CRICH is an extensive parish, containing the township of Crich, in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred; the township of Wessington, in the Scarsdale Hundred ; and the township and chapelry of Tansley in the Wirksworth Hundred. The entire parish contained in 1851, 3,670 inhabitants.
Crich is a large well-built village and township, pleasantly situated at the cross of the roads from Alfreton to Cromford and Wirksworth; 5 miles W. by S. from Alfreton. The church, which is dedicated to St. Michael, is a handsome structure, situated on a commanding eminence, with a tower, surmounted by a spire, and five bells. The living is a vicarage ; Rev. William Chawner, B.A., is the incumbent. The General Baptists, the Wesleyans, the Wesleyan Reformers, and Primitive Methodists, have each places of worship here. The Primitive Methodists have also chapels at Crich Carr, and Fritchley ; the Independents have also a chapel at the latter place. The national school was erected in 1848.
Ambergate, a small hamlet on the Midland Railway, at the junction where the Matlock and Rowsley and Matlock branch joins the main line, 1½ mile S.E. from Crich. Here is a neat railway station.
Tansley, a township, chapelry, and scattered village, 5 miles N.N.E. from Crich. A district church was erected here in 1839. It is a neat stone structure. The living is a perpetual curacy; the Rev. Melville Holmes is the incumbent. A handsome national school was built in 1843 ; since which an infant school has been added. The Wesleyan Methodists have a neat chapel here.
Wessington, a small village, 3 miles N. from Crich. A Sunday school was erected by subscription in 1841, which is now licensed as an Episcopal place of worship, and the vicar of "Crich officiates in it. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a small chapel here.
Post-office, at Charlotte Witham's, Crich. Letters arrive from Belper at 8.0 a.m., and are despatched at 6.0 p.m.
Post-office, at Mary Leam's, Fritchley. Letters arrive at 8.0 a.m. and are despatched at 6.30 p.m.GENTRY, CLERGY, &c.
Chawner, Rev. W., B.A., vicar, Vicarage
Frost, Mrs. Dinah
Alsop, John and Robert, besom makers
Leam, Mary, grocer
TRADERS & c.
Post Office at John Thatcher’s; letters arrive by foot-post from Matlock Bath at 10.0 a.m., and are despatched at 4.30 p.m.
Holmes, Rev. Melville, incumbent
|Blackwell, Joseph, farmer
Bobanks, James, grocer and chandler
Bown, William, Gate Inn and farmer
Calow, Francis, wood turner
Calow, William, shoemaker
Cook, John, farmer
Eaton, Ann, farmer
Farnsworth, John, bleacher
Fox, James and Joseph, millers
Garton, John, bleacher and paint works
Hackett, Thomas, smallware manufacturer
Hicklin, William, farmer
Potter, John, stonemason
|Radford and Sons, cotton spinners
Smith, Joseph and Stephen, nurseryman
Smith, Samuel, dyer
Spencer, Thomas, farmer
Spencer, William, shoemaker
Spendlove, Job, farmer T
Taylor, Timothy, George and Dragon Inn
Thatcher, John, grocer
Twigg, Ben., farmer
Watts, Grace, farmer
Wetton, Elizabeth, farmer
White, George, blacksmith
Whittaker, William, shopkeeper
Frost, John, Bunting HouseTRADERS, &c.
|Bansall, Matthew, farmer
Bryan Matthew, farmer
Cardeux Mary Ann, schoolmistress
Cresswell, farmer and brickmaker
Cross, John, shopkeeper
Goodwin, William, farmer
Hodgson, Thomas, farmer
Lane, William, shoemaker
Marriott, Mary, farmer
Marsden John, farmer
Marshall, Elizabeth, farmer
Mountney, james, shopkeeper and farmer
Rawson, Eloizabeth, shopkeeper
Rawson, William, farmer
Sadler, Thomas, wheelwright
Sims, James, Three Horse Shoes
|Sims, John, farmer
Sterland, William, Horse and Jockey butcher, and tanner
Taylor, Timothy, shoemaker
Thorpe, Thomas, farmer
Tomlinson, W., blacksmith
Wetton, George, farmer
Wheatcroft, William, shoemaker
White, Joseph, farmer
Willott, George, farmer
Willott, Jonathan, farmer
Wragg, Edward, farmer
Wragg, George, farmer
Wragg, Samuel, farmer
Yeomans, John, farmer
Note: In the Crich records Benjamin Broadhurst is shown as being at the Thatched House Tavern. This was not in Crich but at Ambergate on the site of the Hurt Arms (the Tavern was demolished before 1874)
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