News Snippets between 1905 and 1909

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers between 1905 and 1909.

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 (which are not included in the table); plus omissions which 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 pigeon racing, the sports teams, gardening societies 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 many have not been transcribed.

Some of the transcriptions have had minor edits.

1905 newspapers

Belper News 6 January 1905
There was a bunch of licence transfers. The King’s Arms, Crich, was transferred from George K. WALKER to William WILLGOOSE, and the Greyhound Inn, Crich, was transferred from WILLGOOSE to Walter BOOTH.
Addressing WILLGOOSE, the Chairman asked the applicant if it was true that a Football Sweepstake had been carried on at his house. Applicant admitted that it was so, and further admitted that the winner of the sweepstake was expected to pay for a quantity of drink out of his winnings. The Chairman warned the applicant that if the Bench heard of any such sweepstakes taking place in any licensed house in the district they would deal with the responsible persons as severely as they possibly could. The applicant promised that the sweepstakes should cease. BOOTH also admitted that similar sweepstakes had been held at his house, but said he had already ceased to allow them in his house.

Derbyshire Times 7 January 1905
On Tuesday the death of Mr DYSON, father of Mr Heyworth DYSON, schoolmaster, Crich British Schools, occurred at the age of 77 years. The funeral takes place today (Saturday).

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 13 January 1905
On January 9, at Crich, Mary DYSON, aged 75 years.

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 February 1905
A boy named William WRAGG, of Crich, received fatal injuries on Wednesday by getting under a wagon in the course of his employment at the Crich quarries belonging to the Clay Cross Company. He was found pinned under a vehicle taking stone from the quarries to the tip, and it took several men to release him. Death supervented on Wednesday evening, and an inquest will be held.

Belper News 24 March 1905
The replayed semi-final of the Belper Division of the Medal Competition, between Stretton and Crich, at Fritchley, resulted in a victory for the former by goal to nil. The game was all in favour of the Crich men, but they were unable to score. After playing for eighteen years, without a single complaint being made against him Rose PERRY is reported to the D.F.A. for rough (?) play. Ye gods, there should be another landslip at Crich in the near future.

Belper News 31 March 1905

Fritchley Cookery Class 1905


Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 31 March 1905
On March 23, at Crich, Lois Ann COWLISHAW, aged 35 years.
On March 26, at Crich, John WETTON, aged 71 years.

Derbyshire Times 1 April 1905
On Sunday morning there passed away at his cottage near the entrance to the Parish Churchyard at Crich John WETTON, who had been one of the most interesting personalities in the village. Everybody who knew Crich was acquainted with the parish Sexton, or gravedigger, as he was familiarly described. At the age of 71 he died last Sunday morning, just when the bell was beginning to toll for the services for the day. He had suffered from chronic bronchitis during the last five or six years and was unable to follow his occupation. The duties had been performed by his son-in-law John BOWMER. John WETTON was the son of one of the oldest families in Crich. They had been there generation after generation and follow the same occupation. When a youth the deceased was a lead miner, and before he was a score years he drifted into the “family profession” as Sexton. From the year 1639 as a stone in the church indicates the WETTON’s had been the diggers of grave there. They followed each other at distances of about half a century. “He was very funny, old-fashioned chap,” said one of his neighbours to a Derbyshire Times representative when enquiring about his career this week. And the delineation of “John” was not incorrectly given by his former neighbour, Mr Thomas TAYLOR. The deceased had buried quite 2000 people. From a record in his own handwriting we can state that as long ago as 1891 he had officiated at nearly 1900 funerals “besides stillborn children”. Among them were scores over 80 and 90 and three more than a century in years. In the last six years he had done very little more than superintendent duties of Sexton. His complaint had prevented him digging and delving into solid rock which forms the God’s acre around Crich Church and latterly he was obliged to walk with the aid of a couple of sticks, but while he could get about you regularly visited the scenes of so many years of toil. His wife has been the cleaner of the Church more than 40 years. There is a son of old John, but it is doubtful whether he will continue the work which the WETTONs have carried on for three centuries. This only male descendant resides in Scotland where he is following a trade. Four daughters are living. To the end deceased retained his faculties. The earth was heaped over his remains on Wednesday in a corner of the Churchyard where he had selected he should be laid, “with my head here and the grave deep enough to hold two.” It is a curious fact in connection with Crich Church there is another family which has completed more than half a century’s official life with it. The late Mr LEE was warden for the parish 37 years in succession, and his son Mr J.T. LEE has followed in the position 15 years and looks likely to reach the record of his parent, or surpass it. The funeral took place in Crich Parish Churchyard on Wednesday.
[there followed a list of mourners]
The Rev H.W.C. GELDART, assisted by Rev W.G. PARKER (curate) officiated. There was a large attendance.

Derbyshire Times 5 April 1905
In reference to the death of Beatrice OLDKNOW, whose parents reside at Crich, who was taken to the Isolation Hospital in November and died without the medical superintendent having seen her, a report was read from Dr R.G. ALLEN, During her time in the hospital she received every attention from the matron and nurses are nothing more could be done for her. She was admitted after the doctor had been at the place on one day, and the next he was engaged in a critical case and did not visit the hospital. The child died on the morning afterwards. The Hospital Committee had gone into the matter and express their entre confidence in what was done. Mr TOWSON, a member of the Hospital Committee, said the girl was admitted on the 21st November, and on the following day the doctor was away from a cause which was explained to the satisfaction of the committee. The doctor was late in reaching home and he did not go to the hospital that night, having a very urgent case to attend. The next day the doctor was on his way to the hospital when he heard the child was dead. The Matron informed the committee the child was taken suddenly worse and to her surprise died. Had the doctor been the Hospital on the 22nd he could not save the life of the patient.

Belper News 7 April 1905
The clerk read the report of Dr R.G ALLEN, the Medical Officer of the Isolation Hospital, on the case of Beatrice OLDKNOW, the Crich girl who died in the Isolation Hospital on February 21st. Dr ALLEN said the child was taken to the hospital about 9:30 PM on the 21st of that month and she died on the 23rd before he had time to see her. Every attention was given to the child by the matron and nurses, and nothing more could possibly have been done for her. The Isolation Hospital Committee had expressed their satisfaction with the report of the case. [there followed a report investigating whether the doctor was guilty of neglect].

Belper News 14 April 1905
John BOLLINGTON, a Crich quarryman, pleaded guilty to a charge of “rabbiting” on Sunday last against him by Frank TAYLOR, an Ambergate gamekeeper. TAYLOR proved the case, and said defendant had stopped at a rabbit’s burrow with a stone, and was digging up the ground with a garden fork. Defendant hid himself in a rabbit’s burrow (Loud laughter). This was BOLLINGTON’s 25th appearance, and he was fined £1 14s, in default 14 days imprisonment.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 21 April 1905
On April 11, at Crich, Alfred BOWMER, aged 10 months.

Belper News 28 April 1905
A 13 year old boy named Walter CURZON, of Crich, was charged with stealing parts of two carriage lamps belonging to Richard ASTLE, a mounted policeman, who is employed between Matlock Bath and Holloway. The stable occupied by complainant was broken into and the oil lamps taken. Asked why he had done this the lad replied he did not know. The Bench heard the boy had taken the things for a freak, and the case was dismissed, as there was no felonious intent.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 April 1905
[An unclear entry about the inquest into the death of Ann SLATER; her daughter was Mrs ANN WHITTINGHAM; death was due to syncope.]

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 12 May 1905
On May 5, at Crich, Richard Whitworth BIRD, aged 50 years.
On May 7, at Fritchley, Charlotte CAULDWELL, aged 2 years.

Derbyshire Times 13 May 1905
On the 3rd inst at Rochdale aged 2 ½ years, Evelyn, only beloved daughter of Mr and Mrs A. MERCER, Crich.
On May 5 at Coddington, Crich, Richard Whitworth BIRD, aged 50 years.

Belper News 19 May 1905
On May 11 the marriage took place of Mr John BOWMER to Miss Annie Margaret FLETCHER, both of Fritchley. The Rev W. GELDART (vicar) officiated. Mr Joseph BOWMER was the best man. [ there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 3 June 1905
The interment of Mrs TAYLOR, wife of Mr Thomas TAYLOR, who died aged 55 years, and of Mr William HYDEN, who was 29 years of age, took place in Crich Parish Churchyard on Tuesday, the Rev H.W.C. GELDART officiating.
Isaac COLEMAN, of Crich, received his discharge from Derby Infirmary on Tuesday, having entered the institution for an operation, which was quite successful.
Thomas COWLISHAW, of Crich, by his presence of mind this week saved a fellow workman from serious, if not fatal injury. Whilst at work at the Cliffe quarries his companion Joseph SMITH, slipped on the edge of the quarry, and but for the timely assistance of COWLISHAW would have fallen a distance of 50 feet.

Derbyshire Times 10 June 1905
On Tuesday had Crich Church the marriage of Mr Joseph PAYNE, eldest son of Mr Joseph PAYNE, Valley Farm, Heage, to Miss Florence Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr Joseph R.S. SMITH of Crich took place…
The ceremony was performed by the Rev H.W.C. GELDART, vicar of Crich, and afterwards the guests were entertained at Ashbourne House, Crich. The bells rang merrily the rest of the day. The honeymoon is being spent at Morecambe Bay
[there was a long report listing the many presents received and descriptions of what everybody was wearing]

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 13 June 1905
A meeting of the Crich Celery and Cottage Garden Society was held at the Kings Arms Hotel on Monday night. Mr F. MARTIN presiding. It was decided that no member be allowed to compete with only coloured asters, all varieties of stocks being excluded from competition.
The Crich Homing Society held their fifth old birds race on Monday from Guernsey, a distance of 255 miles, 41 birds being sent by eight competitors. When liberated the weather was all that could be desired, a good north-westerly wind blowing. The first pigeon in flew the distance with a velocity of 800 yards per minute. The chief prizewinners were Messrs SULLY, WARDLE, HODGKINSON, BOWMER, and TAYLOR Bros.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 30 June 1905
In connection with the Crich Football Club, a smoking concert was held in the Wheat Sheaf Hotel on Saturday night in aid of Harry. BOWMER, who was very severely injured in a recent football match. A good sum was realised. The chief instrumentalists were Messrs. MARTIN, HOLMES, SELLERS, HARRISON, BARBER and DAWES. Afterwards Mr C.J. ELSE presented 20 medals, the prizes to the club in connection with the Mid-Derbyshire Junior League.
[Note: Smoking Concerts were usually live musical concerts for “men only”.]

Belper News 7 July 1905
Alfred SIMS, the Crich rate collector, was summoned by George HODGKINSON, of the same place, for shooting two pigeons the property of complainant, on June 27.
[there followed an extensive account of the disagreement between the two persons and the court case]
After several minutes consultation, the Chairman said the majority of the Bench were in favour of a conviction. Asked the value of the pigeons, HODGKINSON said the one that was killed valued at a sovereign.
Mr STRUTT: you said 2s 6d a short time ago (Laughter).
Defendant was fined 5s and ordered to pay the costs 17s and 5s for the value of the pigeon.

Derbyshire Times 15 July 1905
The inquest on the body of the man William Frederick RADFORD, who fell eighty feet down the face of the Walker Wood Quarry at Whatstandwell on Thursday the 6th inst.
[there followed a lengthy report of the inquest into the accident, initially held at Green’s tearooms, then afterwards at the Derwent. Hotel. The deceased was 31 years of age, leaving a widow and one child. The widow was Mary Ann RADFORD. Giving evidence were: Mr F. COWLISAW (manager), Mr SIMS (owner), William CURZON, (of Longway Bank), and Sam SLACK.]
The verdict was “Accidental Death” and the jury passed a vote of condolence with the widow.

Derbyshire Times 15 July 1905
After a short illness, Mr Samuel Walker PIGGIN, of Crich, passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 63 years. Deceased had worked at the Cliffe Quarries as a stone fitter, and over 40 years and been a Church bellringer, a position which will not easily be filled.
The remains of Mr William Frederick RADFORD, a highly respected resident of Crich Carr, whose death was reported in this column last week, were interred in Crich Churchyard on Saturday, in the presence of many old friends.[there followed a full report of the funeral listing many of the mourners and their relationship to the deceased.]
As will be seen from the marriage notice in another column the wedding took place last week at Tideswell of Mr Hedley BENNETT, of Crich Carr, and Miss M.E. PLATT.

Belper News 14 July 1905
The funeral of the victim of the quarry accident took place on Saturday last. The first part of the burial service was conducted in the Crich Carr Primitive Methodist Chapel, deceased being a member of that church. The service was conducted by Mr F. COWLISHAW. The remains were then borne to Crich Church, where the Rev W.C. GELDART, vicar of Christ, officiated. The body was enclosed in a coffin of solid English oak, with brass fittings and a plate bearing the inscription: William Frederick Radford, died June 6th, aged 31 years.[there followed a report of the funeral] … A touching incident in connection with the affair is the fact that deceased sister Mrs WILLIAMS, is over here on holiday, having recently landed from America. Deceased leaves a widow and one child, and was a steady industrious workman, and respected throughout the district.

Derbyshire Times 15 July 1905
The wedding took place at Crich church on Wednesday in last week of Mr Harry PETTS (Alderwasley) and Miss Hilda WRAGG (Crich Carr) The vicar of Crich officiated. [there followed a long report of the wedding listing all the gifts].

Belper News 21 July 1905
An accident occurred on Saturday night in Stones-lane, Crich, a workman named C. CARTER having his leg shockingly injured. CARTER accidentally got under the horse, which was drawing a load of hay from the field, and the same passed over him, causing the injuries described. W. BARNES (St John ambulance) rendered first aid, and Dr RANKIN, who was soon in attendance, ordered his removal to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Derbyshire Times 22 July 1905
A Crich farmer, named Thomas SHIPLEY, pleaded guilty at Belper, on Thursday, of being drunk on July 7, and having nothing to say was fined 5s and 5s costs. Pc, GODDARD proved the case.

Derbyshire Times 22 July 1905
Three Crich labourers, named George SMITH, Ernest HEAPY, and Jesse HEAPY, quarrymen, were summoned at Belper on Thursday for game trespass on the land of John Bryan PEACH at Crich on June 24. Albert SIMS, a draper, was with the landlord’s son who had the joint shooting with him. It was about five o’clock in the morning, and the defendant went through the cricket field, when they threw a stone. A dog was sent over two fields and killed a rabbit. The men had done the same thing before many mornings, and a watch had been set. In reply to SMITH, SIMS said the men were set off the public footpath. The defendants said they had the dog in a slip through the field.
Mr SIMS: You have the best lurcher dog in the country; a wave of the hand, and it goes like the flash of a gun.
Samuel BRYAN corroborated, and said the dog killed a rabbit, which Mr SIMS got. Defendants denied that a rabbit was killed, and they kept the dog in the slip until past the warren. The conviction against SMITH was for 10s and costs, and the other men 2s 6d.

Derbyshire Times 22 July 1905
[there followed a report of the arrest of William MARTIN, of Fritchley, Edward BOLLINGTON, of Fritchley and Isaac COLEMAN, of Crich, for poaching at Morewood Moor. MARTIN had 11 previous convictions, BOLLINGTON had 21 convictions, and COLEMAN 17 convictions].

Derbyshire Times 22 July 1905
A Crich correspondent writes that he is pleased to hear that Mr James FANTOM has been appointed as toll collector at Crich at £1 per annum. This office, which has been much neglected, should be a source of revenue to the Parish Council and it is hoped that stands upon the Market Place will be dealt fairly with all round.
Mr HARTSHORNE, of Plaistow Green, has a depot which prove most useful. On Sunday morning a horse attached to a trap belonging to Mr BOOTH, a milk seller, took fright and having cleared two walls and completely smashed the trap came to a dead stop at the depot where it was brought to a standstill and caught without doing further mischief.
The interment of Mr Samuel Walker PIGGIN, aged 63 years, took place on Thursday week at the Crich Parish Church, when a large number of friends congregated to show their sympathy. Members of the Independent Friendly Society, of which the deceased was a member, followed in the funeral procession and the church bell ringers of which deceased had been a member for over 40 years were bearers. [there was listed many mourners] A muffled peal was wrung on the church bells after the interment.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 4 August 1905
A fire broke out in a stack-yard of Judge Mansall JONES at Crich Chase Cliffe on Saturday, evidently having been caused by a match, lighted, being thrown by a passer-by amongst the litter surrounding the stack. The Crich Fire Brigade was immediately at hand, and succeeded in getting the fire under, not, however, before a considerable quantity of hay was destroyed.
[More about Herbert Riversdale Mansel JONES]

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 4 August 1905
A severe accident occurred on the pipe track which is being made by the Derwent Valley Water Board, between Holloway and Riber, on Wednesday. A workman James HARDSTONE, of Crich, was carrying ammunition between the two places, when attended to his injuries the gelatine exploded in his hands, causing very severe injuries. Dr MACDONALD attended to his injuries.

Derbyshire Times 5 August 1905
An inquest on Thursday evening, on the body of Charles Anthony CARTER, aged 27, a farm labourer, of Crich who died at the Derbyshire Royal infirmary from exhaustion, following lock-jaw. [an inquest report followed]
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death, caused by exhaustion, following lock-jaw, in all probability caused by the deceased injuring his knee by falling on the broken bottle.”

Belper News 18 August 1905
Henry CAULDWELL, of Fritchley, and Henry BERESFORD, of the Saw Mills, Ambergate, were summoned for stealing a quantity of growing apples, the property of Phoebe RADFORD, of Crich, on August 12. Defendant admitted the theft and was fined 11s including costs.

Belper News 1 September 1905
The following licences were finally transferred: The Canal Inn, Bull Bridge from Thomas BAGGALEY to William RADFORD; the Rising Sun, Crich, from John WILLGOOSE to Thomas LYNAM; the Bulls Head, Crich, from Thomas LANCASTER to James ADLINGTON.
On the Rising Sun application coming before them it was stated the late tenant WILLGOOSE, was subpoenaed. In reply to the Bench he said the owners of the house gave him notice to leave.
The Chairman: Why? – Because I did not sell enough drink, I suppose.
Did you make a living out of it? – Yes, sir.
A representative of Hanley’s brewery, Kimberly, asked to make a statement, and said the directors were dissatisfied with the way WILLGOOSE conducted the house.
In what way did he misconduct the house? – There were certain things going on in the house the Brewery Company were not satisfied with.
Let us know what the reasons were. He says it was because he did not sell enough drink is that fact? – It is not.
Was it any part of the reason? – None whatsoever.
How long did he keep the house? – About 22 years and it is only in the last 18 months there has been complaint.
There was some reason as to his personal moral conduct? – Yes, those were the reasons.
The application was granted.
William COWLISHAW, Crich, labourer, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at the Common, August 19. P.c. GODDARD proved the case, and said the man apologised the next morning to him and was very sorry. There were 31 previous convictions, and the fine was 5s and 7s costs. Defendant had been treated at Ambergate flower show, he said.
Albert BEMBRIDGE, Crich, labourer, for using violent and abusive language on August 19 was fined 5s and 7s costs, he candidly admitting the offence. P.c. GODDARD gave evidence. The defendant asked time to pay in, but he was not allowed, and he went to jail for ten days.

Derbyshire Times 2 September 1905
On Monday the interment took place in Crich Parish Churchyard of an old and highly esteemed resident of Crich named Miss Dorothy AMATT aged 76 years. [ a list of mourners was included in the report]
Miss Polly DERWIN, aged 19 years, daughter of the late Mr W. DERWIN, of Cromford, later Fritchley, passed away after a long illness and was interred on Monday in Crich Parish Churchyard. [ a list of named relatives were included in the report]
At a meeting held on Monday at Crich for the purpose of starting a Rifle Club it was unanimously agreed to affiliate to the Alfreton and District Rifle Association. Thirty members were enrolled. Mr W. GLOSSOP was appointed captain, and Mr D.M. BROWN, proprietor of the Black Swan Hotel, was elected treasurer.

Derbyshire Times 16 September 1905
The remains of the late Thomas CHEETHAM, of Crich, who passed away in his 88th year on Thursday of last week were interred at Crich Parish Church on Monday. Deceased had been a hosiery framework knitter all his life, and also a member of the Black Swan Hotel Friendly Society for 70 years. [ a list of mourners followed]

Belper News 29 September 1905
On Saturday last Mrs Abraham DAWES and her son Mr Josiah DAWES, sailed from Liverpool for America on a visit to Mrs DAWES’s parents, Mr and Mrs WIGLEY, of Lake Lucerne, Warren County, USA. Mr WIGLEY is a pleasure craft proprietor, and owns over a hundred craft. He went to America nearly thirty years ago, and during that time has done exceptionally well. His grandson has gone out with the prospect of joining him, weight of years preventing Mr and Mrs WIGLEY from following their trade with the same energy as in years gone by.
[Note: this family appeared in the Saratogan newspaper of 1938 as follows:
The Saratogan, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 29 December 1938

Joseph B.Wigley, 72, dies at Lake Lucerne. with thanks to
Joseph B, WIGLEY , well-known merchant in Lucerne for the past 43 years, died at noon today at his home on Main Street, after an illness of several weeks. Mr WIGLEY was born in Crich, England, 72 years ago, son of the late Mr and Mrs Joseph WIGLEY. He came to Lucerne when a small boy. He was a member of Corinth Lodge, F. and A.M. Lucerne IOOF Lodge and of St Mary’s Episcopal Church of which he was a faithful attendant. He served as vestryman 51 years. He was vestryman and delegate to the diocesan convention in 1888. Surviving are his wife, May Green WIGLEY; two daughters, Mrs Doris SAPORA of Madison, Wis, and Miss Elsie WIGLEY, New York City; seven sisters, five of whom reside in England, and Mrs Emma SMEAD of Corinth and Mrs Florence LINENDOLL of Windham, and several nephews and nieces in this country and in England, among the former being Abraham DAWES of Lucerne.] [with thanks to Prunella Bradsaw]

Belper News 29 September 1905
On Wednesday afternoon a well-known and very highly respected resident of Fritchley, in the person of Mr Samuel SLACK, passed away very suddenly. The deceased gentlemen, who was about 60 years old, had been ailing for a considerable time, and had been attended by doctors MACDONALD and RANKIN, of Crich. He was walking in the garden early on Wednesday afternoon when he was suddenly taken worse, and on being taken into the house he died about two o’clock, soon after the arrival of Dr MACDONALD. Mr SLACK was formerly a chemist and druggist at Langley Mill, but he had lived in retirement at Fritchley for nearly 10 years. During that time he had earned the respect of all his neighbours, and his death will be received with great regret by all who were privileged to know him.

Derbyshire Times 30 September 1905
Sufficient funds have been raised to install a new heating apparatus at Crich Parish Church. Arrangements are being made for the work to be proceeded with.

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 October 1905
Thomas LYNAM, of Crich, pleaded guilty to refusing to quit the Rising Sun Inn, Crich, on October 7, and had to pay 5s and costs. Superintendent VARDY said the landlord had taken the case to prevent proceedings against himself, as the local sergeant saw the defendant in the house drunk.

Derbyshire Times 18 November 1905
Judging by the remarks of the Rev H.C. GELDART, the Vicar of Crich, we are likely to have more clerical changes in the county. The rev gentleman caused no little surprise amongst his congregation on Sunday morning by complaining of the open sin in the parish, and the complete indifference to his ministrations. So concerned is he on the subject that he expresses doubt as to whether his last five years work has been productive of much good. He has, he told his people, received an offer of a living in Suffolk, the second offer in six months, and he almost persuaded that what the parish wants is a new man, with more vigour and energy, to cope with the indifference and sinfulness. The rev gentleman has not yet, I understand, arrived at his decision. I think he takes a somewhat gloomy view of affairs, but at the same time I admire his candour in speaking out so frankly. The rev gentleman went to Crich to fulfil a difficult position, and he has had many obstacles to encounter which are not ordinarily to be found in Church work.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 17 November 1905
Ann BAINBRIDGE, of Crich, a widow, was charged with being drunk on the 28th October. Sgt WYLES found her on the road. Fined 2s 6d and costs.
Fred VANN, of Crich, collier, for keeping a dog without a collar was fined 2s 6d and costs.
George AUSTIN, George PETTS, and Charles HARRIS, of Whatstandwell, were summoned by Albert WHITEHURST, gamekeeper, for trespassing in pursuit of game on October 29 ….
A fine of 15s, including costs was imposed.
John CLARKE, Fritchley, secretary of a lodge of Foresters, the Pride of the Valley, was summoned for withholding some of £13 17s 4d , which he had received in his office during the last six months. Mr Joseph WRIGHT, a trustee, was the prosecutor, and defendant pleaded guilty. An agreement had been made to repay the money by 10s a month with interest, and this was accepted by the guarantee society. The Bench made an order accordingly, and if there is any failure in the instalments the accused can be brought before the court again.

Derbyshire Times 9 December 1905
The Rev Joseph Martin SIMMONS, son of Rev J. Ford SIMMONS, vicar of Christ Church, Hull, has been appointed vicar of the parish of Crich. The Rev J.M. SIMMONS is 33 years of age and married, having one child.
[there followed a brief history of the new vicar]
The new vicar of Crich, it is interesting to note, is the youngest brother of Mrs Maurice HUNTER of Belper. The living of Crich is worth £280 with a house.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 December 1905
Edward BOLLINGTON and Isaac COLEMAN both of Crich, quarrymen were charged with game trespass in that village on land over which Mr G.H. STRUTT has the right to shoot. [ a report followed]
The Bench convicted both men and they went to jail for a month, failing to pay a fine of £1 and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 December 1905
On Saturday evening, the Girl's Guild and Young Men’s Bible Class took the opportunity of presenting a farewell gift to the Rev H.W.C. and Mrs GELDART, who are leaving the parish at the close of the year. Mr GRIFFITH presented Mr and Mrs GELDART with a solid silver rose bowl, suitably inscribed. The vicar and his wife suitably responded. The Rev Joseph Martin SIMMONS, of Wakefield, has been appointed to the living by the five trustees, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, Mr C.B. KINGDON, Mr WASHINGTON, and Mr Berresford WRIGHT, of Wooton Hall.

Derbyshire Times 30 December 1905
A pretty wedding was solemnised at St Michael’s church, Crich, on Christmas Day, the contracting parties being Mr Herbert BOOTH, of South Wingfield, and Miss Lily Hunt MELLOWS, of Crich. The bride wore a dress of cream crêpe de chine, trimmed with cream silk and lace, and the bridesmaids, who were Miss Gertie KIRK and Miss Polly HARTLE, wore dresses of cream nuns veiling, trimmed with cream silk and lace. The bride was given away by her uncle, Mr Frank KIRK, of Crich. Mr Dick BOOTH (brother of the bridegroom) was best man. The bride and bridesmaids wore gold brooches, gifts of the bridegroom. A reception was held at the home of Mr E.W. HARTLE, Laburnum Cottage, Crich.
On Saturday the marriage of Mr A. SNOWBALL, second son of Mr Thomas SNOWBALL, Lea, to Miss Mary OLLERENSHAW, youngest daughter of the late Mr William OLLERENSHAW (Crich) took place at Crich Parish Church. The bridesmaids were Misses Kate and Lizzie SNOWBALL (sisters of the bridegroom), and Miss M. COWPER and the best man was Mr G. GARNER (Langley Mill) Mr I. OLLERENSHAW, brother of the bride, gave her away. Mr J. OLLERENSHAW was also present. The vicar officiated. A number of guests were entertained in the clubroom of the Independent Friendly Society. Over 80 presents were received, including a handsome timepiece from their fellow workers at Lea Mills.

1906 newspapers

Belper News 2 February 1906
Crich man’s thirty-third conviction. A Crich labourer named William COWLISHAW was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Crich on 28 January. P.c. PARKIN proved the case. Defendant: I hope you will be as lenient as you can, I’m getting into years a bit. A fine of 12s, including costs, was imposed, and defendant was allowed 14 days in which to pay.

Derbyshire Times 3 February 1906
Election excitement led a Crich quarryman named George WRAGG, into trouble. He was not in his senses, being drunk, he pleaded, when before the Belper Bench on Thursday. He was charged with stealing 6lb of beef, value 4s, the property of Frederick Joseph LYNAM, butcher, Fritchley.
[there followed a report of the case]
WRAGG said it was election night, and he got a drink or two of beer after polling. He had a wife and five children and asked for leniency. The fine was £2 including costs.

Derbyshire Times 3 February 1906
… considerable surprise was occasioned in Holloway at the turn of events of the last few days in regard to John TAYLOR’s private affairs. TAYLOR occupied a position as inspector on the Lea and Holloway length of the Derwent Valley Water Scheme. At the commencement of the work nearly 2 years ago he lodged at Cromford, but later went to Holloway where he got lodgings at the house of Mr A. WORTHY. Last summer TAYLOR left on an urgent visit to Manchester and it was generally understood in the village that he had gone to bury his wife. This belief was strengthened from the fact that TAYLOR on his return wore black. Later he left Mrs WORTHY’s and went to live at Mr Jno, LIMB’s where he became acquainted with Miss Annie LIMB, the daughter of his landlord. They were married, notwithstanding the fact that TAYLOR was 20 years Miss LIMB’s senior, at the registry office at Belper, he describing himself as a widower. They took a house and furnished it at Moorwood Moor, near Wheatcroft, in the parish of Crich and lived very happily together. Their happiness was, however rudely disturbed last week when the woman who alleges that she is TAYLOR’s legal wife, arrived in the village from Chorley. She interviewed TAYLOR’s employers and it is stated that he was dismissed from his position. This much upset him and it was generally believed in the village that he was missing until on Sunday P.c. WOODWARD received a warrant for his arrest and took TAYLOR into custody at the house of Mr John LIMB.

Derbyshire Times 10 February 1906
The marriage of Mr Frank STREET, son of Mr Joshua STREET, of Crich, and Miss Annie COLLEGE, of Crich, took place at the Wesleyan Church Belper on Saturday. Miss Florence STREET and Miss Lydia COLLEGE were bridesmaids.
At Crich Parish Church on Sunday last the ringers gave a muffled peal as a token of respect to Mr Samuel HOLMES, whose death and funeral was reported last week.
The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Crich, will probably change landlords within the next week.

Derbyshire Times 31 March 1906
The transfer of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, Crich, from John W. DAWES to William FELL was before the Belper Bench on Thursday. The application was adjourned from a previous Court for an explanation as to how the rent was increased to the incoming tenant. Mr TRUSWELL, representing the Kimberley Brewery Company, informed the Bench that the last tenant had been in the house 10 or 12 years, and it was only in the last two the profits had gone down. The late tenant was surety for his father and had to find money, so he alleged. The Bench said this would induce the former tenant to pull things together. Alderman WAITE could not understand why a man should want to leave if the house would pay. Mr TRUSWELL replied that his firm were very well satisfied with the trade done, and they were sorry to lose DAWES, but he became entangled through borrowing money. He could not give the turnover of the last two years. The transfer was sanctioned.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 6 April 1906
Bishop Hamilton BAYNES conducted an institution service at St Mary’s Church, Crich, on Tuesday, the occasion of the induction to the living of Crich parish by the Rev Joseph Martin-SIMMONS, late of Sandal Magna, Wakefield.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 20 April 1906
For stealing a watch and chain value £2, the property of Samuel LYNAM, farmer, South Wingfield, a twelve year old youth named John William TAYLOR, of Fritchley, Crich, was on Wednesday ordered to receive 12 strokes of the birch rod by the Clay Cross magistrates.
[Note in the Derbyshire Times report of 21 April it was reported that he received 6 strokes.]

Belper News 20 April 1906
William MARTIN, a labourer, was represented by his wife, in answer to a summons for keeping a dog without a licence on 30 March. P.s. WYLES said defendant said he should keep the dog and would not pay for a licence. It would keep itself in time because it was a good dog. A fine of 10s and 7s costs, in default seven days imprisonment.
A Crich labourer named Fred COLLINS was also represented by his wife, in answer to a similar charge on the same date. P.s, WYLES said defendant had since destroyed the dog. A fine of 12s, including costs was imposed.

Derbyshire Times 21 April 1906
A twelve year old youth, named James William TAYLOR, of Fritchley, CRICH, had the serious charge preferred against him at Clay Cross on Wednesday, of stealing a silver watch and chain, value £2, the property of Samuel LYNAM, farmer, at Wingfield Park, on April 12. Samuel LYNAM, farmer, said he left the watch and chain hanging up in the house, which the defendant visited while selling pikelets. A youth named Amos RODGERS, labourer, Fritchley, said he saw TAYLOR on the 12 inst. Andy asked him to give him four pence for a watch and chain. He gave him four pence for it, and on the 13th he handed them to the police. Defendant said to him “I found the watch and chain in the hay field last summer.” Replying to defendant witness said “You did not tell me you got it from LYNAM on Saturday night or any other time.”P.c. GRIFFITHS said when charged the boy said he took the watch. Defendant’s father told the Bench that the boy could not write his own name. Mr ROWARTH: Do you need to give us the impression that he is not bright and does not know what is being said to him? The father: I think so. P.c. GRIFFITHS said the youth’s parents were very respectable and tried to make the lad do what was right. The magistrates ordered the youth to receive six strokes with the birch rod.
William MARTIN and Frederick COLLINS, Crich, were mulcted in penalties of 5s and costs each at Belper on Thursday for keeping unlicensed dogs.

Derbyshire Advertiser 8 June 1906
Thomas SHIPLEY, of Crich Carr, farmer, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at Crich Chase on May 19. There were several previous convictions, and he was fined 7s 6d and costs.
Edward BOLLINGTON, Crich, labourer, did not appear to answer a similar charge, and he had to pay 10s fine and costs.

Derbyshire Times 30 June 1906
On Monday a wedding by special licence took place at Belper, between Miss Emily Kate DRAKE, daughter of Mr Ernest DRAKE, Crich, and Mr Edward Henry TURBINELL, Islington. The bride was given away by her father, she was attended by her sister as bridesmaid, Miss Florie Louisa DRAKE. A reception was held at the bride’s home.
Crich regrets the loss of an old and highly respected resident, Mrs NIGHTINGALE, who passed away on Saturday, at the age of 64 years. The interment took place on Monday at St Mary’s Church, Crich, the Rev J. Martin SIMMONS officiating.[ there followed a long list of the mourners]

Derbyshire Times 7 July 1906
General WATSON, who saw service in the war and who is staying with his Honour Judge Mansell JONES, at Crich Chase, inspected the Crich Church Lads’ Brigade on Friday. The boys are in charge of Dr RANKIN, of Crich, and number 28. Their instructor is drill sergeant DONAGHUE, of Belper, who has bought them to a most creditable state of efficiency. They paraded past the General, who expressed his pleasure at their smart appearance. He subsequently addressed the lads encouragingly, and told them they might be required for sterner work than parades some day. Tea was provided by his Honour, who, however, was absent through business. Sports followed and among those who won prizes were: SHARMAN, HARTLE, MARTIN, CORDWELL, FLINT, COLLINS, LEAFE, WARDLE, ROE, RADFORD, BOWMER, BOOTH, BARBER, BROCKLEHURST, ENGLAND, and S. BOWMER.

Belper News 27 July 1906
Inspector BOULD reported that two bad cases of overcrowding had been located at Crich. One of these was at Crich Cross, where Edward BROOKS and his wife live with their six children. Eight persons, five adults and three children, slept in two small bedrooms and a box room the ages of the children were as follows: – Females, 19, 16, and 3 years old respectively; and males, 15, 13 and 10 years respectively.
Another case was that of a man named MARTIN and his wife, who have 11 children, and have only two small bedrooms. The accommodation of the bedrooms were only adequate accommodation for five or six persons. The ages of the children were as follows: – Females, 18, 16, 14, 9, 7, 6, and 1¼ years respectively and another of four months. There were three male children of 11, 5 and 3 years respectively.

Belper News 27 July 1906
The funeral took place on Monday at Crich, Miss PIGGIN, who for very many years was well-known to the hydro-visiting public, she having been manageress at the Ashover Hydropathic establishment, some 23 years. Miss PIGGIN had been ill for a considerable time, and passed away at her residence at Crich (of which village she was a native), on Friday last, at the age of 76. Many marks of sympathy were shown throughout the village, the lady being well known and highly respected. The funeral rites were conducted by the Rev Martin SIMMONS, of St Mary’s Church Crich.

Belper News 3 August 1906
Two well-known members of the poaching fraternity, Isaac COLEMAN and John BOLLINGTON, Crich quarrymen, were summoned by Joseph HOLMES, gamekeeper, of Lea, for game trespass at Crich on July 14. [there followed a full report of the case]
…COLEMAN was making his 19th appearance, five times for game trespass. BOLLINGTON had a longer record by seven convictions than COLEMAN, and had been 10 times for game trespass. The maximum penalty, £2 fine and the costs, was imposed, or in default a month’s hard labour.

Derbyshire Times 4 August 1906
The game of “lurky” is becoming troublesome about Crich Cross, especially to businesspeople. It is time steps were taken to prevent this growing nuisance.
Many will be pleased to hear that Mr S. HOLLINGSWORTH, of Crich, has been honoured by being selected as solo tenor horn player in the famous Besses o’ th’ Barn Band, who have just started on a tour round the world. Mr HOLLINGSWORTH has been a player of the Lea Mills Prize Band for some time past.
A muffled peal was wrung at Crich church on Sunday, as all of a steam towards Miss PIGGIN, whose death was reported last week.
Crich church choir had their annual outing on Monday to Blackpool and amongst those who accompanied them were the Vicar and Mrs SIMMONS, Mr GRIFFITHS, and Mr NASH.
A balloon with two or three occupants passed over Crich and Holloway last week and caused a considerable amount of comment. An individual enquiring what it was readily accepted the reply that it was the Education Question blowing over.

Belper News 17 August 1906
The Belper Bench issued a warrant for the arrest of a Crich labourer named Charles WOOLLEY who failed to answer two summonses brought against him by William FELL, a Crich licensed victualler, for refusing to quit the latter’s premises when requested and for assaulting FELL

Belper News 31 August 1906
The licence of the Sheaf Inn, Crich, was transferred from William FELL to Robert R. GAUNT. The outgoing tenant gave his reason that neither his wife, nor himself liked the neighbourhood.

Derbyshire Times 1 September 1906
Edward BOLLINGTON and William MARTIN, two Crich quarryman, were at the Belper Police Court, on Thursday, charged with an offence under the Poaching Prevention Act on August 21. Neither of the defendants appeared. P.c. WYLES found them at 3:30 AM on a footpath leading from Fritchley to Crich. They turned under a wall and were searched.BOLLINGTON had a bag, net, driving line, and three rabbits. MARTIN searched by P.c. CLARKE, had two rabbits, two nets, and 10 pegs taken from him. He had also a bag. “They are notorious poachers,” said Sergt WYLES, and BOLLINGTON has 23 convictions, and MARTIN 13.” They were fined £5 each and costs or two months.

Derbyshire Times 8 September 1906
The six year old daughter, Margaret Edith Pretoria, of Mrs John GREEN, passed away on Saturday last after a few days illness. The interment took place on Monday in the Parish Churchyard. Sarah WOOLLEY, Ada ENGLAND, Edith GREENHOUGH, and Beatrice MARTIN walked in front of the coffin, which was carried by John and T. SMITH, Bertha HOLMES and Ethel MARTIN. The chief mourners included mother (Mrs John GREEN), Jack and Lizzie, Mrs Samuel HARRIS, Mrs George OLIVER, Mr and Mrs T OLIVER, and Mr and Mrs LONGDON.

Belper News 21 September 1906
Mr William BOULD, the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to inform the owner of two houses in Crich marketplace, that are unsanitary in condition, that unless the necessary improvements were effected, the houses would be closed.

Derbyshire Courier 27 October 1906
Football transfers were granted to John SMITH, Whatstandwell, to Crich United; James CONQUEST, Crich to Fritchley.

Belper News 16 November 1906
Dr HOSKYNS, the Medical Officer of Health, reported that there were 13 cases of scarlet fever at Crich. These were all of a mild type, but this was the most dangerous as it often went unrecognised. He had to close the National Schools in consequence.

Derbyshire Times 24 November 1906
On November 20, at St Anne’s Chasetown, by the Rev G. DRURY, vicar by special licence, Booth James SMITH of Ashover, to Elizabeth Ann EVANS of Crich.
Aaron STOPPARD, of South Wingfield (late Hollins Farm, Crich) died Thursday, November 15. Interred Crich, Monday, November 19th, 1906. Aged 94.

Derbyshire Times 1 December 1906
The late residence of Mr J. GREEN, the Pleasure Grounds, Whatstandwell, is now occupied by his son-in-law, Mr William ASHTON. Many of Mr GREEN’s friends in Crich and Whatstandwell will be glad to hear that he is greatly improving health, and spending this winter in Madeira.
J. GREEN & Co., Artists and Photographers, Whatstandwell, draw the attention of the public that some person or persons are using their name in Photographic Enlargements: J. GREEN and Co., warn the public against giving orders or money to any person not been able to produce their printed form and receipt. Any person falsely representing the said firm will be prosecuted.

Belper News 7 December 1906
Florence DAWES, a married woman living at Crich, sent a letter to the Belper magistrates on Thursday admitting the charge of riding on the footpath at Belper on November 27. While P.c. 335 was riding a horse about 3 PM, and on duty in plainclothes between Broadholme and Ambergate, he saw defendant riding a bicycle on the footpath. Two young men had to get out of the way to allow her to pass, and she refused to give her name to the policeman. Fined 2s 6d and costs, amounting to 9s 6d.
John Isaac LEE, of no occupation, was charged with being drunk at Crich on November 22. Sergt WYLES stated that at 9.30, while in Crows-lane, he saw defendant sitting by the roadside. He was drunk, and witness assisted defendant home. Defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 2s 6d and costs, amounting to 7s 6d, or seven days.
George SMITH and Ernest HEAPY, quarrymen, were both charged with being drunk at Crich on November 18. Defendants pleaded guilty. Sergt WYLES stated that at five minutes past eleven he saw defendants, who were drunk, singing and shouting. Fined 5s and costs, or seven days.

Belper News 14 December 1906
Dancing classes are now being held at Messrs. GREEN and Co.’s Tea Gardens, Crich Carr, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. They are proving very popular with Crich, Holloway, and Whatstandwell people.

Derbyshire Times 22 December 1906
Early on Monday a fox was caught near the Culland Wood Farm, Plaistow Green, Crich. The animal was trapped and muzzled. It is on exhibition at the Black Swan Hotel.

Sheffield Independent 7 December 1906
The first notices since the lead mining boom in the Crich district have now been posted, and yesterday at the Moot Hall, Wirksworth, there appeared the usual 21 days grace for the mines known as the Church Rake, the Hope, and the Glory. These are all in the Liberty of Crich.

Derbyshire Times 29 December 1906
On Monday, the interment of Mrs R. HAYES, an old and highly respected resident of Crich, took place in the Parish Churchyard. She died at the age of 78 years. The mourners included ..[there was a long list of the mourners]. The vicar (Rev J.M. SIMMONS) officiated.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph 31 December 1906
The snowstorm has been very severe Crich. A man named SMITH, not having seen his aged parents for two days, crossed over the Crich Cliff past the famous “Stand” to their little cottage. On arrival he found it partially imbedded in snow. Forcing an entrance he was horrified to find his father, aged over 80, dead in his chair, and his mother in the direst distress. She had been unable since Thursday (on which day the unfortunate old man died) to fetch any assistance. The old man was very well known in the parish by the name of “Cutty” and the sad affair has caused quite a sensation.

1907 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 8 February 1907
The licences not renewed were: – Thomas LYNAM, Rising Sun, Crich: Emma STOCKS, Royal Oak, Crich: James BOWMER, Jovial Dutchman, Crich: Robert G GAUNT, Wheat Sheaf, Crich: and Walter BOOTH, Greyhound, Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 February 1907
The first meeting of the Crich branch of the Matlock and District Sparrow and Rats Club was held at Crich on Monday evening, and was presided over by Mr N.I. HAWKES, among those also present being Messrs: Thomas DAKIN, BROWN, A. HOLMES, LYNAM, SHIPSTON, DAWES, V. TAYLOR jun, and others. The Chairman in commencing paid a high tribute to his late Honour Judge Mansel-JONES, who, as vice president of the club, would have undoubtedly open the first meeting at Crich. Mr HAWKES referred to the destruction of property by the pests which it is the club's mission to reduce, and which amounted annually to a large sum.
[Note: The Rat and Sparrow Clubs were clubs where men and farmers attempted to get rid of their pest problem of rats and sparrow birds. Some clubs would gather in a local working men’s clubs or hostelries to share their spoils in the form of the HEADS of sparrows and TAILS of rats.]

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Belper News 15 March 1907
In the burial ground surrounding the ancient St Margaret’s Church, a small erection on the Alderwasley Hall estate, the remains of the late Mr Albert Frederick HURT, D.L., J.P., were interred, on Wednesday afternoon.
[There followed a report on the funeral, and a long list of mourners, which was attended by a great many people including representation from Crich area].

Belper News 29 March 1907
The Crich Parish Council elections occasion more spirit than has been manifested for years. The return of Mr John SIMS are the head of poll, with Mr J. BUNTING second and Mr N. HAWKES third, is regarded as a distinct pronouncement in favour of Urban powers being applied for for Crich. The following lines were circulated in favour of Mr BUNTING: –
At Crich Carr lives a famous man,
The people’s votes he’s hunting,
He means to do the parish good;
His name is Joseph Bunting.
Expenses have been very high
in almost every way.
He questions if we get the best,
For what the people pay.
He’s got the Councils good heart,
Even to the old church steeple,
To bring some good reforms about,
To benefit the people.
Then ring the bells, cry out and shout,
On his behalf keep thumping,
Go to the poll this very day,
And plump for Joseph Bunting.

Belper News 5 April 1907
The final transfer of the Bull’s Head, Crich, from Walter SMITHERN to Samuel SMITH.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 12 April 1907
On Saturday the Belper detachment of the 1st V.B. Notts and Derby Regiment had a route march to Crich. They left the Drill Hall, Belper, and marched via Ambergate and up the Hag-lane and by Crich Common, headed by a regimental band. Tea was partaken of at the Black Swan Hotel, and at about six o’clock the men commenced on their return march, the Crich and Ambergate members falling out at Crich. It is hoped that a sufficient number of recruits will be obtained at Crich to form a squad at that village to be attached to the Belper Company, which is commanded by Lieut W.H. Christy CLAY.

Derbyshire Courier 20 April 1907
Mr John SIMS was unanimously elected chairman, and Mr Joseph BUNTING vice chairman. Messrs C.J. ELSE and Jos. Roe SMITH were appointed overseers. Sub-committees were formed as follows: – for Fritchley, Messrs C.J. ELSE and F. LYNAM; Crich Carr,Messrs SIMS, HAWKES and BUNTING; Crich village, Messrs DYSON,DAWES, SMITH, and DAKIN. A special sub-committee was formed to provide a suitable site for a new parish tip.

Belper News 26 April 1907
On April 22, at Whatstandwell, Annie, the beloved wife of William PEACOCK, aged 57. Interred at Crich on Wednesday.

Belper News 3 May 1907
A successful smoking concert was held at the Greyhound Hotel, Crich, on Monday evening. There was a good company president, and the songs, etc. rendered by the artistes were much appreciated.
Efforts are being made to form a strong section of the Belper (G) Company of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Notts and Derbyshire Regiment at Crich and in case 10 or 15 men come forward the recruiting drills will be held at Crich, thus saving the journey to Belper. At present there are only four members of the company from Crich and one from Fritchley, and it is hoped all young men in Crich, Whatstandwell, Fritchley, Bull Bridge, and the surrounding districts will not be backward in helping to make the movement a success. A meeting will most probably be held in Crich on Wednesday for the purpose of enrolling recruits. In addition to most interesting drill which is learnt by joining the Volunteers, there are many other attractions in the form of prizes, etc.

Derbyshire Courier 8 June 1907
With reference to the Royal Oak, Crich, Mr R.S. CLIFFORD appeared on behalf the owners and tenant, and agreed to the magistrates confirming the order.
Mr PYM supporting the decision of the local justices in respect of the Wheat Sheaf, Crich, said the accommodation was poor, the place was in a poor state of repair and unfit to be occupied as a public house. Within 30 years there had been 10 tenants. Sergeant WILD said the house was not required. Crich had a population of 3063 and there was one licence to every 204 persons. Mr R.S. CLIFFORD , who represented the owners, Hardy’s Kimberley Brewery Company, and the tenant, said if the licence were renewed the owners would submit plans to the justices and carry out any improvements thought advisable. George Stephenson had used the house in past days, and it was now much used by quarrymen. The Bench, after hearing several witnesses, confirmed the order for closing.

Belper News 21 June 1907
John BOLLINGTON, a Crich labourer, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly on May 20. P.c. HICKMAN proved the case. Mr MOUNTAIN corroborated. Defendant pleaded guilty. Fined 5s and 12s costs or 14 days.

Belper News 21 June 1907
Sergeant instructor James HERROD has met with a nasty cycling accident while cycling from Crich, where he had been drilling the Crich section of Volunteers. His right knee cap is injured so severely as to compel the gallant officer to take a short rest.

Belper News 28 June 1907
After their drill on Monday evening the Crich section of Volunteers held a meeting at the National School, Crich, for the purpose of forming a football club.
[there followed a report about the formation of this team to be called “Crich Volunteers F.C.”]
Private H. MASON was appointed captain, Private D.P. HAWKES vice captain, and Sgt C.W. NASH hon. secretary, together with a committee consisting of Privates B. BROCKLEHURST, W. DRAKE, NASH and G. HARPER.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 June 1907
On Wednesday, June 9, at Crich Church, after a protracted courtship over 20 years, by the Rev H. CARSON, Mr George LEE, to Miss Martha NIGHTINGALE, both of Wheatcroft, Derbyshire.

Belper News 5 July 1907
George AUSTIN, a Crich labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Crich on June 22nd. Defendant pleaded guilty. Sgt WYLES stated the facts. The Chairman: Have you anything to say? Defendant: I am very sorry, it couldn’t be helped. (Laughter). Fined 5s and costs, or 7 days.

Belper News 5 July 1907
George TWIGG, a carter, of Crich, was summoned by the Belper Sessions on Thursday by John SWANWICK, a water bailiff, for illegal fishing during the close season at Ambergate on April 29th. Defended pleaded guilty. The evidence was that the defendant was trolling for pike, but there was no evidence that defendant caught any. Defendant said he did not know he was doing wrong. Fined 2s and 7s costs, or 7 days.
Robert GAUNT, a draper, of Fritchley, was summoned for a like offence on May 4th. Defendant said he had fished 40 years, and did not know that Pike had a close season. He had been told by a water bailiff to kill all the pike he could, and prevent them getting down into the river. Ald. WAITE said he did not know of a close season for pike. P.c. CLARKE stated that he saw defendant, who offered no excuse. Fined 1s and 7s costs.

Derby Daily Telegraph 18 July 1907
On the 3rd inst., at Crich, Martha Anne, eldest daughter of Mr SAXTON. Her protracted sufferings were borne with pious resignation to the Divine will.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 26 July 1907
At the Belper Petty Sessions on Thursday, Frederick BUCKLEY, of Crich, collier charged John LEE, Crich, labourer, with having stolen a ferret on May 10th. It was shown the ferret was sold to a man at South Wingfield for half a crown, and disappeared from his pen the same night. The Bench took into consideration the number of convictions there had been against LEE, and he was sent to gaol for two months.

Belper News 16 August 1907
Mr John HAYNES, a partner in the firm of Haynes Bros., contractors, of Crich, was superintending some work at the Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell, on Saturday last, when the ladder on which he was standing slipped owing to the greasy nature of the ground on which the ladder was placed. Mr HAYNES dropped a distance of about 20 feet, severely injuring his shoulder, elbow, and face. He was attended to by Dr RANKIN, of Crich, and then conveyed home. We are pleased to learn that he is doing well.
Mr J. KNEEBONE, farmer, Crich, gathered in his field on Saturday some large mushrooms, one measured 26 inches round and weighed ten ounces.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 23 August 1907
Samuel WILLIAMS, 58, a navvy, of Crich, died in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on Saturday from the effects of injuries received on August 8. On that date he was in charge of a horse and cart on the main road between Ambergate and Crich, when the animal took fright at a passing motor car. The deceased pluckily attempted to stop the animal, and was dragged some distance along the ground. He was conveyed to the institution by the motorists, suffering from severe injuries to his shoulder and ankle. An inquest was held at Derby on Wednesday. The evidence showed that on the 8th inst. whilst leading timber from the railway station, his horse took fright at a passing motor car. He tried to stop the animal, but the reins became fastened round his body. He was knocked down and dragged under the wheel for some distance, sustaining a fractured jaw and shoulder blade, beside other injuries. A fellow driver named HOLLINGWORTH said the motor car was on its proper side of the road and was being driven steadily. He thought the affair was an accident. The Coroner read the following he had received from Miss EGERTON, of Hardwick Hall (niece of the Duke of Devonshire): – “just heard of inquest on WILLIAMS. Cannot attend, but I was in car at time of accident, and can certify driver was exercising every care.” The coroner offered to adjourn the enquiry to order Miss HARDWICK’’s attendance if the jury wished it, but said he did not think she could carry the case any further. The jury were of the same opinion, and ended the matter with a verdict of “accidental death.”

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 13 September 1907
John STOPPARD, of Crich, was charged with being drunk and assaulting police-constable HICKMAN, on the 2nd inst. There was also a charge of assault upon Thomas DAKIN, a gentleman who went to the assistance of the officer. The man pleaded guilty the Chairman thanked Mr DAKIN for assisting the police, and expressed regret that he had been hurt. The sentence was two months imprisonment.

Belper News 13 September 1907
At the Cliff limestone quarries of the Clay Cross Company at Crich early on Saturday morning, a workman, named LUDLAM was stone getting when a charge of powder in the stone near where he was working unexpectedly exploded, severely injuring him. His right eye was completely blown away. Dr RANKIN was summoned, and after rendering what assistance was possible, he ordered LUDLAM to be taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. LUDLAM , who had only been engaged at the quarries three weeks, has a wife and three children.

Belper News 27 September 1907
Leslie FARNSWORTH, 4 years of age, the adopted son of Mr C. FARNSWORTH, chief clerk at the L. & N.W. Goods Station, Cromford, and who resides at Crich, was playing outside his home last week, and when running down Bennett’s Lane, which adjoins the main road, the little fellow lost control of himsef, and was knocked down by a passing horse, belonging to Messrs King, grocers, of Matlock. The horse's fore feet caught him full in the back, and flung him across the road, fortunately clear of the trap wheels. The driver immediately pulled up, and carried him to his home close by, where he was attended by Nurse PRINCE and doctors RANKIN and MACDONALD. It was found that no bones were broken, but that considerable care will have to be exercised before the child is able to join his play-fellows again.

Belper News 4 October 1907
Arrangements have been made to hold evening continuation classes at three of the schools in the parish of Crich, viz. at Crich National, Fritchley, and Crich Carr (Whatstandwell) schools. At Crich Mr C.W. NASH is the headmaster, at Fritchley Mr E. GEE, and Crich Carr Mr Arthur B. DONE, ACP (honours), of Derby. An excellent syllabus has been fixed up for Crich Carr School, that for men being – Mondays, arithmetic (elementary and advanced), mensuration, life and duties of a citizen; Thursdays, general experimental science (mechanics, heat, light, magnetism, and electricity), drawing of various descriptions. Separate classes for women (under a mistress) will be held, and the subject taught will be – Mondays, arithmetic, domestic economy, physiology, and hygiene; Thursdays, English and needlework. These classes at Crich have been raised chiefly by the efforts of Mr J.J. BUNTING, the vice chairman of the Crich Parish Council. The fees are to be only 2d per week, part of which will be returned to students making 85 per cent of the total attendances. Prizes will also be awarded for general progress and attendance. The classes will doubtless prove of immense benefit to residents in Crich Carr, Whatstandwell, Coddington, Alderwasley, and districts.

Belper News 4 October 1907
Mr Charles DAYKIN, of Crich, has lifted a root of King Edward VII potatoes, which in the aggregate weighed 8lbs, one tuber weighing 1lb 5oz, and several others 1lb in weight. He is fortunate in this adverse season, as he has little or no disease in his crop
A Crich youth named A. ROLLINSON met with an accident before turning time at the Manor Colliery on Monday, occasion by a fall of bind. The unfortunate youth received a compound fracture of the leg, necessitating his conveyance to the Chesterfield Hospital.
The mysterious disappearance of the Fritchley youth, as reported last week, still remains the one topic of conversation in the surrounding neighbourhood. “Jack,” as he is familiarly called, is still missing, and there are not wanting those who will state their firm belief that by this time he has come to some untimely end, as it is now eleven days since he left home, and there is still no news of his whereabouts.
[Note: the youth was Jack SULLEY, the 15 year old son of Henry SULLEY. A later report described trying to trace his movements].

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 25th of October 1907
An inquest was held at Derby on Friday last concerning the death of John Henry SULLY, aged 14, of Fritchley, whose dead body was taken from the Derwent at Darley Abbey the previous day. [there followed a report of the inquest, foul play was not suspected.]
The jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned.”

Belper News 15 November 1907
It may be interesting to the present generation to know that Crich was noted for its mines in the times of the Norman survey. Leuric and Levenot held a lead mine at Crice, as it was then spelt. The Ridgeway Sough from Crich Cliff, which had an outlet by Messrs Dawbarns works into the Derwent, was made in order to clear Wakebridge mine of water, along with Bacchus Pipe, Glory, and Pearson’s Venture mines. This Wakebridge mine fifty years ago was one of the most productive in the county. One-ninth of the produce was claimed by the Lords of the Manor, one-sixth by W.E. NIGHTINGALE as lessor, whilst the lessees were Messrs Wass and Co.
Bert TAYLOR, the thirteen year old son of Mr Samuel TAYLOR, of Crich Carr, who was returning from the Crich day school on Friday, slipped when running on the damp grass, and dropping on his left hand sustained a fracture of the fore arm.
An outing club has been formed at the Kings Arms Hotel, Crich. Mr J. KNEEBONE is the secretary, and already upwards of twenty members are enrolled.

Belper News 29 November 1907
Mr H.S. YEOMAN’s, of Holloway, sold the freehold property in the occupation of Mrs PAXTON, Bennetts Lane, Crich, by public auction at the Black Swan Hotel, Crich. Bidding commenced at £50, but was speedily run up to £171, at which it was knocked down to Mr F. ALLSOP, of Crich Carr.
The Besses o’ th’ Barn Band, who sailed from Australia last week, after their tour there, includes Mr Sam HOLLINGSWORTH, of Crich, who is a horn player. His many friends are arranging to welcome him home in a suitable manner. A committee has been formed, and a meeting held at the Kings Arms Hotel. Mr John KNEEBONE has been appointed secretary, and Mr W. WILLGOOSE treasurer, to try and raise subscriptions to get up a torchlight procession to greet Mr HOLLINGSWORTH on his return.
On Thursday, the Misses Mansel-JONES, the daughters of the late Judge Mansel-JONES, left Chase Cliffe, Crich, en route for India. We learn that the marriage of Miss Maud Mansel-JONES and Captain John WATSON 13th D.C.L. (Watson’s Horse), youngest son of General Sir John WATSON, V.C. G.B.C. of North Court, Finehampstead, Berkshire, will take place early next year in India.

Belper News 6 December 1907
The good people of Crich certainly hold a very elevated position. After repeatedly losing myself I stumbled onto the council chamber, and became very much absorbed in the subsequent business transactions. The members of the Crich Council have certainly not learnt the wisdom of that time-worn adage “Brevity is the soul of wit,” but their discussions, if not exactly edifying were most interesting. I must confess however, that I was pained – exceedingly pained – to hear one honoured member characterise his colleague’s remarks as “twaddle”. Surely the ratepayers representatives of Crich, having regard to their high position in life, are not guilty of such frivolity.

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 December 1907
Belper Grammar School Old Boys v Crich Sherwood. Played at Belper this Thursday morning. After half an hour’s play the Grammar School had scored three goals, but the referee’s awarding of the third goal was taken exception to by the Crich players. Some indiscreet remark was made, and the referee ordered one of the visiting players off the field. He refused to obey however, and after some wrangling the whole of the visitors trooped off the ground, play only having lasted about 30 minutes.

1908 newspapers

Belper News 3 January 1908
The Besses o’ th’ Barn Band, who have been travelling in America, Australia, and New Zealand, have returned. One of the instrumentalists was Mr Sam HOLLINGSWORTH, a native of Crich, and a member of the Lea Mills Prize Band. Mrs HOLLINGSWORTH, with her friends, met her husband at Derby, and on their arrival at Ambergate on Saturday, Sam met with an enthusiastic reception from his late fellow bandsmen who had amalgamated with the Crich Brass Band, and with flaring torches escorted him to the Crich Market Place. On his arrival “Home, Sweet Home,” was rendered by the bandsman, and at the termination of the procession “auld lang syne” was played. Mr William FOSTER welcomed Mr HOLLINGSWORTH home, and in reply the latter said that the Besses had had a most delightful trip , in every sense of the word. The hospitality shown to them by our kindred across the seas would never be raised from his memory. He found some difficulty in restraining his emotion, and the rendering of “Home, Sweet Home,” was almost more than he could bear. Three cheers were then raised by the crowd of 200 persons present. The procession was reformed in the Market Place, and the Band, striking up a lively air, played him to his home, where friends were awaiting his return after an absence of 17 months.
[Read more on Sam HOLLINGSWORTH]

Belper News 17 January 1908
John ROLET, aged 18, of Malt House Lane, Never Heage, and George CHAMBERS, aged 36, of Crich, met with a severe accident while engaged in blasting operations on Monday afternoon at Messrs Wright and Co.’s quarries. They had put in charge which failed to explode, and on returning to ascertain the cause the shot went off, with the result that they will both struck in the eye by flying stone. During the afternoon the men were taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, and detained.

Belper News 10 January 1908
The commission suspended Fred WILKINSON, of Whatstandwell, to the end of the season for misconduct towards the referee in a match with Belper Grammar School Old Boys in the Shield Competition.P.A. WHEATCROFT, secretary of the Whatstandwell Club, was informed that in the event of his writing another letter of explanation in similar terms to the one sent in reply to the referee’s charges he would be dealt with for misconduct.
Crich Sherwood Club was fined £1 in consequence of the players leaving the field before the conclusion of a Medal Competition match with Belper Grammar School Old Boys and the match was awarded to the latter. Crich were suspended until the fine is paid, the player who was ordered off the field and refused to go was suspended for a month, and the club was further suspended until this player’s name and that of the captain are supplied.

Belper News 24 January 1908

Samuel Hollingsworth newspaper article 1908
[Read more on Sam HOLLINGSWORTH]

Belper News 14 February 1908
Ralph BYARD, a miner, of Fritchley, was charged with being drunk and incapable at Crich on January 26. P.c. HICKMAN was on duty at Crich Common, and found defendant lying on the road incapably drunk. Witness had almost to carry him home. Defendant, who did not appear, was fined 2s 6d and costs or seven days.
Mary Jane SHIPLEY, Crich, applied for a separation from husband, Thomas SHIPLEY, a carter. Defendant did not appear.

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 February 1909
The Greyhound, at Crich, was the next, the tenant being William Rose PERRY, who was not represented. The owner is a Mr SMITH, of Crich, and the lessees are the Hardy Brewery Co., Kimberley. Police-constable CLARKE gave evidence, showing there was the Jovial Dutchman near. This house has been rebuilt, while the Greyhound was dilapidated. Between the Dutchman and the Greyhound there were only seven houses, while on the other side there was not a house for 693 yards. There was no stabling to the Greyhound and no clubroom, while the domestic accommodation was poor. The owners or lessees did not disclose the takings, and the house was referred.

Belper News 20 March 1908
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Thomas TAYLOR, of Crich Carr, who have just celebrated their golden wedding.
[there followed a long report on the lives of Mr and Mrs TAYLOR]
… They went to reside in Crich Carr, where they have lived for the greater part of their long married life. Mr and Mrs TAYLOR have had a family of eleven children, seven boys and four girls. Of these three boys and four girls are now alive, and six of the family have now left the paternal roof for homes of their own. One daughter still remains to attend to her parents in the eventide of their life. There are 22 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, of whom the old couple are very proud.

Belper News 27 March 1908
Charles WALTERS, Crich, labourer, was summoned for having assaulted Alfred MARTIN, Crich, ganger, on March 14. Defendant did not appear. Complainant said that being foreman of the works he had occasion to speak to defendant, who resented his words. The men closed and fell to the ground together. Witness had two blasting cartridges in his hand, and if they had exploded both men would have been blown to pieces. Superintendent VARDY proved previous convictions, and the defendant was sentenced to one months hard labour, together with 14 days if the costs were not paid.

Belper News 24 April 1908
John BERESFORD, Crich, miner, pleaded guilty to being drunk at Crich on April 12. P.c. HOWARD saw the defendant lying across the footpath and took him home. There were two convictions. Superintendent VARDY: The mother has to keep her two sons instead of them maintaining her. They are both idle fellows. The Bench released BERESFORD and bound him over not to frequent public-houses for 12 months. If he broke the promise he would be dealt with.

Belper News 8 May 1908
Samuel SULLY and George BOLLINGTON, two lads, were charged with stealing a quantity of lead piping, valued at 2s, the property of Emma STOCKS, Crich, on April 25. The case had been adjourned from a previous hearing to give defendants an opportunity to arrange with the owner. Arrangements were satisfactorily arrived at, and the chairman addressing the defendants said the Bench hoped it would be a warning to them. They had had a narrow escape going to prison and losing their character for life.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 8 May 1908
On Saturday, at St Michael’s Church, Crich, the wedding was solemnised of Miss E. RADFORD, daughter of Mr J. RADFORD, of Bull Bridge, with Mr ASHLEY, of Sussex. The Rev Martyn SIMMONS, M.A. officiated. The service was fully choral, the combined choirs of Fritchley and Crich being conducted by Mr NASH (organist). the church was filled with a fashionable congregation. The bride was attired in white silk, and had a wreath of orange blossoms. Her two sisters were bridesmaids. A reception was held at Mr RADFORD’s residence, to which a happy number of friends were invited. The happy couple left for Malvern.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 17 July 1908
Mr CARR, the probation officer, applied to the Alfreton Bench on Wednesday for a warrant for the arrest of a Crich man, named Isaac WALTERS, who was placed on the probationer’s list on May 20 last for the theft of two fowls. He had not reported himself or paid the costs of the case, while he had now absconded. The Bench agreed to issue a warrant.

Belper News 15 May 1908

Crich Carr Evening Schol article

Belper News 28 August 1908
Samuel SMITH, licensed victualler, Crich, was summoned for selling adulterated rum on June 21. Defendant pleaded guilty. Capt. SANDYS inspector under the Food and Drugs Act, said he visited the Bull’s Head Inn on June 21, and purchased from defendant half a pint of rum, for which he paid 1s 2d. Witness tendered the necessary notice, and divided the spirit into the usual three parts. The analyst’s report showed that the alcoholic strength was 36 degrees under proof, being 25 degrees under the statutory limit. Defendant said the rum had been in a jar since Christmas, and had been neglected. He admitted to selling the spirit. The Bench imposed a fine of 40s and costs.

Belper News 28 August 1908
Joseph VENTERS and Alfred TAYLOR, Fritchley, were summoned for disorderly conduct at Crich on August 9th. Sgt. WYLES proved the charges, TAYLOR pleading guilty, the other man not appearing. TAYLOR said he was provoked by witness who called him for everything. A note to the Court had been received, with the fine enclosed. The officer said he was on a public footpath near Fritchley Lane End when he saw the defendants with their coats off. On his approach they ran away. He told them they need not go as he knew them. There were several people about. Superintendent VARDY: It was the middle of Sunday afternoon? – Yes. They were stripped and having a “fair doo.” Taylor was, he said, defending himself, under great “provocation” (Laughter). The prisoners were fined 8s 6d inclusive of costs.

Derbyshire Courier 19 September 1908
A shocking accident befell a lad named John James BOWMER, of White House, Crich, on Saturday at Ambergate. He was employed on the new reservoir as a signaller, when he was knocked down by a travelling crane, the wheels of which passed over his left leg, completely severing it below the knee. He was removed with all speed to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, where an operation was performed.

Belper News 9 October 1908
Harry PEARSON, five years of age, son of SamuelPEARSON, School Lane, Crich, fell into a copper of boiling water which was to be used in washing clothes, and was severely scolded. His mother had only left the copper a few minutes previously to attend to a sick relative who resides with them. While thus engaged, Harry had come in from school unknown to her, until she heard screams from the direction of the wash house. Here she found him climbing out of his dangerous position. His right leg from the thigh downwards and right hand and arm were badly scalded.

Belper News 23 October 1908
German BOLLINGTON, labourer, Whatstandwell, for being drunk and Crich, on October 13 was fined 2/6 and costs. Defendant said he was at Crich Wakes, and had a “sup too much.”

1909 newspapers

Belper News 8 January 1909
Police-constable HOWARD, of Crich has been removed to Edale.

Belper News 29th of January 1909
Crich has lost its oldest inhabitant through the death of Mrs David COWLISHAW, aged 96. In her younger days, when lead mining was the chief occupation, and was in a flourishing condition, she was in service at the Bull’s Head Inn, Crich, where she remembered the landlord being supplied with a whole hogshead of whisky at a time, and remembered the enlargement of the Vicarage in 1856. Married 75 years ago, she has had no family. She had the distinction of being the oldest pensioner in the Belper district, but only lived to receive the pension three times.
[Note: Old aged pensions were introduced in January 1909 at the rate of 5s per week.]

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 March 1909
George K. WALKER, of Crich, made application to carry out structural alterations at the King’s Arms. The work had been stopped by the superintendent of police until the Bench had approved.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 9 April 1909
(Under entirely New Management)
Proprietor: Herbert FRYER, late of the Beech Tree Inn, Derby, and Horse Shoes, Leabrooks.
H.F. Desires to thank all old patrons and friends for past consideration, and begs to state he has now taken over the above well-known fully licensed hotel, where he hopes by the supplying of ales, wines, spirits, cigars, &c., of the finest quality, to merit a fair share of support from old friends and new.
Good accommodation for cyclists and travellers, every attention given to customers at the Kings Arms, Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 23 April 1909
On the night of April 15, Sergeant C.W. NASH was presented with a purse containing ten sovereigns, with an illuminated testimonial. Capt H.M. Christie CLAY, who made the presentation, spoke of the valuable work done in Crich by Sergeant NASH in raising a section of volunteers. Other speeches were made, Sergeant NASH replied in a feeling speech, remarking on the increased efficiency which was now demanded in the Territorial Forces. Reference was also made to Mr NASH’s duties as a schoolmaster and organist, great regret being expressed at his departure.

Belper News 30 June 1909
12 persons injured near Crich
[a long report about the charabanc accident at Plaistow Green. This was a major incident and an postcard was produced to show the site of the accident]

postcard of Plaistow Green accident
courtesy Brian Key

Derby Daily Telegraph, 31 July 1909
Markeaton Ward Liberal Association
The members of the above association, together with their wives and friends, had their outing recently. The venue was Whatstandwell, and the major portion left Kedleston Road (Five Lamps) about 2 o'clock in brakes supplied by Mr G. RICE, of Pear Tree Road, the rest of the party patronising the Midland Railway, or performing to ride on their cycles. After a drive of about two hours duration, Whatstandwell was reached, where the Progressive forces were united and a total of about 70 adults and 14 children was soon collected at Green’s Tea Rooms, where ample justice was soon done to an excellent tea which was jointly provided by councillors WAIN, POTTER, ANTLIFF, Messrs R.A. BLADES and BUCKLEY. The party then adjourned to a field kindly lent by Mr BRYAN, where the sports took place, prizes being distributed to the winners of events. There were also consolation prizes.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 27 August 1909
(From the Derbyshire Advertiser August 26, 1859)
At Crich, after a long illness, on the 9th inst. aged 53, Mr Joseph WITHAM, 31 years postman at that place. Kindly affectioned and highly intelligent, Mr WITHAM will be missed, not only by his sorrowing family, but by a numerous circle of neighbours and friends, many of whom were indebted to him for acts indicative of quiet goodwill and genuine love of usefulness. His liking for books, for intelligent society, and for whatever was good and true, whether in humanity or in nature, made here in years gone by a genial and interesting companion, and the amount of his information of common subjects enabled him frequently to aid and advise the less educated in the way which many of them now remember with gratitude. But the toils and anxieties of a somewhat arduous life led at length to softening of the brain, and a gradual prostration of all his powers, though not without some flickering of light and kindness to the latest hour. His remains were interred on Monday last, in Crich Churchyard – a place picturesquely overlooking both peak and plain, and containing the ashes of many another unforgotten village worthy.

Derby Daily Telegraph 21 October 1909
A quarrel over a game of “hoop-la” at Crich fair on 11 October had its sequel at the Belper Petty Sessions this Thursday morning when William BELL, son of the stall holder, was summoned for assaulting George HODGKINS, labourer, Crich. He pleaded not guilty. Complainant’s story was that he purchased three pennyworth of hoops at the stall in defendant’s charge and he aimed so well that he got a number of prizes. Defendant told him to stand erect, and not to bend over the rail so much, witness replying that he had paid for his rings and could throw them as he liked. Thereupon defendant who was the son of the proprietor of the stall struck him a nasty blow in the mouth with his fist.
Defendant: Why didn’t you "hold up” when I told you at first?
Complainant: I didn’t know there was any occasion.
Defendant: There was a notice up and you were breaking this.
Complainant: I never saw one to that effect and I don’t believe there was one.
Joseph HARTSHORNE, an eyewitness, stated that defendant lost his temper and throwing down the rings he had in his hand would have taken his coat off for a fight, but the other men at the stall stopped The Defendant denied the assault, saying he only pushed HODGKINS who caught bending too far over.
Mr SIMPSON: What do you mean by bending over?
Superintendent VARDY: it is getting too near the prizes (laughter).
Mr G. PYM, assistant magistrates clerk, was sworn and he intimated that the complainant had a thick lip evidently the result of a sharp blow when he applied for the summons. The Bench convicted, inflicting a fine of 5s and 16s costs, in default seven days.

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 November 1909
The “Derbyshire Times” states that for some time past boring operations have been carried on in the Crich neighbourhood for a water supply suitable for a Student’s Home and Training College in connection with the Church of England. When the plans have matured such are the dimensions that not only will a large amount of skilled labour be required, and more work will eventually be found for the general labouring classes. We understand that the site is that known as Edge Moor Farm, 80 acres in extent, and now the occupation of Mr Sydney BINGHAM, who is, however, on notice to quit. The property which formerly belonged to Mr Herbert YEOMANS, is only half a mile north-east of Crich Church, near the famous Hogg Nick and Crich Stand landmarks. The structure will include accommodation for 100 beds, and will consist of college and students quarters, laboratories, gymnasium, and official quarters on a huge scale costing altogether between £60,000 and £70,000. The grounds, from which the finest views a county may be obtained, will be laid out in an extensive manner – park drives, shrubberies, walks, and garden plots, with miniature lakes – and will have access on the Wingfield side by a carriage drive round by Hollins Farm, and on the Crich side, and near Plaistow Green and Sodall Lane, will be another palatial entrance. It may be some satisfaction to know that the Rural District Council have been approached with regard to supplying water in case of emergency, and that body have consented to supply when necessary and given, through their official all the assistance possible, as also has Mr CORDON, the surveyor.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 17 December 1909
December 12 at Coast Hill, Crich, Mary Jane, widow of Joseph WARD of Ludway Bank, Whatstandwell, aged 85 years.

Belper News 17 December 1909
Charles HAWKSLEY, Moorwood Moor, Crich, coal miner, was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence, at Crich, on November 27. Defendant did not appear. P.c. DOWNING stated he examined the dog on defendant's premises and it was over six months old. The Bench imposed a penalty of 7s 6d and 14s costs, or, in default of payment, 14 days imprisonment.