is renowned for the longevity of his parishioners. On Tuesday last there died one of his oldest, if not the oldest, inhabitant, in Mrs Mary HALL, in her 92nd year, who up to a few hours of her decease retained all her faculties, and was able to attend to her highly prized devotions and her business. She was the daughter of Mr Isaac WALKER, of Wingfield Park, an old land-owning and agricultural family, and married William Frederick HALL, the son of a neighbouring family of equally ancient standing. She has left two children, a daughter and a son, Mrs Frank KEELING, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Albert Wingfield HALL, who has been twice Mayor of the ancient city of Lincoln, and who bears the manorial name “Wingfield”. Of these children she wrote in her diary only a few weeks ago: “My dear good children who have never troubled or neglected their old mother during all these years.” She was broad in her religious views, which had become a part of her life, and did whatever she could for those who were in any way trying to do good, not disregarding the poor. She had lived under five Sovereigns, and could remember fully the rejoicings after victory at Waterloo. She was most interested on August 9 to have the Coronation service read to her, and remarked on the ceremony being most beautiful and leading up so charmingly to the crowning of the King and Queen. The interment took place in Crich Churchyard, where relatives have been laid for many generations, in the family vault.

Derbyshire Times 30 August 1902
Death has overcome three residents of Crich within the last week in the names of Mrs DEVONPORT, Mrs YATES, and Mr CURZON. This makes five who have passed away in a fortnight’s time.
The choir of St Michael’s Church, Crich, had their outing on Monday, two Blackpool. An enjoyable time was spent.
The children of the Crich Parochial School were presented with medals on Friday last, in commemoration of the Coronation of his Majesty the King.
A pretty wedding took place on Saturday last at St Michael’s Church, Crich. The contracting parties were Mr George ATKIN and Miss E BOLLINGTON, Crich. Miss Mary Ellen BOLLINGTON, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid, and Mr George HARPER, officiated as best man. The Rev MORRIN, Principal, Theological College, Isle of Man, solemnised the marriage.

Derbyshire Times 6 September 1902
The Jovial Dutchman, Crich, licence was transferred from Hugh FLETCHER to James BOWMER.

Derbyshire Times 6 September 1902
At the Parish Church, Crich, on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Francis WINDLEY, M.A., vicar of Holloway, and the Rev W.G. PARKER, curate, Crich, officiating, the marriage was solemnised between Mr Robert, son of Mr Thomas GREENHOUGH, of Crich, and Miss Eliza BROWN, eldest daughter of Mr George BROWN, Market Place, Crich, a well-known tradesman. The afternoon was fine, and a large number assembled to witness the ceremony.
[there followed a long report on the wedding and the gifts received; bridesmaids were Florrie BROWN, and Maria BRUMWELL; best man was James Henry DAWES]

Belper News 19 September 1902
Since the last quarterly meeting Brother Joseph WHITTAKER, of Crich, has passed to his reward, viz., on August 12, 1902. He was 83 years of age, and a local preacher of 40 years standing, being the oldest on the plan. He was one of the managers of the Crich British School. His funeral sermon was, preached by the Rev Thomas BODEN at Mount Tabor Chapel, Crich, on August 31. The deceased was lamented by all who knew him, he being universally respected.

Derbyshire Times 18 October 1902
The interment of Mrs WILKINSON, Crich Carr, whose death was announced on Thursday evening last, took place on Sunday afternoon in the Parish Churchyard, Crich. She was only 27 years of age, and much sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband.

Derbyshire Times 1 November 1902

Newspaper of Crich Excitement 1902

Derbyshire Times 15 November 1902
Three respected inhabitants have passed away this last week at Crich, in the persons of Mrs Hannah ENGLAND, aged 85 years, who died at Derby on Friday last, and was interned in Crich Parish Churchyard on Tuesday: Mr George FLINT, of Crich Carr, aged 75 years, passed away on Sunday night, and was interred at Crich on Tuesday: and Mrs Hannah WETTON, aged 75 years, who died on Monday, and was buried in the Parish Churchyard on Wednesday.

Derbyshire Times 13 December 1902
On December 7, 1902, at his residence, Rose Hill Cottage, Crich, George Ashbourne SMITH, a 85 years.

Derbyshire Times 20 December 1902
On December 14, at Culland, Crich, Arthur TODD, aged 19 years.

1903 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 3 January 1903
On December 29, at Bull Bridge, Crich, John CONQUEST, aged 2 months.
On December 29, at Park Head, Crich, Morris THORPE, aged 9 months.

Belper News 16 January 1903
[MASTER’S REPORT for Belper Workhouse]
Margaret ROLLEY (83), of Crich, died on January 2nd.

Derbyshire Times 24 January 1903
The death of Mr James WHITEMAN, of Crich, which occurred on Saturday, removed one of the best-known figures in connection with the Crich Wesleyan Chapel. For 21 years deceased officiated as superintendent and claimed a reputation for organising talent. He was much esteemed by all who knew him. Deceased work for J.T. LEE, Crich for 31 years. The interment took place on Wednesday in the Crich Parish Churchyard, the Rev H.W.C. GELDART officiating. The large congregation of sympathisers included the teachers, Young Men’s, and Young Women’s Bible Classes. As a tribute of respect the blinds were lowered along the route taken by the funeral cortege.
An alarming fire broke out on Saturday night at Fritchley, which resulted in gutting three thatched roof houses, tenanted by Messrs G.O. SMITH, W. ATKIN, and S. RODGER, and belonging to Mr James SLACK.
William MARTIN, of Crich, met with a severe fall down Hilts Quarries at Crich on Tuesday, which necessitated his immediate removal to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 23 January 1903
On January 14, at Crich, Olive BERRESFORD, aged 21 months.
On January 17, at Crich, James WIGHTMAN, aged 62 years.

Derbyshire Times 24 January 1903
J. BOWMER was transferred from Whatstandwell to Crich, W. BRUMWELL from Fritchley to Crich, R, PERRY and T.TAYLOR, from Crich to Whatstandwell.

Derbyshire Times 31 January 1903
On January 24, at Fritchley, Crich, Eliza AMATT, aged 67 years.
On January 25, at Crich Carr, Frances Olive MEE, aged 7 weeks.

Derbyshire Times 31 January 1903
Tuesday was a day of calamities at Whatstandwell. Mr Thomas HINDS, of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, met with a severe accident while he was mounting a ladder which leads to the hayloft. A stave gave way when he was nearing the top of the ladder, and he fell to the bottom, where he received severe injuries. Several teeth were knocked out, and he received a nasty gash at the back of the head. Medical aid was immediately summoned. The injured man is progressing slowly. Whilst Mr George LEE, grocer, was returning home from Crich at night he was taken suddenly ill. He was carried into Mr J. BOWMER’s, postmaster, where he was attended by Dr RANKIN, of Crich. His condition slightly improved, and he was carried home late at night. Another misfortune happened in the case of Miss J. HARRIS. While cleaving some firewood a piece suddenly flew up, hitting her just under the eye, causing a nasty gash. This was quickly attended to, and the young woman is progressing satisfactory.

Derbyshire Times 7 February 1903
On Friday a young man named Charles LIMB, of Crich Common, who is employed as a shunter at the colliery, experienced a miraculous escape from death. LIMB was engaged in the work of shunting, and was in the act of propping a wagon off a sideline onto the same metals as the engine, when the pole, some eight or nine feet long, which was placed between the engine and wagon, broke in two, and LIMB was struck in the side and hurled to the ground. Luckily, he felt clear of the engine, and was not run over. Medical attendance was secured, and LIMB was conveyed to his home in the colliery ambulance, and he now lies in a precarious condition.

Derbyshire Times 11 February 1903
For sale all those two valuable freehold messuages or cottages, situate at Morewood Moor, in the parish of Crich, on the road leading from Crich to Wessington, and now the occupation of Henry DEGG and Isaac PYTILA, and producing a rental of £14 6s per annum.

Derbyshire Times 21 February 1903
On 12 February, Mr J. ASHBEY, of the Carr Farm, Wheatcroft, near Crich, was suddenly seized with an illness and died after an attack extending over a few hours. Deceased had suffered from an ulcerated stomach for two years and a half, and was medically attended by Dr RANKIN, of Crich…. a verdict of death from sudden rupture of the stomach was returned. The deceased was 60 years of age.

Derbyshire Times 28 February 1903
On February 20, at Crich, John LACK, aged 29 years.
On February 22, at Crich, John PARKER, aged 66 years.

Derbyshire Times 7 March 1903
Mrs WHEATCROFT and family (Crich) thank one and all kind friends for their kind sympathy towards them during the time of their bereavement, caused by the loss of son and brother – Sydney Maurice WHEATCROFT, who was killed on the Midland Railway at Ashwood Dale Siding, near Buxton.

Derbyshire Times 14 March 1903
The funeral service of Mr S.M. WHEATCROFT, of Crich Carr, was preached on Sunday evening last in the United Methodist Free Church, Crich Carr, by Mr John BOWMER and Mr G. HARRISON.

Derbyshire Times 14 March 1903
In loving memory of Samuel STOCKS, the beloved husband of Emma STOCKS, of Crich, who died March 6th, 1902. He is gone but not forgotten.

Belper News 27 March 1903
In the neighbourhood of Crich, Dethick, Lea and Holloway and Fritchley, the most intense excitement existed. After the first period of fright it was feared that an upheaval of a serious nature had taken place. The scene in several of the quarries at one time assuming one of consternation. That it was no ordinary shock, due to causes which the hardy quarrymen are accustomed to, was soon realised. But this only tended to intensify the alarm, for the men knew well the gravity of a serious upheaval, so that it was small wonder that they were so apprehensive.

Derbyshire Times 28 March 1903
On March 23, at Crich, Mary PERCIVAL, aged 74 years.

Derbyshire Times 18 April 1903
The paragraph about the magnificent shepherd dog owned by Mr J.H. NASH, of Coddington, which appeared in the “Notes by the Way” column of the Derbyshire Times last week has caused considerable interest in the district. Mr NASH wishes us to correct the information in one small particular, viz., in regard to the distance traversed by the dog with papers. “Several miles” was mentioned, but Mr NASH says this is somewhat exaggerated and he does not wish the sagacity of the animal to be in any way enlarged upon. We are sure that anyone who knows Mr NASH would acquit him of any such desire nor was such the intention of our correspondent who furnished the information. We also gathered one or two other interesting particulars concerning this dog. It appears it takes a paper daily to Mr Moses STORER, at the bottom of Alderwasley Park, and commenced to take the paper when six months old. She has delivered up to the present at a rough estimate, between four and five hundred papers without a single failure. If Mr STORER is not at home and she cannot leave it, she brings the paper back to her master. She frequently delivers papers to Mr SIMS, Coddington, Mr Fred HASLAM, Coddington, and every morning to Mrs John Isaac LEES, near to Crich Vicarage. The paper for this customer is given to the dog near Crich Cross.
The dog in question is a perfect picture as regards marking and is a magnificent specimen of the English Shepherd class. As many enthusiastic dog lovers have remarked: Landseer never painted a finer animal, and the dog as we have shown is as intelligent as she is handsome. Mr NASH has had several offers from London publishing houses to publish particulars and a photograph of this remarkable animal which frequently delivers newspapers from a quarter of a mile to a mile distant, but has not as yet accepted any of the offers. The animal is a bitch and was born in June 1900. We have had ample proof from numerous independent sources of the sagacity of the animal.

Derbyshire Times 22April 1903
On April 13, at Fritchley, Crich, John Philip HOLLAND, aged three months.

Derbyshire Times 22 April 1903
The event was one of very great social importance to most parts of the County, where the families are widely known for their noble generosity or by reason of their aristocratic connections. The bridegroom was Mr Francis Cecil Albert HURT, the heir to the estates of Alderwasley, Ashleyhay, Caster, Crich, and Heage. The bride Miss Isabel Clara, second daughter of Ald G.H. STRUTT JP, High Sheriff of the county.
[there followed a long report of this marriage]

Derbyshire Times 25 April 1903
Mrs BOWER, relict of the late Mr Samuel BOWER , of Derby, died at Belper in her 74 year on Saturday. The deceased was sister of Mrs Jabez BROWN, of Belper, and had resided here some 18 years. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr Joseph WITHAM, of Crich. The remains were interred in Crich Churchyard on Wednesday, the vicar (Rev T.C. GELDART) officiating. Mrs BOWER had been a prominent religious worker at that parish, where she taught in the Sunday School, and where her father and mother had lived and died. Deceased leaves no family. Death was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the brain.

Derbyshire Times 2 May 1903
William MASON, eldest son of Mr James MASON, Crich, sets sail on May 7 from Liverpool on the Tunisian for Québec, when he will take train for Toronto, where he will commence learning farming under the Government. I wish him every success.

Derbyshire Times 2 May 1903
The marriage of Mr Frank William MARSHALL, son of Mr William MARSHALL, of Woolley, near Brackenfield, to Martha Elizabeth, daughter of the late Mr Joseph Nightingale HOPKINSON, of Wheatcroft, near Crich, took place at the United Methodist Free Church, Holloway.
[a report of the marriage followed]

Derbyshire Times 23 May 1903
On Thursday, May 14, a new stained-glass window recently put into the chancel of Crich Parish Church was dedicated to the memory of the late Misses HURT of “Chase Cliffe.” Whatstandwell. The dedication service was conducted by the vicar (the Rev H.W.C. GELDART) whose short address appropriately fitted the occasion. The Rev R. HURT read the lesson. Amongst those present were the following: Mr A.F. HURT, MrsHURT, and Miss Constance HURT, of Alderwasley Hall, Miss Grace HURT, Mr O. HURT, Miss Emma ARKWRIGHT, Mrs GELDART, Mrs MACDONALD, Miss BOOTH, Mrs LAWSON, Mrs DUNN, Mrs Mansel JONES, the Rev H.E. and Mrs FIELD, Mrs JOHNSON, Mr J.T. LEE, and the Rev W.G.PARTREE. Mr C.W. NASH officiated at the organ.

photo: Peter Patilla

Hurt memorial window

The HURT sisters memorial window in St Mary's church, Crich

Derbyshire Times 13 June 1903
Considerable interest was evinced on Whit Monday by the inhabitants of Crich on the occasion of the marriage of Mr Joseph ALLEN, son of Mr Thomas ALLEN, Heage, and Miss Ann Ellen STOCKS, eldest daughter of Mr Charles STOCKS, painter and decorator, Spring Villa, Crich, the marriage ceremony was conducted by the Rev W.G.PARKER, curate, in the Crich Parish Church.
[there followed a long report on the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 20 June 1903
On June 10, at Crich Carr, William WESTON, aged 80 years.
On June 16, at Morewood Moor, Benjamin RADFORD, aged 62.

Belper News 3 July 1903
Mr J. BRYAN said he should like to know if Mr JACOBY was in favour of conscription. Mr JACOBY said he was strongly opposed to conscription, and he felt it his duty to on all occasions oppose it to the most of his power. Mr H. DYSON (Crich) said he hoped Mr JACOBY would oppose the question of conscription in its infancy, as the military drilling now been introduced into the schools was a preliminary measure. Mr JACOBY said he was not aware that the military drill in schools was preliminary for conscription. He considered it was good for the physical development of children (here here) But if it was an insidious device to put the nation in a form of conscription; it must be stopped.
[Note Mr DYSON was a Crich headmaster]

Derbyshire Times 4 July 1903
A very quiet wedding took place at St Michael’s Church, Crich on Sunday morning last, when Mr John MARTIN was the bridegroom and Mrs WOOLLEY the bride. Mr and Mrs R.HARRISON were best man and bridesmaid respectively.
The interment of Mr Job ELSE , aged 76 years, took place in Crich Parish Churchyard on Sunday. The Rev H.W.C. GELDART conducted the funeral service.

Derbyshire Times 15 July 1903
[a very long report into the tragic death of 17 year old John SELF, a labourer, son of Stephen SELF, once gardener at Chase Cliffe. The lad was drowned in the River Derwent whilst swimming with Charles DUNN a servant working at the Derwent Hotel. George FLINT attempted a gallant rescue, Sergeant WYLES attempted resuscitation. Dr MACDONALD attended later. A verdict of “Accidentally drowned whilst bathing in the river Derwent” was recorded at the inquest.]

Derbyshire Times 25 July 1903
Mr Stephen SELF, Wood End, Crich Carr, who has been in the employ of the late Misses HURT’s , Chase Cliffe, as gardener, for many years is now engaged as gardener for Mrs Shore NIGHTINGALE, Lea Hurst.
The contract for the new Branch Co-operative Stores of Ripley Centre, to be erected at Crich, has been let to Messrs HARRIS, of Marehay. The structure is, I understand, to be completed in three months at a cost of about £500.

Derbyshire Times 25 July 1903
At South Wingfield Parish Church on Tuesday the wedding of Mr Joseph ROGERS, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. RODGERS, of Crich, with Miss Caroline BRAMLEY, second daughter of Mr and Mrs A. BRAMLEY, of South Wingfield Park, was solemnised.
[There followed a report on the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 1 August 1903
On July 22, at Fritchley, Crich, Robert WHITE, aged 74 years.

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 August 1903
An inquest was held at Crich on Thursday with reference to the death of Mrs Elizabeth GREETON, a 76. The deceased had resided with her son, Mr Benjamin GREETON, farmer, of Crich. She went to bed about nine o’clock on Tuesday night, but the following morning she was found to be in a dazed condition. A doctor was at once sent for, she died almost immediately. Dr MACDONALD said death was due to failure of the heart, and a verdict accordingly was returned.

Derbyshire Courier 5 September 1903
In compliance with distress warrants issued from the Belper Branch of magistrates, on Saturday, superintendent VARDY sent several officers in plain clothes to remove goods from a number of houses at Heage, Crich, Duffield, and Milford. In all 14 houses were visited, and watches, cutlery, jewellery, and furniture were seized. All were taken to the police station at Belper, and impounded. The sales will take place about a week hence. There was no opposition, and everything passed off most amicably, the officers not having the least obstacle placed in their way.

Derbyshire Times 17 October 1903
On Monday the marriage of Miss J. STOCKS, daughter of Mr C. STOCKS, to Mr C. HARPER, was solemnised in Crich Parish Church.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 30 October 1903
Mr Sidney TAYLOR, coroner, held an inquest on Saturday relative to the death of James HUNT, bachelor, aged 55 years, who worked as a saddler. William SMETHURST said deceased formerly worked at Crich. On the morning he died he complained of having a difficulty with his breathing. Witness got him some whisky in a bottle. About one o’clock he found Mr HUNT lying down in an outhouse, and thought he was dead, because he shouted to him, and he did not answer. Sergeant BARNESLEY said he found the deceased quite dead, with froth at the mouth, though the body was warm. The body was moved into the house and searched, and witness found on him a silver watch, a brass chain, and a knife. On the table was a bottle which smelled very much of whisky. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.

Derbyshire Times 31 October 1903
James HUNT, a retired saddler, who died suddenly at Scarthin, Matlock Bath, left property to the value of about £700 and as he was a bachelor and illegitimate, leaving no will, the property goes to the Crown. His mother, who is married and lives at Crich is in receipt of parish relief. A verdict of death from natural causes was returned at the inquest.

Derbyshire Times 31 October 1903
The parish church of Crich has invariably, in recent years, been referred to as the church of St Michael. This, I am informed, is erroneous, the church was dedicated in honour of St Mary. The earliest known document relating to Crich Church is dated 1175. In this it is recorded that Herbert FITZRALPH, son of Ralph FITZRALPH, first Baron of Crich in the time of King Henry I, confirmed his church of St Mary to Darley Abbey. And in all later documents it is referred to as that of St Mary leaving no room for the least doubt as to its patron saint.

Derbyshire Times 12 December 1903
While cycling to work about 7.30 last Saturday morning to Lea Mills, George HAYNES, joiner, Crich, ran into a man named George BUTLER, whose skull was fractured, and he died on Monday. No blame is attached to the cyclist.

Derbyshire Times 19 December 1903
The funeral of Mr George BUTLER, of Crich, whose death and inquest was reported in this journal last week, took place on Thursday afternoon of last week in the parish churchyard. The Rev H.W.C. GELDART (vicar) officiated, and referred to the sadness of death under such circumstances. A large number of floral tributes were sent and an artificial wreath from descendants fellow work people at Lea Mills.[there followed a list of mourners].
The opening of the branch shop at Crich in connection with the Ripley Co-operative Society was a red-letter day for a large number of the inhabitants. A tea was held in the British Schoolroom, and entertainment followed in the evening.

Derbyshire Times 19 December 1903
Peter William TAYLOR, of the Hat Factory, Fritchley, died suddenly while at work on Tuesday. He was employed by the Butterly Company at their Bull Bridge works, where lime is drawn from kilns.
[He was working with Charles John BURTON, of Crich, when he suddenly died. Dr RANKIN attended and declared life extinct. TAYLOR was aged 49 years and married. An inquest was held at the Red Lion Inn, Fritchley.]

1904 newspapers

Belper News 8 January 1904
On Monday morning last one of the oldest inhabitants of this locality passed away in the person of Mr John ALSOP, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. He was a well-known and respected inhabitant of the village, and until infirmity and old age prevented him, was a constant worshipper and an active worker in connection with the Primitive Methodist Church at Crich Carr, having been a trustee of the old place of worship and also the present beautiful sanctuary in which the society and congregation now meet for Divine worship.
[There followed quite a long obituary and description of the funeral]

Belper News 15 January 1904
On Friday last Miss H.WOOD died at the early age of 20 years. She had followed her occupation at Lea Mills up to about two months ago. The remains were interred in Crich Churchyard on Monday last.

Derbyshire Times 20 February 1904
A youth named John SLACK, of Crich Carr, had the misfortune to get three fingers badly crushed at the wood works near Whatstandwell this week.
Crich parochial school is losing the services of Miss SCARFF, who taught all the infant class with great success for the last six years. A similar appointment has been accepted by Miss SCARFF at Wessington, and she will leave with the good wishes of many friends.
George SMITH, of Fritchley, an employee at the Wood Mills, Whatstandwell, had the misfortune to sustain a fracture of the arm and facial injuries while at work on Tuesday.
My readers will regret to learn of the death of Mrs SIMS, wife of the late Anthony SIMS, of Coddington Farm, Crich, whose death took place on Tuesday at Edgbaston, Birmingham, aged 63 years. The interment was at Crich churchyard.

Belper News 18 March 1904
We regret to record the death of Mrs F. BROCKLEHURST, of Crich, who passed away on Tuesday night, after a long and painful illness. interment took place yesterday (Friday) at St Mary’s Church, Crich in the family vault.

Derbyshire Times 26 March 1904
Mrs HEAPE, of Crich, wife of Mr John HEAPE, was interred in the Lea and Holloway cemetery on Monday. She was 59 years of age.

Belper News 27 May 1904
David Matthew BROWN, of the “Black Swan” Inn, Crich, applied for three occasional licences permitting him to sell in a field at Crich on the occasion of the Volunteer encampment on May 27, 28 and 29. The applicant was supported by captain LYNCH, who represented Colonel JACKSON. After a good deal of discussion as to the propriety of allowing civilians to purchase in the field, the Bench retired to consider the application. On their return the Chairman informed captain LYNCH that they granted the application provided that no civilian is allowed to purchase. a civilian would be allowed in the canteen as the guest of any member of the Volunteers, but he must not pay for anything he might have to drink. A further condition was that all civilians must be cleared away from the encampment by 10:30 PM. Captain LYNCH said that Colonel JACKSON was a county magistrate himself, and he would gladly see there was no irregularity.

Belper News 3 June 1904
The following resolution passed by the Crich Parish Council respecting the Whatstandwell footbridge was read: – “That inasmuch as Mr HURT’s tenant declined to enter into agreement with this Council to give up possession of a certain strip of land for the construction of a footpath and footbridge at Whatstandwell, and that the Parish Council cannot acquire land for such a purpose except by agreement, they recommend the Rural District Council to use what measures they think best, in order that the agreement of the Rev W.A. MONTEAGLE may be completed.”
[Note: The Rev MONTEAGLE was in fact the Rev ACRAMAN who had changed his name at the conclusion of his prison sentence. Originally he had gifted this land to the Council, on which he served, but had obviously changed his mind; possibly the result of his being defrocked as vicar of Crich.]
Read more: Whatstandwell footbridge

Derbyshire Courier 4 June 1904
The 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), a unit in the Sherwood Foresters Infantry Brigade, went into camp at Crich on Friday. The camp was situated on a hillside overlooking the long, straggling township, with its fine church, and facing one of the most charming scenes in Derbyshire.
[there followed a long report about the three-day event].

Derbyshire Times 4 June 1904
That this Saturday trips into the Peak district from Matlock are useful for those whose lady love reside in that direction.
That Crich Parish Fire Brigade will require waterproof hats and coats as well as hatchets, belts, and ropes.
That Sergeant GRUNDY, of the cyclists, was the prince of merry-makers in the non-com quarters at Crich Camp, but his bagpipes were missed.
That the Bungalow at Crich was innocently mistaken for an Isolation Hospital when the Volunteers were at camp in the Well Meadows.
[Note: the word "Chiel" (which rhymes with "peel") is a generic Scottish word for a person, such as "bloke" or "chap" in English]

Derbyshire Times 4 June 1904
I am told that a good many of the fairest of the fair sex in the Crich district were at Ambergate Station to see the Volunteers off on Sunday. Best Whitsuntide frocks were in great evidence.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 10 June 1904
An inquest was held at the Black Swan, Crich, on Monday, on the body of John William LESTER, aged seven, who had accidentally fallen from the arm of the sofa whilst playing, and died early on Saturday morning. The enquiry was conducted by Coroner WHISTON who elicited that the use only fell a distance of two feet six inches. There were no external indications of any injury. Dr RANKIN giving his opinion that death resulted through fracture of the skull. A verdict of “Accidental death” was brought in.

Belper News 24 June 1904
We regretted to record the death of Mrs A. GELSTHORPE, of Glennhurst, Belper, which occurred on Saturday morning. The deceased lady was a native of Wheatcroft, where her predecessors had resided many years. She quietly passed away in her sleep, as the result of heart failure. The interment was at Crich on Wednesday, the vicar was the Rev H.C. GELDART, performing the ceremony.

Derbyshire Courier 20 August 1904
A walking match took place at Crich on Saturday. The course was about seven miles, starting from the Red Lion Inn, Fritchley. The first prize was won by J. SMITH, Fritchley; second PYKETT, Middleton; third LICHFIELD, Fritchley. HODGKINSON was disqualified. There were 20 competitors.

Belper News 1 July 1904
On Tuesday last a wedding took place at the Crich Parish Church. The bride was Miss Florence WINSON, second daughter of Mr Alfred WINSON, Whatstandwell, and the bridegroom Mr George BALDWIN, of Wheatcroft. Miss P. BALDWIN and Mr F. BALDWIN, brother and sister of the bridegroom accompanied them to church. They were the recipients of many good wishes and a number of presents.

Belper News 22 July 1904
On Thursday, July 14, at the Wesleyan Church, Clay Cross, Ernest R. BULLOUGH, of the General Managers Department, Midland Railway, Derby, and youngest son of Mr and Mrs William BULLOUGH, of Wheatcroft, Crich, was married to Lillian Beatrice, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs K. DAYKIN, of Clay Cross.
[there followed a long report about the wedding]

Belper News 12 August 1904
About half past three on Sunday afternoon last a child of five years, named Cyril BARBER, fell into the river Amber while playing near the Saw Mills. Walter WOOTTON, a youth of 16 years, happened to be near, and after divesting himself of the heavier part of his clothing dived into the river, and brought the child from the bottom. When recovered the child was unconscious, and artificial respiration was resorted to. Dr McDONALD, of Crich, was soon on the scene, and under his attention the child is making rapid recovery. The water is 6 feet deep at the spot where WOOTTON jumped in. Though a fairly good swimmer, WOOTTON’s was a gallant action, and deserved more than passing recognition.
[Note: could be Walter WETTON]

Belper News 2 September 1904
Arthur BROWN, of Crich, was granted the transfer of a beer-off licence from Fanny PETTS, of that place.

Belper News 25 November 1904
Walter BOOTH was granted the temporary licence of the Kings Arms, Crich, from John WILDGOOSE.