News Snippets for 1911

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1911.

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.

Many newspaper reports (not transcribed) related to the controversial major sewage works due to take place. There was considerable opposition from the ratepayers.

Some of the transcriptions have had minor edits.

1911 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 21 January 1911
Mrs John COLLEGE of Crich reached her 92nd birthday this week is seen standing in the doorway of the cottage of her sister Mrs HIND, who died three weeks ago at the age of 83 years.

Mrs John College obituary 1911

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 27 January 1911
On Friday an inquest was held at the Reading-room, Wheatcroft, touching the death of Joseph GREENHOUGH, aged 75, formerly a farm labourer. Sarah JOHNSON, sister of the deceased said her brother was a widower who lived at Wheatcroft. On Wednesday morning he called on witness, when he made no complaint as to illness. Death took place after he had returned home. John NELSON, who lived with GREENHOUGH, stated that at about midday on Wednesday the old man went to cut a bramble bush, and witness saw him lying on the ground. On picking him up he made a queer noise in his throat, and did not move or speak again. Dr RANKIN, of Crich, said that this was due to syncope and a verdict was returned to that effect.

Derbyshire Courier 31January 1911

photo of Aaron Greenhough 1911

a familiar figure in the Crich district, upon whose life we publish an article today
[the article about Aaron has not been found]

Derbyshire Times 4 February 1911
Arthur Briggs PINDER, a labourer, of Crich Carr, appeared on remand before the Alfreton Magistrates on Wednesday, charged with stealing an oil-skin overcoat, valued at 10s 6d , the property of the County Council, between the 16th and 17th of January. PINDER pleaded guilty, and expressed his regret. He was sent to jail for 21 days “hard”.

Derbyshire Times 4 February 1911
Thirty-three years ago he built the primitive Methodist chapel at Crich Carr, and he also erected Eden Bank, the private residence of Mr Joseph BUNTING, at Crich Carr, and that of Dr McDONALD, at Crich.
A well-known figure, quiet and unassuming, he was a staunch churchman, and took much interest in church affairs.
Blinds were drawn en route, and the Rev W.D. PRONGER read funeral rites over a brick grave. The coffin was oak with brass fittings, and was made by the deceased’s own workmen. There were no flowers by request.
[Three coaches conveyed the mourners, the full report listed them]

Derbyshire Times 8 February 1911
A Successful Career
Crich people will be interested to learn that Mr Thomas ROE, of Northampton, Florence, Massachusetts, son of the late Samuel ROE, of Coddington, where he was born in 1865, intends paying a visit to his native home. Leaving school and the early age of 11 years he was employed by John HIGDON and Son, manufacturers of underwear, at Whatstandwell, who later moved to Tansley, near Matlock. Thomas in those days was classed as one of the finest cricketers outside the county eleven, and took part on many occasions against the best teams in Derbyshire. Always interested in church work, he early became associated with the Primitive Methodists at Crich Carr, and only recently in consequence of the men’s effort at that place, he sent them a donation of £1.
[There followed a long report of his successful career in America]
Mr ROE has one son and two daughters, who along with his wife, are to accompany him on his visit to Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 14 February 1911

Ben Topham article 1911

Ben Topham article 1911

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Ben Topham article 1911

Derbyshire Times 15 February 1911
Mr George WILLGOOSE , a native of Crich, who had never lived outside the village, died on Sunday, aged 84 years. Deceased was the last of the old school of ringers at the Parish Church. Those who had predeceased him were Clerk John WETTON, William WOOLEY, John HARRISON, and Sam PIGGIN. He was one of the ringers in the days when the Rev W. CHAWNER was the vicar, and also sang in the church choir for many years. A framework knitter for Messrs Smedley, of Lea Mills – his work being done at home – he was later pensioned off by Mr Smedley. Mr WILLGOOSE was the oldest member of the local branch of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity), and for many years disbursed the sick funds of the branch. The remains were interred at the Parish Church on Thursday, and in the evening of the same day a half-muffled peal of the bells was wrung in his memory.
[A list of mourners was listed in the report]

Derbyshire Times 15 February 1911
The funeral of Mrs Roset WHEELDON, wife of Mr John WHEELDON, well-known as “Jack GAUNT” the rat-catcher, of Bull Bridge, took place on Tuesday. The service was held in the Congregational Chape previous to internment, the Rev G. STAUNTON officiating at both services. Wreaths were sent by Mr YATES and family and Mr and Mrs Tom CURSON and family. The deceased who was 54 years of age, had been suffering for several months, and passed away at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on Friday. The deceased was well-known and highly respected in the district.

Derbyshire Times 25 February 1911
The marriage of Mr Benjamin TAYLOR and Miss Elizabeth CAULDWELL, both of Crich, took place at the Parish Church on Saturday.

Derbyshire Times 25 February 1911
Amid signs of general sympathy the funeral took place on Tuesday at the Crich Parish Church of Lizzie, second daughter of Mrs Emma and the late Mr Joseph CURZON, Mount Cottage, Crich, who died at the age of 19 years. Deceased was only ailing four days. She was a most valued member of the Primitive choir, and a Sunday school teacher. She assisted in the promotion of last Sunday’s service of Song, and carried out the secretarial duties for it, but, sadly enough, she was not spared to hear it. The choir attended the graveside and signing “Shall we gather at the river?” And many inhabitants turned out in sympathy with the relatives.
[There followed a long list of mourners and sympathisers]

Derbyshire Times 5 April 1911

article on Nathaniel Hawkes 1911

Derbyshire Times 13 May 1911
[There was a very dark photograph of Crich Territorial soldiers captioned:]
Back Row ( left to right) D.P. HAWKES, D. LEE, J. HARTSHORNE, and W. CURZON
The secretary of the newly formed Crich Brass Band, Mr William CURZON, is seen in the group on the back row, at the extreme right of the photo. Some particulars in regard to the Crich Band appear in Crich Notes in our Peak and Belper editions.

Derbyshire Times 11 March 1911
A native of Fritchley, William LEAM, late of Cromford, was interned at Crich on Tuesday aged 67 years.

Derbyshire Times 11 March 1911
John ADAMS, of Crich, was charged at Belper on Thursday with riding a bicycle on the footpath at Crich on February 25. Defendant’s mother appeared and said her son was ill at the time and did not know what he was doing. Pc BAGSHAW proved the case. The defendant was ordered to pay 12s 6d including costs.

Derbyshire Times 8 April 1911
At Belper Police Court, on Thursday, Samuel SULLEY and Ernest HARRISON, labourers, Crich were summoned by Francis TAYLOR, for trespassing in search of game on land in the occupation of Mr Francis C. HURT, at Crich on March 20.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 14 April 1911
On April 8, at Crich, Mary, wife of William ARCHER, aged 47 years.

Derbyshire Times 6 May 1911
Mrs PURDY, of Thurlow Booth, and late of Babbington House, Belper, was interned at Crich on Thursday. The deceased was 76 years of age.

Derbyshire Times 6 May 1911
A wedding of some interest was that which took place at the Parish Church on Saturday, by the Rev W.D. PRONGER conducting the service. The contracting parties were Charles Edwin, fourth son of Mr and Mrs George WILMOT, of Brackenfield, and Mary, only daughter of the late Mr and Mrs William SHIPSTON of Crich.
[further details of the wedding followed]
Many and handsome were the presents received, and the happy couple left after partaking of lunch, for Blackpool, where the honeymoon is being spent.

Derbyshire Times 20 May 1911

Daws family article 1911

Derbyshire Times 24 May 1911

Photo of F. Lynam Fritchley 1911

the popular Chairman of the Crich Parish Council, the genial landlord of the Red Lion Hotel, Fritchley, a smart businessman and stalwart Conservative.

Derbyshire Courier 6 June 1911
The rebuilding of the stand, has been the subject of controversy ever since it was decided to close up the entrance and so prevent people reaching the top of the tower. The door was built up about nine years ago, and the evergreen topic with visitors and natives alike is “When is the Stand to be rebuilt.” This appears a matter which rests between the Clay Cross Co Ltd the owners of the quarries, and the Crich Parish Council, and although particulars have occasionally been published regarding settlements arrived at between these two parties, no definite arrangement has apparently been made as yet. The public however, have been long suffering and patient and are still living in hopes that soon a new stand will be built and that Crich will regain its former prestige of which it was robbed through the closing of the Stand.
Only once since it was shut up has it been climbed, and that on the occasion of the Coronation of the late King Edward VII, when it was opened in order that a flag staff could be erected for the Union Jack to fly from.
About nine years ago the stand was struck by lightning and damaged, several of the copings being struck off the top, while the sides were also damaged considerably. Previous to that several young men had narrow escapes of being struck by lightning when inside, and in one case two Crich youths were actually stunned by lightning.
The Stand was originally built in the year 1788, by Mr Francis HURT, of Alderwasley Hall, and it was rebuilt in the year 1851. A Mr LINACRE, of Ambergate, was the builder of the present Stand, and of the first erection only one stone can now be seen. It bears the dates of the old and new. The original Stand was built of limestone, and was not of the same compact form as the present rebuilt one, which is a gritstone, procured from a little disused quarry in a field the possessional of Mr CRITCHLOW, at Sodom. This is a little-known fact, and only the very oldest residents will remember this. The late Miss HURT of the Chase Cliffe, laid the stone for the present stand.
Various festivities have taken place around the base of this noted erection, perhaps the most eventful being that of the peace rejoicings at the end of the Russian war in 1856. At that time a huge bullock was roasted, and all the people were invited to take a knife and fork and cut a slice off, a performance which caused no little merriment. A huge bonfire was also made. It is said that a drinking booth, temporarily erected, and was inundated with customers, and the beer had to be poured into pancheons as the taps ran too slowly. A noteworthy figure in those scenes was a Crich hero of war, a colour sergeant named Thomas WETTON (elder brother of the late Mr J WETTON, Sexton), who had his leg taken off on the heights of Alma. He was pulled up in a carriage.
Three years afterwards (in 1859), a Mr Ralph SMITH, of Crich, held three days gala on the Cliff, and there were celebrations on March 10th 1863, the date of King Edward’s marriage. In 1887 the Jubilee celebration bonfire was held on the Cliff, and again in 1897 the Diamond Jubilee was celebrated, and it is on this historical spot that the coming Coronation bonfire will be lighted.

Derbyshire Times 10 June 1911
Last Friday afternoon a rather serious accident occurred to a young man named Harry HINDS, of Fritchley, while following his employment at the Manor Colliery, Oakerthorpe. He was taken to his home by the ambulance, calling on Dr RANKIN en route, who attended to his injuries. It is believed no bones are broken, but the left leg is badly crushed. The unfortunate man had the same limb injured a short time ago.

Derbyshire Times 10 June 1911
At the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Crich Carr, on Saturday, Emma, fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas TAYLOR, was married to Ernest, second son of Mr and Mrs Samuel WATSON, of Milford.

Derbyshire Times 10 June 1911
A wedding of much interest, the contracting parties being well-known locally, was that between Dora, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs John RODGERS, and George, second son of Mr and Mrs George COOK, Dial Farm, Crich Common, which took place on Saturday at the parish church.
[there followed a report of the wedding]
On Tuesday the happy couple left for their new home at Whittington Moor, Chesterfield.

Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 23 June 1911
In the Crich district the storm was very severe, and four cows belonging to Mr J. SMITH were killed by lightning. They were sheltering from the storm under a hawthorn bush, on which no trace has been left of the flash.

Derbyshire Times 24 June 1911
The funeral of Mr George PATILLA, who died at the age of 66 years, took place at Crich, on Saturday.

Derbyshire Times 24 June 1911
The many friends Miss Alma OAKLEY left at Lea and Holloway will be glad to hear of her safe arrival at Abernethy, Canada, on May 29th. Snow lay on the ground as she approached Abernethy, but it had all disappeared before she arrived. The weather was beautiful and she had the pleasure of meeting Mr W. HARTLE, son of Mr E. HARTLE, of Crich, who was looking well and happy.

Belper News 30 June 1911
Robert Bertram HARRISON, of the Kings’ Arms, Crich, successfully applied for the transfer of the house from Martha HARRISON, deceased.

Derbyshire Times 17 June 1911

Crich Cricketers 1911
left J.W. DAWES (secretary), right Francis BRUMWELL (vice captain), centre Jno BOWMER (captain)

It is questionable if there is to be found in Crich today three more popular cricketers and all-round sportsman than Messrs J.W. DAWES (secretary), Jack BOWMER (captain) and Francis BRUMWELL (vice captain), of the Crich cricket team. The younger of the three, Francis, bids fair to rank as one of the best and most popular of the many athletes Crich has produced. As a cricketer he commenced his career with the Church Young Men’s team, who played on the Bents Hill Ground, later joining Mr Rose PERRY’s team, which was really Crich Wesleyans. When the Town Club joined the Ripley and District League Francis was persuaded to throw in his lot with them, and in the first season he was awarded the League’s medal as the best bowler in the Ripley and District. When the league was dissolved he again played for PERRY’s team, and won the medal given for fielding. Previous to this he obtained a runners-up medal for the Town Club in the league. Again joining the Town Club he was made vice captain, and as an all-round man has few equals in local circles. In football he is equally, if not better known, and is the possessor of eight football medals, including the Derbyshire Cup. Having played for Crich Sunday School, Crich Town and Alfreton he admits that the best balanced team he ever played with was the Crich S.S., whose prowess some five years ago was well known.
Of Jack BOWMER’s prowess columns have been written, and although he was playing cricket before some of the present team were born, there is no man more likely to get runs in Crich today than Jack, who hits hard and often. As a captain for more years than one cares to count his judgement is seldom at fault. In football, as a player, referee and council legate, he has seen much service. Two of his sons are distinguished players today, Alf and Ernest. The former has played for his county, and both for Alfreton, in addition to playing for many years for their native club, Crich.
J.W. DAWES, the present secretary of the Crich Cricket Club, was elected when things were not going so well. Several of the older members had retired, and the youngsters were not equal to the emergency; besides this, there was a debt of £5 on the pavilion to be wiped out. All this has been changed by the energetic secretary, whose enthusiasm during the first year turned a deficit of £5 into a balance in hand of £4 7s 7d, in addition to which the young ‘uns can now hold their own with any local club, with the assistance of three such worthies as our photo depicts. Although a busy man Mr DAWES finds time to assist in anything for the good of Crich, and is the secretary of the Reading Room. Besides inaugurating sports on behalf of the cricket club funds, he is now busy arranging for a sport and gala day on July 15, and given fine weather success is assured. Of course, Jack has had experience in these matters. Was he not the first winner of the first race of the first sports ever held in connection with the Ambergate Flower Show. After which he went on to win 30 prizes altogether at such places as Butterly, Swanwick, Matlock, and even in America, where he won a marble clock and gold and silver medals. On his day he is an excellent bowler, and at one time his speed was terrific. Today he bowls a much slower ball, but it requires a lot of watching. In the Ripley and District League he was one of the players who succeeded in being runners-up for two year and holding a medal for same. His chief distances as a runner were a hundred yards, quarter and half miles.

Belper News 7 July 1911
Looking very contrite, a grey-haired old man, named Robert DAWES (65), a Draper, of Crich, stood in the dock at Derbyshire Assizes, on Friday, and pleaded guilty to having converted to his own use £25 belonging to the Derbyshire Education Committee.
[There followed a long report of the court proceedings]
Mr LAWRENCE, who represented prisoner, said the school had been almost an object of affection to him, and during his successful days he had given both time and money to it.
Mr Justice PICKFORD said he was extremely sorry to have to sentence a man like prisoner, but it would be the lenient sentence of one month’s imprisonment in the second division.

Derbyshire Courier 8 July 1911
A pretty wedding was that which took place at the Belper Salem Chapel, on Saturday, the contracting parties being Mr Ernest MELLORS, third son of Mr and Mrs George MELLORS, The Common, Crich, to Miss Elsie BOWLER, daughter of Mr and Mrs George BOWLER, of Over Lane Belper.
[further details of the wedding followed]

Belper News 28 July 1911
John WRAGG, Crich, newsagent, was summoned for having been drunk when charge of a horse and cart, at Crich, on July 17. Defendant pleaded guilty, and evidence was given by Alfred MERCER, of Crich, saw the defendant with another man in a small cart. The driver lost control of the animal, and they crashed into a building, and the trap was overturned. The occupants escaped injury, however, although the defendant was badly shaken. Defendant was fined 5s and costs,£1 10s 6d.

Belper News 11 August 1911
The meeting of the Crich Parish Council was held last Wednesday. Mr Thomas DAKIN was in the chair, and others present were: Messrs I.N. HAWKES, C.J. ELSE, J. HINTON. S. REDFERN, and the clerk (Mr W. GLOSSOP).
The Clerk was instructed to ask the Superintendent of the Midland Railway to grant an interview to a deputation from the Council with a view to getting the mail train due at Ambergate at 5.10am stopped each morning for the convenience of Crich residents.
On the invitation of the Derbyshire Education Committee it was decided to apply for a course of cookery instruction for Crich during the winter months, a stipulation being made that these classes shall be held in the evening, and not in the afternoon as on former occasions. Poultry-keeping was the subject selected for Fritchley.
Mr REDFERN mentioned the pollution of Leafe’s well at Fritchley by tennis players washing their hands etc. It was decided to post notices to prevent any such pollution in future either by tennis players or others.

Derby Daily Telegraph 11 August 1911
The “Derbyshire Courier” suggests that a recent edict of the Vicar of Crich has a nasty flavour of autocracy about it. Not only that, it suggests a cold indifference of the finer feelings of the poor. In the parish magazine the vicar has been putting forward his claim as “trustee for posterity” of the churchyard, and in doing so expresses his intention of placing certain very cruel and unreasonable restrictions upon the form of memorials which sorrowing parishioners are to place over the graves of their loved ones. The reverend gentleman absolutely forbids the use of artificial wreaths and the small glazed headstones. The “Courier” observes that this rather snobbish ban on the least expensive form of memorials will deprive the poorer parishioners of the ability to place any permanent token on the graves of their relatives. Surely, no excuse whatever can be found for such an unfeeling attitude. To anybody possessed of the least bit of reverence for the dead, the humble artificial wreath placed over the resting place of a poor cottager is a sacred as the splendid monument which towers over the tomb of the millionaire. Death itself knows no distinction.

Derbyshire Courier 12 August 1911
Naturally a huge army of workers have had to be called upon, a great many of whom, with their families, have found a temporary home in Crich and neighbourhood, contributing in no small degree to the prosperity of the village. The majority of the men engaged in the asphalting were from London, and revealed to the Derbyshire villagers a new rendering of English.
[this was a small part of a long article]

Derbyshire Courier 16 September 1911
Residents in the Crich and Fritchley district will regret to hear of the tragic death of Walter SELLORS (17), son of Mr Ernest SELLORS, better known in football circles as “Legger”, the famous Crich and Fritchley goalkeeper. It will be remembered that Mr SELLORS went to reside at Leicester several years ago. It appears the lad was bathing in a canal on Saturday, when by some reason he went under, and was drowned.

Derbyshire Courier 16 September 1911
Rumours were afloat last Friday evening that the tower of the old Parish Church at Crich had been partially demolished by lightning, and the newly installed heating apparatus badly damaged. Fortunately this was not the case, although the tower, which is said to be 800 years old was struck.
It appears the lightning ran down the conductor – which discharges in the ground near to the heating apparatus – breaking off a piece of the stone beading which runs round the tower, also chipping out a piece of the large stone covering the apparatus.
Inside the belfry the sentence, “The entrance of thy word give birth light,” is carved in an arc-shaped text, the word “word,” curiously enough, was erased; a small piece of zinc was also removed. No one was in the belfry at the time.

Derbyshire Courier 16 September 1911
A quarry lad named Joel PERRY was clearing a line for a limestone wagon in the Old Quarry, on Friday afternoon, when a flash of lightning ran up his spade, spinning him round, and rendering him semi-conscious. He was carried to a hut, and under treatment by his comrades gradually came round. The shock has resulted in a lameness from which he has not yet recovered. Some of his workmates also experienced the shock of a similar character.

Derbyshire Courier 16 September 1911
During a thunderstorm which raised with intense fury over the Crich district on Friday afternoon of last week, a house in Roe’s Lane, on the South Wingfield Road, was struck by lightning and partly destroyed. The occupants of the house – Mr and Mrs Alfred LEAFE and their daughter – had a most terrifying experience. At the time the storm broke over the district Mr LEAFE was reclining on the sofa and Mrs LEAFE was engaged in the performance of her household duties. Becoming somewhat apprehensive of the vividness of the lightning, Mrs LEAFE called to her daughter Essie, a girl of 14, who was engaged in cleaning knives in the kitchen, to relieve that room, which was very dangerous. Before doing so, the girl closed the window, but she had scarcely joined her parents when there came a blinding flash of lightning, accompanied by a deafening roar. The house shook and trembled, and the room was immediately filled with smoke. For a few moments the occupants of the house were dazed by the awful shock, but as soon as they could they made their escape through the falling bricks and tiles from the building, and took shelter in a house a short distance away.
It was afterwards found that several chimney stacks had been demolished, the brickwork having crashed through the roof, while several slates were turn off. In the attic and bedrooms rents and holes appeared, a lean to building was partially separated from the house by a wide gap, and the water pipes attached to the walls were ripped open. The window which the girl had closed only a few minutes before the house was struck was completely destroyed, and nothing could be seen of the framework, and the row of flowerpots which had occupied the windowsill had mysteriously vanished. The electric current had left its traces on a valuable eight day clock, the works of which were bent and twisted, whilst a charred line was traced fantastically around some pearl inlaying in the case. The appearance of the outside of the house gave the impression that it had been the target for a “Long Tom,” and the roadway in front of the building was strewn with bricks and tiles.
A youth named Norman SMITH, the son of the owner of the house, who chanced to be passing at the time, declares that the shock was terrific, and carried him several yards. Several of the workmen employed in Mr J.R. SMITH’s wheelwright’s yard, a short distance away, felt the shock, and an elderly man who was repairing a wheel at the time was stunned for a few minutes.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 September 1911
At St Peter’s Church, Derby, on September 25th, John A. SMITH, of Derby, to Jane DAWES, of “The Dimple”, Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 3 October 1911
The marriage took place at Heath Parish Church, on Tuesday, of Miss Ethel BARTHORPE, daughter of Mr and Mrs William BARTHORPE, and Mr Samuel Hodgkinson PIGGIN, son of Mr and Mrs PIGGIN, of Crich Carr.
[there followed details of the wedding naming bridesmaids and best man John ELSE]
Mr and Mrs PIGGIN will reside at Crich Carr.

Belper News 20 October 1911
George Henry BOLLINGTON, a Crich labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Crich on October 9th. Defendant pleaded guilty, and Sgt WYLES gave evidence. There were three previous convictions against the defendant, who was fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Courier 4 November 1911
An unseemly squabble between members of the Crich Parish Council occurred at the meeting of that authority on Wednesday over what was rightly described by one of the councillors as “a frivolous matter.” It was all over the question of the extended stay at the Wakes of Messrs BISHTON’s roundabouts in defiance of the order of the Parish Council.
Councillor REDFERN waxed furious in refuting certain allegations which had been made against him and indignantly declared that he had “neither had his throat gargled, his hand warmed behind him, or even treated to a complimentary ride on the horses.”
“Is this a sneer?” Asked Mr DAKIN.
Several other members intervened at this stage and disorder reigned, the Chairman eventually allowing each angry councillor to defend himself in turn.
Mr DYSON observed that in this case possession was nine points of the law, and in view of Mr BISHTON setting the Council at defiance and also of putting down on the Sunday morning while worshippers were going to chapel and church – complaints of which had been made – he proposed these facts be remembered when Mr BISHTON next made application for a stand. The matter then dropped.

Derbyshire Courier 11 November 1911

Denny family in Australia 1911


Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 December 1911
Nine Women and Two Men Charged with Intimidation
At the Belper petty sessions on Thursday morning two men and nine women, strikers at the Lea Mills Hosiery Works, were summoned upon various accounts for alleged intimidation of workers. Fortunately, a desirable ending was arrived at. The defendants and the charges against them were: Frederick HARRISON, collier, and Luke COLEMAN, quarryman, Crich, charged that they did intimidate Fanny MELLOR and Lizzie BOWMER to abstain from working in the employ of Joan Smedley Ltd, at Crich, on December 11; Ethel WRIGHT, Crich Carr, a married woman, was summoned for having unlawfully, and wilfully, without legal authority, followed Celia HODGKINSON with others in a disorderly manner, with a view to compelling the said Celia HODGKINSON to abstain from working in the employ of John Smedley Ltd, at Crich on December 12; Kate HARRISON , of Bull Bridge, and Ethel GRIFFIN, of Whatstandwell, mill hands, were summoned for a like offence against Bertha HODGKINSON on December 14; Emma WATSON, a married woman, and Lucy WRAGG, a single woman, both of Whatstandwell, were summoned for a like offence against Harriet FLINT, on the 14th inst; Emily ALLSOP, mill hand, Whatstandwell, was summoned under similar circumstances in respect of Bertha HODGKINSON, on the 15th inst,; Gertrude KIRK and Edith KIRK for a similar offence against Edith GRATTON on the 16th inst.
Before the cases were called, the two advocates held a private conversation, and a settlement was arrived at without the charges being investigated.
[there followed a lengthy report over assurances given and the legal niceties of the case]
The magistrate observed that life would not be worth living if this sort of thing was to go on in the country. Upon payment of costs, £6 1s 6d, the whole of the cases were withdrawn. The court was crowded and outside there were about 200 people unable to obtain admission. When the defendant left the court cheers were arranged, and speeches were subsequently made in the marketplace.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 December 1911
The funeral took place on Sunday at the Crich Parish Church, of Miss N. WILTON, late of Derby, but a native of Crich. She was the third daughter of Mr and Mrs W WILTON, of Derby. The Rev Martyn SIMMONS conducted the burial service. Deceased was 19 years of age. Many beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends of Crich and Derby.

Derbyshire Courier 30 December 1911
A quiet but pretty wedding was solemnised on Wednesday by the Rev Martyn SIMMONS (vicar), at the Crich Parish Church of Mr Charles Aubrey MAYHEW, son of Mr and Mrs Charles Thomas MAYHEW, of Aldercar, to Miss Beatrice Ann SMITH, eldest daughter of Mrs and the late George SMITH, of Crich.
[a report of the wedding followed]
A wedding of considerable interest to Fritchley residents was that of Mr Leonard BROWN, son of Mr and Mrs BROWN, Holmesford, to Miss Eliza BROWN, third daughter of Mr George BROWN, of Fritchley, which took place at the Crich Parish Church on Tuesday.

Derbyshire Courier 30 December 1911
A wedding of considerable interest to Fritchley residents was that of Mr Leonard BROWN, son of Mr and Mrs BROWN, Holmesford, to Miss Eliza BROWN, third daughter of Mr George BROWN, of Fritchley, which took place at the Crich Parish Church on Tuesday.