which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

Revd Joseph Martyn Simmons vicar of Crich 1906–1917

newspaper clippiung of Revd Simmons

Interesting to read in the Derbyshire Times report of 1906 that the former vicar, Revd Geldart, took a dispondent view of the difficulties of Crich Parish.

Church working party – c1910

Church working party with Revd Simmons.

photo of church working party

Back row: Miss Sarah Wilton, Miss Mary Wilton (1), Miss Mary Wilton (2), Mrs Gover, Mr William Piggin, Revd Joseph Simmons with wife Elizabeth and daughter, two unknown ladies
Middle Row: Mrs Coleman, Mrs Barnes (née Perry), Mrs Piggin, Mrs Holmes, Mrs Elizabeth Mercer
Front Row: Mrs Piggin, Mrs Hayes, Mrs Holtham, Mrs England

The three Misses Wilton were from Wakebridge Farm. Sarah (c 1864) and Mary (c1852) were sisters and Mary (c1891) was their niece. The two sisters were originally from Biggin, their niece from Crich.

Mr Piggin is likely to be William Piggin, sexton (c1869) his wife was Lizzie (c1869)

Mrs Mercer would be Elizabeth Mercer (c1866) wife of Alfred Mercer the Crich Pharmacist.

Mrs Hayes was probably Mary Ann Hayes (nee Harper c1967) wife of John Hayes (quarryman)

Revd Joseph Martyn Simmons (c1871) was vicar of Crich 1906–1917. His wife was Elizabeth (c1875) and they had two daughters Helen Mary (c1902) and Lilian Faith (c1908)

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