CRICH PARISH

which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

Photo album of Crich Cross

The cross stands on the site of an earlier monument, listed as ancient in 1857 and described by local poet Ann Perry as an old blackened wooden cross. The present cross dates from 1871 and was designed and carved by a local man Isaac Petts. There is a memorial to him in Crich church yard.
The cross consists of a tapering stone shaft on a square base set on three earlier steps. The wheel cross head has a foliage decoration to the west face and a carved figure to the east face. Most of the early directories, copying from each, other describes the figure as St Michael overcoming the dragon. It is hard to see evidence of a dragon.
The area surrounding the cross was the market place for Crich until the 1920s.

The following artwork is the original drawing for the cross given to Isaac Petts to copy

artwork for Crich Cross

Courtesy Aileen Taylor

Crich Cross

The end result

 

Photographs and postcards courtesy of Beryl Calladine; private album (P.N.); Graham Swift

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Courtesy Betty Benford

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Betty's Flower Shop with Joy's hairdressing next-door c1995
 

 

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