News Snippets between 1800 and 1809

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from the Derby Mercury between 1800 and 1809.

The following index shows names which appear in some of the reports:


In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches –

Derby Mercury Thursday June 19th 1800
We are glad to record the following worth example which we hope may become general. Mr Thomas BOMER of Fritchley near Crich in the County of Derby, farmer is now selling his wheat (which is of a very good quality) amongst the poor working inhabitants in the neighbouring villages at 8s per strike.

Derby Mercury 24th of September 1801
That application is intended to be made to Parliament in the next session for an Act to make communication, by Canals, Railways, and Stone Roads, or some of them, from the Cromford Canal, near Bull Bridge, to near Belper, and to near Black brook Bridge; – which Canals, Railways, or Stone Roads, are meant to pass through parts of the parishes, townships, and liberties of Crich, Heage, Ashley hay, Belper, and Duffield, or some of them; all which places are in the county of Derby: And also to confirm such agreement as may be made between the subscribers to such proposed Canals , Railways, or Stone Roads, and the Cromford Canal Company, relative to such communication.

Derby Mercury 3 December 1801
WHEREAS MELICENT, the wife of WILLIAM SHAW, Innkeeper of Crich, in the county of Derby, eloped from her husband on the 10th November instant, with John HOLLAND, alias Allen GREEN, a fustian weaver, but lately employed as a labourer at Frichley, near Crich and took with them goods, bills and cash to the amount of about 200 pounds the property of the said William SHAW. John HOLLAND appears about 44 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, pale complexion, remarkable wide mouth, and light coloured hair; had on a blue coat and waistcoat, and snuff coloured velveteen breeches. Melicent SHAW is 49 years of age, above middle size, sallow complexion, black eyes; had on a black velvet bonnet, red cloak, and a light coloured check printed gown. Whoever will secure the said John HOLLAND and Melicent SHAW in any of his Majesty's gaols, shall receive a reward of Five guineas from the said William SHAW, who gives this public notice, that he will not pay any Debts the said Melicent SHAW may contract; and the public are cautioned not to pat
her any money owing the said William SHAW.
Nov 10, 1801

Derby Mercury 3 December 1801
On Friday last David COWLISHAW, workman employed to get limestone at a quarry in Crich, in this county, was unfortunately killed there by a quantity of earth, which accidentally gave way and fell upon him.

Derby Mercury 2 September 1802
Yesterday, at Thorpe, in this county, Mr Thos TURTON, of Crich, cotton spinner, to Miss Sarah GARRATT, daughter of Mr John GARRATT: of Stanshope Hall, Staffordshire

Derby Mercury 30 December 1802
The game within Crich Chase, in the county of Derby, having lately been much destroyed by poachers and unqualified persons,
That the owners of the said Chase have appointed a person to preserve the Game there; and that all poachers and unqualified persons found destroying the same, or trespassing in the Chase will be prosecuted according to law. And qualified persons are requested not to shoot their without permission from the owner.
Crich, 20 December 1802

Derby Mercury 30 January 1803
At Crich, near Matlock, in the County of Derby
J WALKER, renews his sincere and grateful acknowledgements to his friends for their past favours; and respectfully informs them and the public in general, that his School will recommence, after the present Christmas Vacation , on Monday, 24 January, 1803. Crich is a remarkably pleasant, airy, and healthful situation; and the Dwelling House and School Rooms are newly erected, on the common, at a proper distance from the village, commanding a most extensive, rural prospect.
The Terms (which are moderate) are as follows:
Entrance, in lieu of sheets, &c. – £0.15s.0d
Washing and Mending, per annum – £1.8s.0d
Board for Young Gentleman under ten years of age, per annum – £10.10s.0d
Ditto for ditto, from ten to fifteen, per annum – £11.11s.0d
Ditto for ditto, from fifteen upwards per annum £12.12s.0d
Education, including English grammatically, Penmanship and Arithmetic, Merchants Accounts, Mensuration, and Algebra per annum – £2.2s0d
Young gentleman, who wish to be instructed in the Law Hands, and practical conveyancing, pay additional for Education per annum – £2.2s.0d
Dancing if required by an approved master 10s.6d per quarter and 2s 6d entrance
No Young Gentleman, at their first coming, can be admitted for less time than a year certain, except by particular agreement; – but after they’ve been one year, they may then leave the School, or at any then future Midsummer or Christmas Vacation

Derby Mercury 30 September 1802
Whereas I JAMES BETTISON, of Southwingfield, in the county of Derby, framework-knitter, have at different times and in different places maliciously scandalised Salathiel TURNER, of Southwingfield aforesaid, and John MARTIN and Enoch HARRISON, in the parish of Crich, in the said county, by saying things of them that I cannot prove, and further declare that I know nothing against them wherein the law will hurt them.
I do hereby publicly acknowledge myself in the fault, and all that I deserve the punishment of the law; and I do hereby publicly ask their pardons for the said scandal promising before witness never to offend any more.
JAMES Bettinson, his mark
South Winfield September 27, 1802

Derby Mercury 24 March 1803
Whereas we, the undersigned Isaac BEARDMORE and Thomas BREARDMORE, jnr, of Haylor Bridge, near Crich, in the county of Derby, did the evening of the 9th inst, maliciously break the windows of messrs John and Thomas TURTOM’s cotton manufactory, and in consequence of their lenity in not commencing a prosecution against us for the same, do hereby publicly ask their pardon for our very l unjustifiable conduct and promise never to offend in the future
his X mark
[Note: no place called Haylor Bridge found; possibly Bull Bridge]

Derbyshire Mercury 30 June 1803
Derbyshire Regiment of Militia
Names and descriptions of defaulters sworn and enrolled served in the said parish in the said militia who have not joined the regiment
Thomas UNDERHILL, labourer sworn January 26, 1803, 26 years of age, 5ft 8in high, fair complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, then residing at Belper in the parish of Duffield in the said county
John AKERS alias JACKSON. labourer January 28 1803 , 28 years of age, 5ft 7¾in high, pale complexion, grey eyes, light hair; then residing at Ilkeston in the said county.
CHARLES, or MICHAEL DAWES, framework knitter, sworn February 25, 1803 , 20 years of age, 5ft 6½in high, pale complexion, grey eyes [light hair then residing at Radford, near Nottingham.
Whoever will apprehend and deliver them to John WALKER , Constable of Crich aforesaid, on or before the 7th day of July next shall receive a reward of five pounds over and above the reward allowed by act of Parliament.
Also wanted immediately, five substitutes for the supplementary militia of the said county; and for filling up the said vacancies – Young men will be engaged on liberal terms, on applying to the parish officer of Crich aforesaid.

Derby Mercury Thursday September 15 1803
On Wednesday the 7th inst a melancholy accident happened at Crich in this County as Mrs. TURTON, wife of Mr John TURTON, was attempting to water some linen which lay on the bank of a large fish pond near the house, when in the act of ladling the water, she unfortunately fell in and was drowned; the dish which she used for the purpose was seen in the pond which lead to a discovery. The body was not found till two hours after; every means were used to restore her, but without effect. By her death her husband has lost a virtuous and affectionate wife, her friends a true friend and the world a true pattern of christian charity and humility.

Derby Mercury 29 December 1803
The annual meeting of the members of this association will be held by the house of Mr James Noble, in Crich, on Saturday evening the 31st instant at which time and place the under mention persons (being present members of the society,) are desired to attend for passing the treasurer’s account, renewing their annual subscriptions, admitting new members, on paying a proportional sum, equal to the stock in hand,
Names of present subscribers, desired to attend.
Parish of Crich
Mr Samuel ALLEN
Samuel LEAM
Christopher SILVESTER
Joseph NOBLE
Benjamin BOWMER
Mr Robert HAY
Mr Thomas HAY
George EMERY, for self,
William SMITH
George BROWN
South Wingfield Park
Mr Joseph WALKER
Attendance will be given by J WALKER, agent and treasurer exactly at 6 o’clock and supper will be on the table by half past seven

Derby Mercury Thursday June 7 1804
At Crich, in this county, his Majesty's birthday was ushered in with the ringing of bells. At six in the morning a flag was hoisted upon the Tower which might be seen for 40 miles. The Volunteers mustered at eleven o'clock, marched to the foot of the Tower and exactly at twelve fired three excellent volleys and gave three hearty huzzas; after which they partook of a dinner provided for them; where many of the respectable inhabitants of the Parish joined. The King, and many other patriotic toasts were given, and the remainder of the day was spent with that joy so truly becoming the occasion.

Derby Mercury 8 November 1804
On Thursday last, the decline, much lamented by her parents and friends, Miss Elizabeth LEAM, of Fritchley, near Crich, in this county, aged 15 years.

Derby Mercury’s 20 December 1804
At Crich school, in this county,
An assiduous, well disposed young man, properly qualified to teach Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, and the English Grammar. Also a youth of about 15 years of age, as half border, that can write well in different hands, and is willing to assist in the school occasionally.
Apply personally, or by letter post paid to J WALKER, in Crich.
NB Crich School will break up, for the present Christmas Vacation, on Friday and Saturday the 21st and 22d instant, and recommence (on the usual moderate terms,) on the 21st January next
Crich Common, 11 December 1804

Derby Mercury 10 January 1805
Begs leave to return thanks to his friends and the public in general for the very liberal and generous support he has hitherto met with, and humbly presumes to inform them that he is taking out a LICENCE to enable him to dispose of dispose of Goods, Houses, Lands, &c, by auction for the accommodation of his acquaintance, assuring them at the same time that no pains will on his part be spared to render his friends every service in his power.

Derby Mercury 6 June 1805
On Friday last, Mrs Lydia Hay, wife of Mr E HAY, of Crich, in this county; after a lingering and painful illness she bore with resignation.
[Note that her husband sold-up on her death, see following auction item]

Derby Mercury 6 June 1805
Crich Auction 1805

Derby Mercury 21 August 1806
having taken out a
Takes this method to inform his friends and the public in general, that he intends acting in the above capacity, and from his general knowledge of the value of property, he flatters himself shall be able to give satisfaction to the those who may choose to honour him with their commands.
Dimple House, near Crich, 11 August 1806
by James TURTON,
at the house of Mr Jas.NOBLE, the Wheatsheaf Inn, in Crich, in the county of Derby, Monday August, 1806, at four o’clock in the afternoon, subject to such conditions and will then be produced.
A freehold estate near Park Gate, in the parish of South Wingfield, in the said county, consisting of a good stone house, barn, stable, cow house, garden, orchard, and five acres or pieces of land containing eleven acres or thereabouts, more or less well watered and in a ring fenced, adjoining the Turnpike Road one mile from Crich and four from Alfreton in possession of Joseph BARLOW, Tennant at will.
One rood of freehold land, in the south-west corner of Mr LEACROFT’s allotment on Moorwood moor, in the said parish of South Winfield, adjoining to Wheatcroft Lane, in possession of Mr Thomas HUNT
A dwelling house, shop, cow house, and garden, with two closes of freehold, tithe free land adjoining, containing about five acres, more or less well watered, situate on Edge Moor or Plaistow in the said parish of Crich, in possession of widow STRUTT.
NB the tenant will show the premises; and for further particulars apply to the auctioneer, at Dimple House, near Crich aforesaid.

Derby Mercury 20 November 1806
Crich auction 1806

Derby Mercury 8 January 1807
Near Matlock, Derbyshire
Under the direction of J.WALKER, and proper Assistants
Will recommence at the usual low terms, on Monday, 19 January, 1807.
After being patronised for many years by a number of respectable families in the different counties of Derby, Nottingham, Stafford, Chester, and Lancaster. J.W.thinks it only necessary to observe that, satisfied with reasonable profits and anxious to render life which is thort as useful as possible, he will exert himself to the almost of his abilities, in fulfilling the various essential, and most important duties of his profession; so as to merit a continuance of that support from the public, which he had hitherto so liberally experienced.
Mr James RUTHERFORD, of Manchester, a young man of good character and approved abilities is engaged as Writing Master and Assistant, for the ensuing year.

Derby Mercury 15 January 1807
On Wednesday the seventh inst. Mr Wm. HASLAM, of the King’s Arms public house, Crich, in this county, aged 68

Derby Mercury 13 August 1807
[In an auction advert for an estate sale of two Lots at Nether Holloway (which was then part of Crich Parish) is the following statement ]
A Pew in Crich Church will be attached to the first Lot.
Mr Joshua DEBANKE will show the premises.

Derby Mercury Thursday December 31 1807
On the 26th as Benj. BAMFORD, a Chelsea Pensioner, aged 80 was going from Crich (where he resided), to Wirksworth both in this County, to make the necessary affidavit to entitle him to his Pension, the cart in which he was travelling was unfortunately overturned by which accident, his head was so much injured, that he died in a few hours.
[Benj. Bamford buried 30 December 1807 at Crich]

Derby Mercury 28 January 1808
On the 22nd in this inst. a man named John HALL, residing at Crich, in this county, having been to Alfreton, returned from thence in a state of intoxication; when near home he fell backwards against the wall, fractured his skull, and died immediately.

Derby Mercury 19 January 1809
A few evening since, Samuel BENNETT, a labouring man residing at Crich, in this county, being on his return home from Wirksworth in a state of intoxication, unfortunately missed his way and fell into the canal, from whence he extricated himself, but being fatigued by the exertions he was unable to reach his house, and perished from cold.

Derby Mercury 2 February 1809
LOCAL MILITIA – The number of men to blue be provided by the several parishes, for the Local Militia of this county, now being ascertained, persons between the ages of 18 and 40, fit for Military service, maybe voluntarily enroll themselves to serve any parish. Such volunteers will be entitled to a bounty of two guineas each, to be paid upon their enrolment, beside the allowance for necessaries, and further privileges, and exemptions granted by the Act of Parliament.
A ballot, it is calculated, will take about every third man, liable to serve, throughout the county; – and that this measure must be resorted to without delay, if the parish quotas are not completed by voluntary enrolments, at this subdivision meetings are appointed for that purpose.
We understand that a plan was agreed upon, at the General Meeting of the Lieutenancy which was held here on Saturday last, for the division of the local militia into Regiments, and of the county into suitable divisions for the raising and maintenance of each regiment. The outline we believe to be as follows: – five regiments are to be formed: The Hundreds of Morleston and Litchfield, Repton and Gresley, and Appletree (with the exception of the parish of Crich, and the township of Alderwasley) are united for the purpose of raising two regiments, one of which to be called “The Derby Regiment,” is to consist of 802, and the other to be called “The Belper Regiment,” is to consist of 800 privates, – and the Head Quarters of both are to be in the town of Derby. – Another regiment to consist of 701 privates, is to be called “The Wirksworth Regiment,”– and to be raised out of the hundred of Wirksworth, united with the parish of Crich, and the township of Alderwasley, in the hundreds of Morleston and Litchfield, and Appletree, and the parishes or townships of Alfreton, Southwingfield, South Normanton, Pinxton, Blackwall, Shirland, Brackenfield, Moreton, Stretton, and Ashover in the hundred of Scarsdale. The headquarters of this regiment are to be in Wirksworth. – A fourth regiment to consist of 981 privates, to be called “The Chesterfield Regiment,” is to be raised out of the remaining parishes are in the hundred of Scarsdale, and the Head Quarters are to be in Chesterfield. – And the remaining regiment, which is to consist of 744 privates and called “The Chatsworth Regiment,” is to be raised in the hundred of High Peak. Buxton will be the Head Quarters.