News Snippets between 1830 and 1839

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from the Derby Mercury between 1830 and 1839.

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


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

Common abbreviations used in the newspaper reports are: ult. [ulimo] meaning the previous month; inst. [instant] meaning the current month, se'nnight [sevennights] meaning a week and &c. meaning et cetera.

The village of Washington mentioned is modern-day Wessington which until 1859 was part of Crich parish.

Derby Mercury 27 January 1830
On the sixth instant, Mr Thomas BOWMER, (some years ago a carrier betwixt Crich and Derby) aged 75 years; – on the eighth, Mr George YOUNG, innholder, aged 65 years; – on the 11th, Mr William BOWMER, aged 82 years: – on the 20th, Mr John NIGHTINGALE, (having been a widower for about 10 months) age 68 years; – and on the 21st Mr Samuel LEAM, aged 74 years; all of the parish of Crich, in this county, old and respected inhabitants there, and justly esteemed by their numerous and respective relations and friends.

Derby Mercury 24 March 1830
All persons who stood indebted to the late Mr George YOUNG, of Crich, in this county, deceased, are desired to pay in their accounts to Mr BEARDSLEY, Edge Moor Farm, near Crich. And all persons who have any demand on the estate of the said George YOUNG, are desired to send the same to the said Mr BEARDSLEY within one month from the date hereof.

Derby Mercury 24 March 1830
On the 13th instant, Mary, wife of Mr Geo. TAYLOR, of Plaster Green [sic], near Crich, aged 64 years

Derby Mercury 9 June 1830
And on the 8th inst. at Crich, on view of the body of Joseph WALLIS, of that place, miller, who died suddenly in the Methodist Chapel at that place during divine service on the 6th instant. Verdict “died by the visitation of God.”

Derby Mercury 9 June 1830
On Thursday the 3rd instant, at Ashover, Mr John LIMB, veterinary surgeon, of Moorwood Moor, near Crich, to Elizabeth, daughter of Mr William FLINT, farmer, of Lea, all in this county.

Derby Mercury 16 June 1830
On the 2nd instant, at Fishwick, near Preston, Mr James TURTON, late of Dimple House, near Crich, in this county, in his 82nd year.

Derby Mercury 21 July 1830
Robert SELLORS, for breaking into a brewhouse at Crich, and stealing several articles, the property of Henry CLOUGH; also stealing other sundries belonging to Ralph SMITH, out of his yard; – to be imprisoned six months, and kept a hard labour.

Derby Mercury 11 August 1830
Thomas WILSON, aged 15, and William WILSON, his father, aged 47, were interdicted – the former for stealing from the letterbox at Crich a letter containing £158.19s the property of Mr WILLIAMS, of Manchester, and the latter for receiving part of the money knowing the same to have been stolen.
This was a prosecution instituted by the post-office against the prisoners for stealing the above property out of a letter put into the post-office.There was a second indictment against the prisoners, charging them with a capital offence of stealing the letter out of the post-office, but this was not proceeded upon..
Mr CLARKE conducted the prosecution, and after shortly stating the case called Mr Thomas LEE, who deposed that he sent his brother with a letter to the post office at Crich a short time before 11 o’clock on Saturday night, the 29th May. The letter contained a draft for £78.19s especially endorsed, a fifty pound bank postal bill, and three ten pound banknotes, and was addressed to Mr WILLIAMS, of Manchester.
James LEE stated that he put a letter into the post-office at Crich on the evening in question addressed to Mr WILLIAMS, I distinctly heard the letter fall into the box.
Joseph WITHAM keeps the post-office at Crich; the box is placed in the window; takes the letters out of the box at 1a quarter after ten every night, except on Saturday, and on that night at half-past eleven, for the purpose of placing them in a pouch to be conveyed to Alfreton at half-past seven the next morning. On the 29th May he was in the shop from before eleven o’clock till half-past eleven when he opened the box. It contained one letter, and it was not addressed to Mr WILLIAMS; there is a counter in the shop; no one could reach the box across the counter, or go round the counter and take a letter out of it without his knowledge; to the best of his knowledge the box was locked. – On cross-examination, he said he had a young man, a servant girl, and three children; they all passed occasionally through the shop; observed no violence on the outside of the box, and that the slot would not admit a man’s hand.
Mr James WALL stated that he was a clerk in the bank that works with; I had seen the elder WILSON there; he came and asked for cash for a bill for £78.19s; he gave his name William WILSON, and said he came from Crich, and told the witness he had it off a boy named Clayton, who was apprenticed to Mr LEE. Witness suspecting all was not right, desired him to call again; prisoner did so and was then taken into custody.
Thomas BURLEY, constable of Wirksworth, searched William WILSON, and found upon him a watch, a sovereign, two half crowns, the pencil case, and 2 1/2d. Upon John WILSON he found a watch, half crown, &c.. and on William CLAYTON he found two shillings and fourpence and a pocketknife. On a bed in WILSON’s house he found the new suit of clothes, and in a hole in the wall near Mr WALKER’s hat manufactory, to which place they conducted him, he found the letter torn in pieces which contained the remittance.
John and James SMITH found the £50 Bank post bill locked up in William WILSON’s box in his house at Plaistow Green, and three sovereigns in a drawer inCLAYTON’s house which is under the same roof; and as they were taking Thomas WILSON to be examined before magistrates, he told them where the letter was hidden.
Thomas MAWKES, of Belper sold to prisoners on 31st May three watchers for £7.11s for which he was paid with a ten-pound note.
James SIMS, of Belper, changed a ten-pound note for William CLAYTON on the same day.
William CLAYTON, a boy, aged 13, who admitted evidence for the prosecution, deposed that he went accompanied by Thomas WILSON on Saturday night 29 May, to STOCKS, for some stockings, and to Mr WITHAM’s shop for some bonnets, where he remained five minutes, leaving Thomas WILSON at the door, when he again joined him. WILSON said, look Bill, and pointed to a letter which was just in the nick of the post office, and said take it out put in your pocket, and they would look at it in the morning. Both slept together. In the morning WILSON said to witness “let us look at the letter,” and said he wished there might be a pound note in it, and they would then go drinking. Thomas WILSON took out the money and put it in his pocket, saying, he could keep it better than him; tried to change a ten-pound note the next morning; hid the letter in the wall, and on Monday morning gave one ten-pound note note to Thomas WILSON’s father, obtained change for another, and took five pounds apiece; they then went to Mr MAWKE’s, where the watches were purchased.
This witness on his examination before the Magistrates, said they found the letter on the ground under the post office; but now stated that this was not true, that what he now told about it was the truth.
The prisoners made no defence; several respectable persons gave them a good character; and the jury after an impartial summing up by the judge, pronounce a verdict of guilty.
The learned Judge, in consideration of the recommendation of the jury, only sentenced the younger prisoner to seven years transportation; and held out hopes to him that he would be sent to the establishment at Sheerness. His Lordship sentence the elder prisoner, whose conduct was far more reprehensible, to be transported for fourteen years.

Derby Mercury 3 November 1830
On the 25th ult. at Bull Bridge, near Crich, in this county, after a few days illness, William CURZON, aged 49 – he had been a faithful servant in Mrs MATHER’s family of that place for upwards of 20 years.

Derby Mercury 23 February 1831
Crich auction of 1831
Names mentioned:
Charles BAKER,
Samuel STORER,
[note: this auction is a repeat of that recorded in the Derby Mercury 17 June 1829]

Derby Mercury 30 March 1831
Committed to the County Jail since our last, for trial :
Lydia SMITH, charged with stealing a loin of pork and two pieces of beef, of the value of ten shillings, the property of Ralph Wheeldon SMITH of Crich

Derby Mercury 6 April 1831
On Tuesday the 5th instant, at Crich, in this county, by the Rev. Thomas CORNTHWAITE, vicar, Mr Thomas LEE, to Mary, second daughter of Mr SAXTON, of the same place

Derby Mercury 13 July 1831
On Monday last, at Crich, in this county, by the Rev Edward SPENCER, Mr Samuel STATHAM, of Starkholmes, hatter, to Miss SIMS, of the former place.

Derby Mercury 16 November 1831
Oakerthorpe and Ashbourne Road
Notice is hereby given, that a meeting of the trustees of this road will be held at the Red Lion Inn, in Wirksworth on Thursday the 22nd day of December next, at eleven o’clock in the forenoon,, for the purpose of taking into consideration the state of the road between Hotstandall Bridge [sic] and Crich, and to determine upon the proceedings to adopted dead against the owners or occupiers of lands adjoining & lying on the southwestwardly side thereof, and compel them to put the fences adjoining the said road into a complete and secure state of repair, and at the said meeting the annual accounts of the said road will be audited.

Derby Mercury 21 March 1832
Anthony STRANGE, aged 21, for stealing at Crich, eight pounds of bread, the property of Gervaise SPENDLOVE, – The prosecutor, a farmer in the parish of Crich, observed the prisoner loitering about his premises after he’d done his day’s work, on 12 January; he missed a loaf and went to the prisoner’s father’s, and charged him with stealing the loaf; the prisoner knowledge that he had taken it, and said where it was; and some ha been cut-off; the prisoner pleaded want; the witness did not see any other victuals in the house. – Guilty, recommended to mercy – to be imprisoned one month to hard labour

Derby Mercury 27 June 1832
On Tuesday the 19th instant, at the Coastshill-house, Crich, after many months extreme afflictions which she bore with great resignation and fortitude of mind, Mrs Hannah TOWNDROW, widow, aged 55 years, leaving four sons and two daughters, an aged mother, and other near relations, to lament their privation

Derby Mercury 18 July 1832
poem about Bessie Towndrow 1832


Derby Mercury 12 September 1832
On Sunday last, of a protracted sickness of several years, which he bore with Christian serenity of mind, Mr George MARSHALL, of Crich, aged 52 years, leaving a widow and five children (which he had by a former wife,) to lament their loss. – His general character as a husband, father, and neighbour, was praise-worthy; and through all his bodily and complicated afflictions, he appeared to realise the comfort of religion, and the salvation of his soul.

Derby Mercury 12 September 1832
We have received the following returns in reference to the number of freeholders qualified to vote at the next general election for the Southern Division of this county:
in the Constablewick of Crich 113

Derby Mercury 24 October 1832
On Monday, at Crich, Mr James SWINDALL, of that place, to Ann, daughter of the late Mr William MARRIOTT, of this town

Derby Mercury 28 November 1832
On the 10th instant, in her 90th year, Mrs GOODALE, relict of the late Mr Wm. GOODALE, of Wakebridge, near Crich, in this county

Derby Mercury 5 December 1832
On Thursday, the 29th ult at Crich, in this county, by the Rev E. SPENCER, Mr William MARSHALL, the only son of Mr MARSHALL, of Cliff House, to Mary, relict of the late Mr Samuel SMITH of the former place.

Derby Mercury 5 December 1832
Thomas TAYLOR, of Crich, labourer, was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment in the above gaol, for having on the 24th ult, trespassed on lands at Longway Bank, Wirksworth, in search of conies.

Derby Mercury 2 January 1833
Committed to the County Gaol since our last,
And James HOGG, charged with breaking into the dwelling house of Salathal SHAW, of Crich, and stealing thereout, one coat, one shirt, one shift, one shawl, eleven pairs of cotton stockings, one handkerchief, two loaves of bread, half a pound of butter, and a small quantity of mutton, her property.

Derby Mercury 2 January 1833
On Monday the 24th ult. at Crich Chase Wharf, Mary, wife of Benjamin GRATION, aged 56. She bore a long and severe affliction with Christian patience and fortitude, was an excellent wife neighbour, and highly respected by all with whom she was acquainted

Derby Mercury 27 March 1833
James HAWKESLEY, aged 24, John BOOTH, aged 24, Benjamin TAYLOR, aged 28, and William TAYLOR, aged 24, were indicted for assaulting Benjamin HIDES, at Belper, and stealing from his person three sovereigns and one pound fourteen shillings in silver. – Prosecutor stated he lives at Crich Carr; work as a stocking maker for Mr FOX, of Derby, and had been there on 23 February to take in his work , for which he received £4.12s. 8½d.; his road home led him through Belper; he arrived at Cow Hill at nearly twelve o’clock, for the purpose of sleeping at Mrs SHIPTON’s, who with her daughter, and another inmate, were in the house; in fifteen minutes the prisoners at the bar came in, used bad language, and began pushing each other about on the house floor; one of the prisoners knocked his hat into the fire, and in a short time William TAYLOR knocked him backwards with his fist, and dragged him out of the house, and into the yard by the house side; BOOTH then got upon him, and the others assisted in undoing his braces and rifling his pockets; they took his purse, three sovereigns, and one pound fourteen shillings in silver, and kicked and disabled him in the shoulder; they then left him, and he crawled into the house on his hands and knees. – On cross-examination, said he was a little intoxicated, but knew how to take care of his money. – Mary SHIPTON corroborated the above statements, and stated that on going out of the house to call a neighbour, she heard the prosecutor cry out “don’t take my money, and spare my life.”
Mr EVANS, surgeon, saw prosecutor the following morning, and found him much bruised.
The Counsel for the prisoners proved by several witnesses that HIDES was very drunk, and fell down several times between Derby and Duffield, and might by so doing lose money from his pocket.
Several persons were called to speak to the character of the prisoners, and after an impartial summing up by the learned Judge, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty – Judgement of death recorded.

Derby Mercury 15 May 1833
On Saturday last, at Crich, on the body of David CURZON. The deceased was a miner, and the day previous and been engaged with other miners at Crich, in making preparations for a general day of rejoicing on the Saturday. He went to bed at his usual time in perfect health, and in the morning was found dead. The jury returned a verdict accordingly.

Derby Mercury 12 June 1833
An aged brown mare pony, 12 hands high, was stolen out of the yard of Mr TOWNDROW, of the parish of Crich, in this county, in the night of Monday the third incident. A reward of two pounds, over and above what is allowed by the Crich Association, is offered on conviction of the offender or offenders.

Derby Mercury 12 June 1833
On Wednesday the fifth instant, at Crich in this county, on the body of Ralph POYSER, who on that day went out with a loaded gun, for the purpose of destroying rats, and in about an hour after he left home, but found by his brother a short distance from his residence quite dead, the contents of the gun having lodged in the right side of his neck. The jury after careful investigation, returned a verdict of “accidental death.”

Derby Mercury 10 July 1833
On Monday the 1st instant, at Crich, in this county, by the Rev. Edward SPENCER, William, youngest son of Mr John DUNNICLIFFE, Clifton, near Ashbourne, to Olivia, only daughter of Mr Henry BUXTON, Crich Carr.

Derby Mercury 18 December 1833
At Ashover, on Wednesday last, by the Rev LITTLE, M.A.curate, Mr Wm. SHIPSTONE, of Crich, to Miss Mary WILSON, of Birkin-Lane, in the parish of Ashover.

Derby Mercury 9 April 1834
At Crich, in this county, on the 29th ult.. Mr Isaac BESTWICK, of the Sun Inn, aged 47 Years, leaving a widow and one son to lament their loss.

Derby Mercury 23 July 1834
Derbyshire Summer Assizes
Thomas WHEATCROFT aged 31, charged with stealing six scythe sticks at Crich. – William SHIPSTON, a scythe stick manufacturer, at that place, stated that on the 8th July, he was aroused at half after three in the morning by his dog barking; and looking out of the window he saw the prisoner taking his scythe sticks, which he ran away with. – Guilty: to be imprisoned six months and kept to hard labour.

Derby Mercury 24 September 1834
And on Monday the 22nd instant, another inquest was held at Crich, on the body of Joseph MOORE, a miner. The deceased was employed in the shaft of a mine at Crich, with two other men who were a little distance from him, and it was thought the deceased must have lost his balance in striking, which cause him to fall a distance of 26 yards down the shaft, whereby he received several severe wounds about the head which causes death in about 20 minutes. The deceased has left a widow and seven children to deplore his untimely fate. The jury returned a verdict of “accidental death.”

Derby Mercury 15 October 1834
Public Acknowledgement
I undersigned Elizabeth SELLERS, wife of Charles SELLERS, of Crich, in the county of Derby, coal higgler, do hereby acknowledge and confess that the scandalous reports I have circulated against the character of Mr George SMITH, of Plaistow Green, are without foundation, and money was extorted from him in consequence thereof. But the said Mr SMITH has kindly forborne to prosecute me, and to grant me pardon for the offence, upon making this acknowledgement: – I do hereby in consideration thereof, express my deep sorrow and contrition for having attempted to so injure his character, and do promise never again to annoy the said Mr SMITH either in the like, or any other manner. And I consent that this acknowledgement of my delinquency shall be made public. – Witness by my hand this eighth day of October 1834
Elizabeth Sellers, her mark
Witness John Burton

Derby Mercury 10 December 1834
At Duffield, near Derby, on the 3rd instant, by the Rev Jonathan STUBBS, George eldest surviving son of the late Mr Jonathan WILLOTT, of Heage, to Miss Ann LYNAM, of Crich.

Derby Mercury 25 February 1835
Thomas TAYLOR, charged with entering a candle house at Crich, I’m stealing theirout a pair of panniers and a quantity of tallow candles, the property of Thomas LEE

Derby Mercury 6 May 1835
Mr Thomas WRAGG, of Crich, to Miss Rachel HOLMES, of Bolehill Wirksworth

Derby Mercury 27 May 1835
On the 9th instant, Ann, wife of Mr Gervase SPENDLOVE of Wakebridge, near Crich.

Derby Mercury 10 June 1835
On Sunday last, Emma Mary, the infant daughter of Mr Gervase SPENDLOVE, of Wakebridge, near Crich.
Suddenly, at Hotstandwell Bridge [sic] on Saturday se’nnight Mr Samuel JOHNSON. He has left a widow and a large family of young children to lament their loss

Derby Mercury 30 September 1835
On Tuesday se’nnight, at Plaistow, near Crich, deeply regretted by her numerous friends Sarah, wife of Mr B GREATOREX, aged 39 years.
At Edge Farm, Crich, in this county, on Friday, the 18th instant, after several years’ illness, Thomas, only son of Mr L. BEARDSLEY, aged 29 years

Derby Mercury 13 December 1835
On Friday night, the 19th instant, as George SMITH, eldest son of Mr R.W. SMITH, of Crich, was returning from Milford, where he had been with malt, the mare which he had in the cart, on leaving Belper, went off at full speed, and overturned the cart and broke the shaft. After having secured the shaft with the reins with which he had previously guided the mare, Mr SMITH proceeded on his journey, but having no command over the animal she again went off in full speed, and, in attempting to get over the front of the cart, Mr SMITH was thrown under the wheel which passed over him and broke his thigh, and otherwise much injured him. He lay upon the road in this miserable plight for nearly four hours, and must have perished had it not been for Joseph SELLORS, the toll-gatekeeper, who, on receiving the mare and cart at the gate without a driver, and suspecting all was not right, got up, and proceeded to the spot where the injured man was lying, almost lifeless. Assistance was immediately procured, and the poor fellow was conveyed home. Mr EVANS, surgeon, of Belper, was sent for, and was shortly in attendance. He said the bowl, and we are glad to learn that SMITH is likely to recover.

Derby Mercury 20 January 1836
On the 9th instant, at Barn Close House, Fritchley, in the parish of Crich, in this county, after a protracted illness, Mr Thomas BOWMER, yeoman aged 70 years.
On the 10th instant, Mrs Mary FIDLER, at Crich, relict of Mr John FIDLER farmer, late of Woolly, near Higham, in this county, and mother of Mrs ELLIOTT, of Crich, aged 82 years
And on the 11th instant, Martha FLOWERTY, of the parish of Crich, widow, aged 78 years.

Derby Mercury 27 January 1836
At Crich on the 19th instant, by the Rev. G.B. BLAKELEY, curate, Mr David TOWNDROW, of Coasthill house, to Phoebe eldest daughter of the late Mr Ralph POYSER, of Bull Bridge near Crich

Derby Mercury 6 April 1836
Suddenly, at the Bull's Head In, Crich, Mr George TAYLOR, of Plaistow. He went to Crich for the purpose of presenting his account at the annual meeting on the 25th ult., but previous to their presentation he was taken ill, and death terminated his mortal career on Monday morning. He was a man of general knowledge as to parish business, and the parishioners will long have to regret their loss.

Derby Mercury 20 April 1836
At Crich, on Sunday the 3rd inst. Mr Thomas CHEETHAM, stonemason, aged 81 years

Derby Mercury 31 August 1836
On the 29th instant, at Crich, in this county, aged 75 years, Mr Murdoch McKENZIE, surgeon, who had resided there, professionally, for more than forty years.

Derby Mercury 28 September 1836
On Sunday the 25th instant, the Daniel BOWNES, of Crich, in this county, son of Mr George BOWNES, of the same place, after a long and troublesome illness, aged 21 years

Derby Mercury 19 October 1836
Opening of a lodge at Crich
Another branch of this respectable community was on Thursday last opened at the House of Host FRITCHLEY, the Jovial Dutchman, at Crich, in this county, under the title of “the Cleft in the Rock Lodge.”
[There followed a lengthily report of the procedure]

Derby Mercury 26 October 1836
CROWN COURT, before Philip GELLL, Esq Chairman
Phoebe CURZON pleaded guilty to an indictment, charging her with stealing at Crich, four pounds weight of beef, the property of Ralph Wheeldon SMITH. – Sentence, one month’s imprisonment and hard labour.

Derby Mercury 23 November 1836
On Friday last, at Crich, on the body of William POYSER, a child of the age of eighteen months, who died very suddenly at that place on the Tuesday previous . From a post-mortem examination made by Mr S.H. EVANS, of Crich, surgeon, it appeared that the child died from the effects of a violent fit of apoplexy. Verdict accordingly

Derbyshire Courier 28 January 1837
At Crich, on the 17th inst, Mr Robert BUNTING, to Miss WALKER, both of Washington, in the parish of Crich.
At the same place, on the 21st instant, Mr Adam BUNTING, to Miss Ann FRITCHLEY, both of Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 18 February 1837
At Crich, on Tuesday the 7th instant, Mr George WHEATCROFT, of that place, to Miss Mary Ann HOLGATE, of Turnditch, both in this county.

Derby Mercury 22 February 1837
At an advanced age, on Thursday morning last, respected through life, and lamented in death, Benjamin BOWMER, of Fritchley, near Crich, Gentlemen.
At Crich, on the 6th instant, Mrs Mary HUDSON, aged 54. – On the 7th instant, at Fritchley, in the parish of Crich, Mr James NOBLE, at an advanced age. – At Crich Carr, on the 8th instant, Miss Hannah KIRK, in the 27th year of her age.

Derby Mercury 19 July 1837
On the 3rd instant, at Crich, Martha Anne, the eldest daughter of Mr SAXTON. Her protracted sufferings were borne with pious resignation to the divine will.

Derbyshire Courier 22 July 1837
On Sunday, the 16th instant, at Crich, Millicent, the beloved wife of Mr R.W. SMITH, aged 51, leaving her family and friends to lament the loss of a loving wife, a tender mother, and sincere friend.

Derby Mercury 26 July 1837
STACK COVER STOLEN – in the night of the 10th inst some person or persons stole a large stack cover, containing 96 square yards of strong calico from a haystack on the premises of Mr R.W. SMITH, of Crich in this county, butcher. A reward of five guineas is offered for such information as may lead to the conviction of the offender or offenders, exclusive of the reward from the Crich Association.

Derby Mercury 2 August 1837
Committed to Derby County Gaol
Samuel FORMAN, charged with stealing at Crich, one calico shirt, the property of William CHARLESWORTH

Derbyshire Courier 2 September 1837
CRICH – we understand that the Rev. Thomas CORNTHWAITE has resigned the vicarage of Crich in this county, after holding it 36 years.

Derby Mercury 6 September 1837
poem about John Walker of Crich 1838
[presumably by J WALKER head of the private school on the Common; see his obituary 12 September 1838]

Derby Mercury 29 November 1837
On Monday the 20th instant, by the Rev BLACKLEY, Mr John HOBLEY, of Bingham, to Miss Elizabeth HORSPOOL, of Fritchley, near Crich. – On the same day and place Mr Robert ALSOP, of Crich Carr, to Miss Rebecca PRINCE, of the same place.

Derbyshire Mercury 30 December 1837
On Sunday se’nnight, at Crich, at the house of his nephew, Crich Mr George SMITH, in the 79th year of his age.

Derbyshire Courier 25 November 1837
On Friday, the 17th instant, Miss Sarah BOWMER, of Barn Close House, Crich, aged 28 years.

Derby Mercury 3 January 1838
Mr George BUXTON, of Crich, to Miss Sarah WRAGG, of Lea, in the parish of Ashover

Derby Mercury 10 January 1838
The following are the results of the trials of the prisoners:
John WHITEHURST, aged 24, charged with stealing one copper kettle at Crich, the property of Henry BUDWORTH – imprisoned six months and hard labour.
Thomas WETTON, aged 15, stealing at Crich, one pound of candles, the property of Thomas LEE – imprisoned one month and hard labour

Derbyshire Courier 17 February 1838
At Normanton, on Monday last, Mr William TAYLOR to Miss Eliza WILBRAHAM, both of Crich.
At Crich, aged 31 years, Sarah, wife of Mr James HIGGOT, of Crich. She was a pattern to posterity worthy of imitation.

Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield Gazette, and General County Advertiser 31 March 1838
CRICH – the appointment of Guardians and other officers, for the parish of Crich, took place on the 26th inst. When the following gentlemen were nominated and appointed: – Mr Peter PEARSON, Mr George WHEATCROFT, Church wardens; Mr Lott BEARDSLEY, Mr Thomas LEE, Overseers of the Poor; Mr John SMITH, Constable; Mr Ralph W SMITH, and James WIGHTMAN, Guardians.

Derbyshire Courier 28 April 1838
At Crich, on Sunday last, by the Rev. Carson, vicar, Mr William SIMS, of Crich, to Miss COLLEDGE, of Fritchley.

Derby Mercury 16 May 1838
ROBBERY – On Thursday night, the 3rd inst. A cordwainer’s shop, in Crich, was broken into and about £8 worth of leather, therefrom, the property of Mr George HOLMES
SHEEP STOLEN– On Tuesday night, the 4th inst. a fat sheep, the property of Mr R.W. SMITH, of, Crich, butcher, was stolen. A reward of £50 is offered on conviction of the offenders, which we hope may be the means of bringing them to justice.

Derbyshire Courier 26 May 1838
At Crich, on Monday, the 14th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr John SILVESTER, aged 49 years.
Same day, Anthony, infant son of Mr James HIGGOTT.
At Holloway, near Crich, on the 15th instance, Ann, wife of Mr James AMATT.
Same place, on the 22nd inst., Mrs Martin TAYLOR, in the prime of life.

Derbyshire Courier 18 August 1838
At Crich, in this county, on the 9th instant, Ann HALL, age 51 years

Derbyshire Courier 23 June 1838
BEQUESTS – we have much pleasure in stating that the Rev Thomas CORNTHWAITE, vicar of Crich, has left the following bequests: £200 to the port of Crich; £100 to the Derby Benevolent Society; and £40 to the Derby Dispensary.

Derbyshire Courier 1 September 1838
At Plaistow Green, near Crich, on Thursday morning week, Job, fifth son of Mr William PEAT, aged 29 years; his end was peace.

Derby Mercury 12 September 1838
Lately, at Crich, in this county, aged 69 years, Mr WALKER, late school-master and conveyancer. He commenced teaching school when 18 years of age at Crich, which avocational he followed until about nine months ago. He had also the management of the parish affairs in Crich, and has been allowed by nearly all were acquainted with him not to be surpassed in his knowledge of parish business.

Derbyshire Courier 29 September 1838
The inhabitants of Nailstone and Normanton, Leicestershire, have presented their late Curate, the Rev Mr CASSON (on the occasion of his leaving them, for the living of Crich, Derbyshire, presented to him by Sir W DIXIE, Bart.), a splendid silver tea service, bearing an inscription, expressive of their esteem and respect for the active interest he has at all times taken in their welfare, both spiritual and temporal, during a ministry of eight years, and towards raising which, his poorer parishioners have shown the most anxious wish to contribute – a testimony of his benevolence and worth, far greater than any eulogy could effect.

Derby Mercury 3 October 1838
CRICH – on Thursday, the 20th ult. A vestry meeting was held in the parish church at Crich, for the purpose of granting a church rate for that parish of 1½ in the pound. After some discussion proposition was made for the rate. The opposition then moved an amendment, “That the meeting do adjourn for 12 months.” A division took place, when there appeared, for the rate 64 against it 10.

Derby Mercury 31 October 1838
On Saturday last, at Crich, on the body of William ATKIN, a person employed on the North Midland Railway, whose death was occasioned by a large portion of soil and shale falling upon him.

Derbyshire Courier 10 November 1838
At Crich, on Monday last, by the Rev. Thomas CARSON, Vicar, Mr James SMITH, Wheelwright, to Miss POYSER, Bulls Head, Crich
Same day, and same place, Mr Daniel FARNSWORTH, to Miss Julia STORER, both of Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 1 December 1838
Thomas JONES, for two months and hard labour, or pay £3..8s for poaching at Crich.

Derby Mercury 16 January 1839
Lately, at Crich, in this county, age 35, Mary, wife of Mr Samuel WALKER, sawyer, and daughter of Mr Jos. BROOKS, joiner, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Her death occurred under peculiarly distressing circumstances, one of her children died but a few days before, and her husband and one or two of the surviving children being ill at the time

Derbyshire Courier 26 January 1839
At Fritchley, near Crich, on Sunday last, Mr Benjamin RADFORD, aged 84 years.
At Holloway, near Crich, on Monday last, Marina HASLAM.

Derbyshire Courier 2 February 1839
On Tuesday, the 22nd inst. an inquest was held at the house of Mr William POYSER, Bull’s Head Inn, Crich, on the body of Hannah BLAND, aged 16 years, whose clothes accidentally caught fire during the late rough winds. She lingered, a dreadful spectacle, until Sunday. Verdict – accidentally burned to death.

Derbyshire Courier 9 February 1839
On the 31st ult, sincerely regretted by his relatives and friends, George, second son of Mr BOWNES, of Crich, aged 29 years

Derbyshire Courier 2 March 1839
At Crich CARR, in this county, on Saturday last, Mr J SPENCER, aged 59 years

Derby Mercury 6 March 1839
On the 14th ult., at Horsley by the Rev Alfred TATAM, Mr R.W. SMITH, of Allen House, Crich, to Miss SMITH, daughter of Mr Thomas SMITH, of Acres, near Kilbourne, in this county.
At Crich Carr, on Saturday se’nnight, Mr John SPENCER, deservedly respected.
[se’nnight is an abbreviation of sevennight i.e. the space of seven nights and days –a week.
At Park Head, near Crich, Mrs WALL, wife of Mr Jacob WALL, farmer, of Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 23 March 1839
Derbyshire Spring Assizes
John GODLEY, charged with stealing in the month of December last, at the parish of Crich, one jacket, one waistcoat, and one pair of trousers, the property of Edward McCARTIN. – Four months imprisonment.

Derbyshire Courier 30 March 1839
CRICH – At the annual meeting held at the Bull's Head Inn, Crich, on Monday the 25th instant, the following gentlemen were elected as officers for the parish: – Mr Geo. STOCKS, Mr Wm. BURLEY, Overseers of the Poor; Mr Jno. BACON, Mr R.W. SMITH, Churchwardens, Mr G SPENDLOVE, Mr J SPENDLOVE, Guardians

Derbyshire Courier 30 March 1839
SHEEP SLAUGHTERED – In the night of Friday week around, the property of Mrs BOWMER, of Barn Close House, Crich, was slaughtered. A reward of £30 is offered on the conviction of the offender. The skin and head were found in a lead mine not far distant.

Derbyshire Courier 20 April 1839
Samuel HARRISON and Joseph HARRISON, both of Fritchley, in the parish of Crich, higglers, were convicted in the penalty of 5s each and costs, for drunkenness and disorderly conduct, at South Wingfield, on the 22nd ult.
[A higgler was a peddler who travelled around selling small items]

Derbyshire Courier 4 May 1839
At CrichCarr, on the 2t ult., Mrs GRUNDY aged 59

Derbyshire Courier 11 May 1839
For 12 months, Wm. MARSHALL, of Crich, for threatening to murder his wife.

Derbyshire Courier 25 May 1839
On Saturday last, the 18th instant, at Duffield church, by the Rev William BARBER, Mr Frederick HALL , Academy, Crich, to Mary, second daughter of Mr Isaac WALKER, of Belper, late of Southwingfield Park, in this county.

Derbyshire Courier 1 June 1839
On Friday night, the 24th all. The shop of Mr MASSEY, cordwainer, Fritchey, near Matlock, was broken into, and leather and other articles stolen therefrom to the amount of upwards of £30. A book in which were all Mr MASSEY’s private accounts were quite demolished by the rogues. Suspicion attaches to a gang of vagabonds of Crich, they have hitherto escaped detection

Derbyshire Courier 1 June 1839
foundation of Tansley church 1839

Derby Mercury 12 June 1839
INFORMERS – for several weeks past, the neighbourhood of Crich, Lea, and Matlock, has been visited by two shabby-looking men and women, following a calling in accordance with their appearance. They summoned several beer sellers before the Magistrates at Matlock, but did not succeed as they could have wished. Last week they made their appearance at Wirksworth. in a room set apart for their use, they collected together almost all the beer sellers of the town, and threatened to bring them before the justices if they refuse to pay the different sums affixed to their names, for selling ale after 10 o’clock at night. We believe some of them paid the sum required. The informers went to the different beer houses just after the clock struck ten, and found the houses quite peaceful, no one drinking; in one or more instances the houses were shut up, the informers begged to be served with a little ale under the pretence of being on “tramp.” On Tuesday last they had a case from Crich, which was to be heard before the Wirksworth Bench of Magistrates. As the hour appointed for the commencement of business at the Justice Room, a large concourse of people assembled near the door, and the instant one of the informers made his appearance he was seized and dragged to the tan yard, where amidst the shouts and execrations of the multitude, he got a severe ducking in one of the tan vats, which was full of old liquor.

Derby Mercury 17 July 1839
Conducted by J ALCOCK, On the premises occupied for the last 40 years as an Academy by the late Mr WALKER.
J ALCOCK in returning his sincere thanks to his friends and the public for the very liberal support he has received during his residence at Crich, begs leaves to inform them, that he still continues to receive a limited number of Young Gentlemen into his house as Boarders, to whose health and improvement every attention is paid.
The duties of the school will commence on the 22nd instant. The terms, which are moderate, may be known on application.

Derby Mercury 21 August 1839
On Thursday night last, Mr Geo. WALKER, beer housekeeper, Cliff Wood, CRICH, retired to bed in his usual health, his last words desiring his wife waking early, as he purposed going to Ashbourne the following day. She heard him breathe unusually heavy, and immediately called for a light, but, before that could be obtained, life was extinct. An inquest was held on the body at the Bull’s Head In, Crich on Saturday before Mr WHISTON, Coroner, and a verdict, that “deceased died by the visitation of God” was returned.

Derbyshire Courier 24 August 1839
Suddenly, at Cliff Wood, Crich, Mrs .Geo. WALKER, aged 39 years.

Derbyshire Courier 21 September 1839
13 December 1839 – Mark NOBLE the younger, of the parish of Crich, was convicted in the penalty of £5 and costs for using two greyhound dogs, for the destruction of game, in the parish of Crich, on 11 November last, not being authorised to do so by a game certificate

Derbyshire Courier 5 October 1839
ACCIDENT ON THE NORTH MIDLAND RAILWAY – On Tuesday last, a labourer employed by Mr TRAVIS, on Messrs. NOWELs contract, near Bull Bridge, in the parish of Crich, as a gauger, was thrown on the rails by a wagon, which passed over both his legs, one of which was seriously fractured. Mr HALL, surgeon, Crich, was immediately called in, who rendered every assistance, and the poor fellow is now going on well.

Derbyshire Courier 5 October 1839
At Fritchley, near Crich, on the 27th ultimo, Mary, widow of the late James NOBLE, aged 66.

Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield Gazette, and General County Advertiser 19 October 1839
Derbyshire October Session
John GREENHALGH, for stealing various articles, besides £2.5s.6d in cash, from James’s STINTON, at Crich, on 28 July. – James STINTON was sworn, and stated that he was a railway excavator. On 26 July, the prisoner and he made it up to go to Manchester, as there was no longer work in this quarter for them; he got as far as hut in the parish of Crich; went into the hut, sat down on the bedside, and fell fast asleep; when he awoke, he missed his bundle: the prisoner and the people of the house had fled. Started off in pursuit of the prisoner, and overtook him and others at Bullbridge; saw his bundle on a seat nigh the prisoner, and seized it; he also demanded his money – and GREENHALGH, pulling out 11s 3d, said that was all he had, and to say nothing about it. The prisoner then wandered the money back, but a man came up and told witness to keep it. With that, GREENHALGH struck the stranger, and knocked him down. Witness had, in the meantime, sent for a constable, to whom he gave him in custody. – On his cross-examination, witness said he was an Irishman, was nearly 60 years old, had lived here 28 years and had saved the little money out of his own earnings as an excavator. – John SMITH (the constable) searched the prisoner, and found the articles produced in his possession. These were identified by STINTON, as part of the property which was in the bundle. – Guilty. To be imprisoned six months.

Derbyshire Courier 26 October 1839
Last week, at the same place, Mr James SLACK, of Culland Park, farmer, to Miss Martha daughter of Mr Isaac HARRISON, miller, Fritchley, both in the parish of Crich.
At Crich, on Saturday last, by the Rev. T. CARSON,vicar, Mr Richard YOUNG, plumber and glazier, to Miss Eliza STANTON, both of that place.

Derbyshire Courier 26 October 1839
FOWLS STOLEN – On Saturday night last, six fowls, the property of Mr Samuel WYVILLE, joiner, Crich, were stolen from his premises. For several weeks scarcely a night has passed without some robbery been committed, – such as barns are broken into and corn taken therefrom, gardens robbed, potatoes and turnips plucked up in the field, and in many instances carried away. A strict lookout is now kept in Crich and the vicinity, how we sincerely hope the miscreants will, ere along, be brought to justice.

Derby Mercury 30 October 1839
At Fritchley, Crich, on Tuesday, Sarah the beloved wife of Mr John SIMS, leaving a family of small children to lament their loss.
On the 14th inst. at Crich, Israel, son of Mr William POYSER, blacksmith, aged eight years