News Snippets for 1913

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1913.

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. The list is of transcribed names, there are other names in the images.


In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches; also some transcriptions have had minor edits.

Many of the newspaper reports of weddings at the time contained full details of clothing, bestman, bridesmaids, congregation and a list of presents received. Only the basic marriage details have been transcribed. Similarly funeral reports often gave long lists of mourners and floral tributes received. Refer to the original newspapers if the additional information is of interest.

1913 newspapers

Belper News 28 February 1913
We regret to report the death of Harold Bruce, younger son of Mr and Mrs N.I. HAWKES, who was born at Whatstandwell September 9th, 1888 and died at Olney, Bucks, on Monday last, after a few days illness.
[there followed a full report of the funeral and his life]

Belper News 7 March 1913
[A long article on the retirement of John HINTON recording a fascinating history of Crich over the years]

Retirement articl for John Hinton, Crich 1913

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 8 March 1913
… notice is hereby given that all creditors and other persons having any claims or demands upon or against the estate of Margaret ELSE, late of Fritchley, Crich, spinster, deceased (who died on the 18th day September 1912)… Are hereby required to send in particulars in writing of their claims or demands to the said Administrator….

Derbyshire Courier 1 April 1913
The marriage of Mr John ELSE, second son of Mr and Mrs Samuel ELSE, of the Common, Crich, to Miss Ethel M. MARTIN eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Frederick MARTIN, was solemnised at the parish church Crich, on Saturday.
[a full report of the wedding followed]
The happy couple drove direct to Lea , where they are to reside. A large number of presents have been received, as the bride was extremely popular in Crich, having been on the teaching staff at the Church of England School about ten years. She also held the office of secretary to the Church Scripture Union in addition to being the assistant organist at the church.

Derbyshire Courier 1 April 1913
A wedding, which created a considerable amount of local interest, was solemnised at the Parish Church, Crich, on Tuesday, when Mr Edmund SEALS, fourth son of Mr and Mrs J. SEALS of the Manor Farm, Dethick, led to the altar, Miss Alice Maud SMITH, fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Roe SMITH, of Ashbourne House, Crich.
[a full report of the wedding followed]

Derbyshire Courier 1 April 1913
A pretty wedding took place at the Parish Church, Crich, on Saturday, when Mr Frederick HARRISON, youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs C. HARRISON, was married to Miss Elizabeth Ada SHIPLEY, of Mount Pleasant, Crich.
[a full report of the wedding followed]

Belper News 4 April 1913
George David SELLORS, labourer, Crich, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly on March 22nd. He was further charged with assaulting Pc HARRISON at Crich on the same day.
Defendant admitted being drunk, but remembered nothing about being disorderly or assaulting a constable.
Pc HARRISON said the landlord asked him to speak to another man, and when he went inside, the defendant became abusive. He asked him to be quiet, but defendant struck him in the mouth. He closed with the defendant, and they both fell to the floor. With assistance he handcuffed him, and all the way to the police station defendant struggled like a madman.
Mr JARVIS, the landlord of the house, said he did not think the defendant was served with anything in the house. Sergt WYLES said he met defendant with the constable on the way to the police station. He was one of those men who could stand a lot of drink, and no one would know that he was drunk. Defendant was fined 2s 6d an 5s 6d costs for being drunk, and 5s and 5s 6d costs for assaulting a constable.

Derbyshire Courier 5 April 1913
We find that the Parish Council elections are arousing a bit of interest. The rhyming habit which, in days gone by, was frequently employed on such occasions seems to have almost disappeared, but the parish of Crich has evidently kept it just alive, for the following scrawled on less than the proverbial half sheet of notepaper, has found its way to our office.
“RE Crich Parish Council Election
To the Electors
If you want to be treated like children small
Vote as you voted before.
If you want to be treated like full-grown men,
Show the old council the door.”
One has a shrewd suspicion that the rhyme master must regard this as a kind of election address. If he be a candidate, obviously he is not a member of the old Council. But it is his couplet, and not his candidature, that we are concerned with. The absence of a signature has saved this poetic gem; the presence of a name would have made it food for the advertisement department.

Derbyshire Courier 10 May 1913

Crich football team 1913

[For a clearer photo visit Crich Football Teams photographs ]

Belper News 16 May 1913
William WOOLLEY, Crich, wagon examiner, and Joseph WOOLLEY, Crich, store-keeper, were charged with stealing six ingots of refined tin, value £18, the property of the Midland Railway Company, at Ambergate, on April 29th
[there followed a report of the court case]
Both prisoners were sentenced to six months hard labour.

Derbyshire Courier 20 May 1913
The wedding took place at Anne’s Church, Ambergate, on Sunday, of Mr John Walker SLACK, son of Mr T. SLACK, of Spring Cottage, Crich Carr, and Miss Agnes Edna Hill WAIN, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph WAIN of the “Woodlands", Sawmills.
[there followed a report of the wedding and presents received]

Derbyshire Courier 20 May 1913
Much interest was centred in the marriage of St Michael’s Church, Crich Carr, on Monday, of Mr Ernest MASON, of Woodgate, Crich Carr, the fifth son of Mr and Mrs James MASON, and Miss Lizzie SLACK, only daughter of Mr SLACK of Spring Cottage.
[there followed a report of the wedding]
The couple are to take up residence at Crich Carr.

Derbyshire Courier 31 May 1913
Crich Goalkeeper for Sheffield Wednesday

F. Mellors Crich goalie1913

Belper News 6 June 1913
George AUSTIN, while staying in South Amherst, saw many old Crich Carr and Whatstandwell inhabitants who work in the quarries out there, amongst whom were William AUSTIN, who has been out there 28 years; Mrs WINSON, who formerly lived in the house where Mr Thomas SLACK resides; and an aunt of George AUSTIN’s is remarried out there. Others were Mr and Mrs Joseph HEATHCOTE, Mr and Mrs Will BUNTING, Mr Joe, Robert and Willoughby SLACK, Willoughby WILLIAMS, Maria and Thomas WINSON, and Mr Enoch SPENCER, formerly of Middleton by Wirksworth.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 13 June 1913
Summoned for allowing a dog to be at large without wearing a collar bearing his name and address on May 22nd – Wilfred MARTIN, collier, Crich, 2s 6d and costs; Harriet HOLMES, housekeeper, Crich, 2s 6d and costs.

Derbyshire Courier 14 June 1913

Buckley Wedding photo 1913

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 27 June 1913

Crich church restoration 1913


Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 25 July 1913
An inquest was held at Crich on Monday relative to the death of Mr George Fell SHACKLETON, aged 37, of independent means, who resided at Pine Bank, Crich. Mr SHACKLETON , who was subject to fits, retired to bed on the night of the 18th inst., apparently in his usual health, and next morning he was found dead in bed. The jury’s verdict was that the deceased was accidentally suffocated while in an epileptic fit.

Derbyshire Courier 5 July 1913

Bull Bridge crash 1913

On Saturday a large commercial motor van got out of hand at Bull Bridge and dashed towards the Cromford Canal, into which it would have gone had its career not been stopped by the building which is seen in the picture close to the water.
Photo by G. KNEEBONE, Crich.

Belper News 25 July 1913
Miss Lorna Mary ASHLEY, the eleven year old daughter of Mr and Mrs J. ASHLEY, the King’s Arms Crich, and Joseph CURZON, aged 12 years, youngest son of the late Mr Joseph CURZON, Crich, passed the Primary Examination of the London College of Music, held at Buxton the other day, in pianoforte playing.

Belper News 25 July 1913
The rather sudden-death of Mrs HUTCHINSON, wife of the doctor's chauffeur, took place at the Dimple, Crich. Deceased, who was only 30 years of age, leaves three children. The funeral took place at the Parish Church, the Rev J.M. SIMMONS officiating. Wreaths were sent by “Loving husband and children”, “Jack and Hannah,” “Joe and Violet,” “father, mother, sister and brothers.”

Belper News 25 July 1913
Mr Thomas ROE, a former resident of Coddington, Crich Carr, and now an Alderman of Northampton City, Massachusetts, USA, who on his arrival at Crich was presented with an address of welcome, visited several old friends the other day, previous to his departure for the USA. Mr ROE sailed on the Mauritania from Liverpool, thus concluding his trip through France and Germany, and a fortnight to finish up in the old country.

Derbyshire Courier 2 August 1913
In succession to the late Rev F.W. von ELLRODT, vicar of Wessington, the vicar of Crich (Rev J.M. SIMMONS) has offered the living to his curate, the Rev W.D. PRONGER, and the latter has accepted. Mr PRONGER has been curate at Crich since 1909. The living of Wessington, which is one of the rural parishes of the Alfreton Rural Deanery, is worth £200, with a vicarage.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 8 August 1913
The death of a former Crich boy in Arthur PIERPOINT, youngest son of Mr and Mrs George PIERPOINT, late of Culland Farm, Crich, took place rather suddenly on July 30th , after a brief illness. The deceased, who was just over seven years of age, was interred at Crich, on Saturday, the last rites being carried out by the Rev W. Douglas PRONGER.
[there followed a list of mourners]
Mr James MASON, represented the Crich Wesleyan Sunday school, of which the deceased was a former scholar, and the bearers (Ernest and William WALTERS, Harold FOGG, and Jack ROLLINSON) were also scholars of the same Sunday school. Amongst the floral tributes was one from the Farnsfield Wesleyan Sunday school.

Derbyshire Courier 9 August 1913

Wessington Vicar 1913


Derbyshire Courier 12 August 1913

Wessington curate 1913
Wessington curate 1913
Wessington curate 1913

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 August 1913
The council agreed to pay £4 per annum to Mr Jos. SULLY, of Crich, for permission to flow sewage through his land.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 August 1913
The Clerk said that he had written to the captain of the Crich Fire Brigade requesting him not to make use of the Council’s water for fire practice without permission of the water bailiff, as the water had to be pumped and a shortage might be occasion. He submitted correspondence upon the subject from the Crich Parish Council.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 16 August 1913
The Crich Town Football Club held their annual supper at the Cliff Inn, headquarters of the club, on Monday evening. Mrs W. CLAYTON catered, an excellent spread being provided. After supper a musical evening was spent, songs being contributed by several members of the company. Mr P.S. SMITH was accompanist. Votes of thanks to the host and hostess were heartily accorded. Mr Walter CLAYTON responding.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 16 August 1913
In the award of honours issued by the Examiners in the Final Classical School, Oxford, recently, appears the name of Ian P. MACDONALD, son of Dr G. Geoffrey MACDONALD, Crich, as having taken a Second in Classical Greats.

Derbyshire Courier 23 August 1913

Harshorne family to Canada 1913
Mrs Thomas HARTSHORNE and her two sons, of Park Head, Crich , sailed yesterday (Friday) for Canada.
Mr HARTSHORNE, with one son and two daughters, went out in March, and will meet the latest emigrants on their arrival.

Belper News 5 September 1913
Julia ALTON, Crich, was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence on August 21st. Defendant said she thought she could keep a collie dog without a license. Pc HARRISON proved the case, and confirmed the woman’s statement. The offence appeared to have been committed in ignorance, and she had now taken out a license. Defendant was ordered to pay 10s including costs.

Derbyshire Courier 6 September 1913

Five generations at Crich 1913

The eldest lady in the group, Mrs John COLLEDGE, of Crich, passed away on Friday in the Belper Union Infirmary. She was known as “Granny Ninety-Five”, and had spent 60 years of her life in Crich, where she was born. The interesting chain of five generations represented in the picture has been broken by her death.

Derbyshire Courier 16 September 1913
Lady can take one or two gentlemen as paying guests, from 25s. Large lawn and garden, also good tennis court. Splendid views, fine air. Mile and half from Ambergate Station. Apply Miss BURTT, Pine Bank, Crich Common, Matlock.

Belper News 26 September 1913
Early the other morning, at the Parish Church, Crich, Miss Nellie DAWES, daughter of Mr and Mrs John DAWES, the Dimple, Crich, was quietly married to Mr Henry John Charles HOLMES, of Sheffield. The bride was given away by her father, was attired in a neat navy blue costume, with hat to match, and was attended as bridesmaid by her sister, Miss Betsy DAWES, who likewise wore navy blue with blue hat. Mr James DAWES, brother of the bride, was the best man. After the wedding breakfast taken at the Dimple the party went for a drive in the Matlock district. The bride, along with her family, are well-known in the Crich district as she was formerly a teacher at the Whatstandwell Day School and later at Crich.

Belper News 26 September 1913
A wedding of much local interest was solemnised at the Parish Church, Crich, by the Rev W.B. PRONGER on Thursday, when Frank Arthur, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Frank HALL, of Hawthorn Bank, Ambergate, was married to Hannah, youngest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs John HANCOCK, Ash Tree House, Crich.
[there followed a long report of the wedding listing guests and presents received]

Derbyshire Courier 1 November 1913

photo of Hedley Bennett 1913

See later report in the Belper News dated 12 December 1913

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 November 1913
Mr W.H.WHISTON (County coroner) held an inquest at Crich on Friday relative to the death of Ann BRUNT, an old inhabitant of the village, 76 years of age, who died in the small hours of Thursday morning. At the inquest the niece said her aunt seemed all right on Wednesday when she went to bed, but early on Thursday morning she was suddenly taken ill, and died almost immediately. Dr RANKIN said death was due to heart failure owing to sickness, and the jury returned the verdict to that effect.

Belper News 12 December 1913
An interesting function took place at the Cliff Inn, Crich, the other day, when Mr Hedley BENNETT, who recently left the Crich district to take up residence at Tideswell, was presented by his friends with a suite of chairs, as a mark of their esteem.
Councillor N.I. HAWKES made the presentation, and stated that some of Mr BENNETT’s friends had felt it their bounden duty to recognise in some tangible manner the good work Mr BENNETT had done in public and private matters. Mr BENNETT had been a resident in the Crich district for nine years, and his stay amongst them had been to the advantage of the parish generally. He had been a member of the Crich Carr Primitive Methodist Church and a Sunday School teacher, in which capacity he had done much to improve and cultivate the rising generation. He also filled the position of secretary to the trustees to the same Church. Mr BENNETT was also an all-round sportsman. He had been a cricketer for the Alderwasley and Crich clubs, and had been a noted local footballer, having been treasurer to the Whatstandwell F.C.and was still a referee.
[the report continued at length about Mr BENNETT and his time in Crich]

Derbyshire Courier 13 December 1913
The wedding was quietly solemnised at the Parish Church Crich, on Monday of Mr Walter Beaumont HILL, only son of Mr John HILL , of Chesterfield, and Miss Florence Minnie DAKIN, only daughter of the late Mr Thomas DAKIN, of “The Bower”, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding and presents received]

Derbyshire Courier 13 December 1913
At Crich a large crowd including all the work people of the district, who temporarily ceased work. The Derwent Bridge at Whatstandwell, and for a distance on each side, was lined with people anxious to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty. Picturesqueness was lent to the scene by the attendance of the Alderwasley and Whatstandwell day scholars bearing Union Jacks, which they waved vigorously as the motor cars passed. An excellent view of Her Majesty was obtained.

Derbyshire Courier 27 December 1913
With the coming of the festive season quite a number of former residents in this district have returned from Canada and America on a visit to the homeland. Doubts often arise in the minds of people living in England as to whether the reports of the Dominion and its prospects were as glowing as they were pictured, and the opinions of several of the returned emigrants as to the truth of these accounts are interesting. Mr William HARTLE, who left Crich about four years ago, in relating his experience of life as he has found it in the great wheat-growing province of Saskatchewan, says that the country is splendid for any young man ambitious to make headway in life. Mr HARTLE was in the joinery manufacturing industry before leaving England, but “out West” he has laboured on the land, being on the farm at Abernathy, Saskatchewan, where he states that practically every resident is English. Asked as to whether the policy of “hussle” obtains in the colony, he stated that whilst there is plenty of work, he never having lost a day since he landed, the spirit of reciprocity between employer and employee is very marked, and work is no harder there than in England. The large number of out-of-works in Winnipeg and other large centres he accounted for as be comprised to a great extent of those who had worked all summer and preferred to live through the winter on their earnings than except a reduced wage during the winter months. The exceptional educational advantages which are within the reach of Canada’s aspiring workers was remarked upon by Mr HARTLE.
[there was further reportage from returning Holloway emigrants]
From the States, after 23 years stay, Mr Joseph SLACK arrived on Saturday at Crich Carr. He had been engaged as a gritstone quarrymen in the Oberlin district of Ohio. At Amherst, close by, there is quite a colony of former Crich Carr residents, most of whom are engaged in gritstone quarrying.