News Snippets between 1860 and 1864

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers between 1860 and 1864.

As with all transcriptions there could be "typos" which is always a possibilty with audio trancriptions, although care has been taken.

The following index shows parish names that appear in some of the reports – allow for spelling variations and omissions are possible owing to human error.


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.

At this time, Wessington ( also recorded as Washington), Tansley and part of Holloway were within Crich parish.

Alderwasley although not part of Crich parish had a great many close connections, mainly through the HURT family of Alderwasley who were "Lords of the Manor" owing large parts of the parish. They were also great benefactors to the parish. Consequently it is approriate to include relevent snippets of that place.

Note that the guinea (£1.1s) and half guinea (10s.6d.) were in common usage as the court fines testify. An 1850 guinea would be worth about £80 in 2021.

1860 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 14 January 1860
William HAYES, was charged by John STOKES, parish constable, of Crich, with assaulting him. Find 5s and costs, or 14 days hard labour.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 10 February 1860
Israel POYSER, of Crich, was charged by acting sergeant STEVENSON with being drunk and disorderly. Find 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Courier 11 February 1860
January 25, at Crich Carr, Mr MYATT, aged 51, late of Belper, grocer.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 February 1860
Mr HOPKINS is honoured with instructions by the executors of the late Mr John MYATT, to sell by auction, on Monday, 5 March, 1860, the following days, the whole of the excellent modern furniture, china, glass, prints, engravings, and also the very extensive and well selected grocery stock, flower, meal, shop fittings, &c. On the premises of the late Mr John MYATT, of Crich Carr, near Whatstandwell Bridge, in the county of Derby.

Derby Mercury 28 March 1860
On the 13th instant, at Whatstandwell, near Crich, at the house of his daughter, Mrs BURLEY, Mr WILDEY, aged 81.
March 10, at Crich, Mrs HARRISON, aged 50.
March 11, at Crich, Mrs John POYSER, aged 40.

Derbyshire Courier 14 April 1860
At Crich church, on the 28th ult., by the Rev A. ORME, rector of Alderwasley, Mr William HUDSON, of Crich Carr, to Mary Ann Barbara, youngest daughter of Mr W. LAMB, of Alderwasley.

Derby Mercury 25 April 1860
Wanted, tenders for new pewing, new roof, and other works to be done in restoring the Parish Church of Crich.
Plans and Specifications of the different works to be done, are deposited at the parochial school-room, at Crich, and may be viewed from 25 April, to the 10th May, between the hours of 9 and 4 o’clock on each day. Sealed tenders to be sent to the Rev CHAWNER, Crich Vicarage, Derby, by 12 May next.
The committee for carrying the above work into effect, do not bind themselves to accept the lowest tender.

Derbyshire Courier 28 April 1860
Joseph AMOTT and Joseph MARSHALL, labourers, of Crich, were charged by Mr J. BOWMER with trespass and wilful damage to his land to the amount of twopence. Ordered to pay the damage and costs.
James WILKINSON and Joseph MARSHALL, labourers, of Crich, were charged by John SMITH with assaulting him. WILKINSON was fined 5s, MARSHALL 1s, and costs each.
The licence of the Bull’s Head Inn, Crich, was transferred from Mr J. SIMS to Mr E. THOMPSON.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 June 1860
[A report of the marriage of Mary BOWMER to John MASON]

Marriage Mary Bowmer 1860

Derby Mercury 20 June 1860
On the 14th instant, Mr John BURLEY, of Whatstandwell Bridge, to Matilda, eldest daughter of the late Mr PORTER, of Edge Farm, near Crich, Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 June 1860
On the 13th instant, at Crich, after a painful and protracted illness, which she bore with patient resignation, Mary, the wife of Mr Thomas DAWES, in the 65th year of her age; her end was peace.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 13 July 1860
On the seventh instant, at the parish church, Crich, Mr E. NAYLOR, engineer, son of Mr E. NAYLOR, of Crich, to Ann, eldest daughter of Mr R.BUNTING.

Derbyshire Courier 21 July 1860
Israel POYSER, wheelwright, of Crich, was charged by inspector BICKLEY, with being drunk and disorderly, on the 9th instant; he was also charged by acting-sergeant STEVENSON, with having committed a similar offence on the 13th instant. Find 5s and costs in each case.

Derby Mercury 25 July 1860
On Saturday, the 14th instant, at Crich, Mr James CURSON, to Miss Jane SPENDLOVE, youngest daughter of Mr Isaac SPENDLOVE, late of the Hollins, near Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 18 August 1860
Esther HOGG, of Crich, was summoned by Ann AUSTIN, of the same place, for assaulting her. The complainant not appearing, the case was dismissed.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 September 1860
Ralph SMITH, victualler, of Crich, was charged by Thomas SMITH, butcher, of the same place, with using threatening language to him. Ordered to find a surety for £20 and also himself in £20, to keep the peace for six months.

Derby Mercury 26 September 1860
John FOWKE, of Crich, was charged by his wife, Sarah FOWKE , with using threatening language towards her, and was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months, himself in £10, and the surety in a like amount.

Derby Mercury 16 October 1861
Richard HAMBLETON, of Crich, was charged by Mary Ann WALL, of the same place, with removing goods from a house which she occupied of complainants, he owing 26s for rent at the time, of which he intended to defraud her. Evidence to prove the removal and value of the goods were adduced, and the Bench ordered HAMBLETON to pay the sum of £3 the double value of the goods, including costs. HAMBLEDON seemed under the impression that because he had removed the goods in the day he was not liable. Mr STRUTT said there appeared to be an impression of this kind existing, but it made no difference whatever whether the goods were removed in the day or night; it was all the same.
Robert BUNTING, Taylor, of Crich, charged James PRINCE, a boy of 15, with absconding from his service, he being at the time and apprentice. Mr GREAVES appearing for defendant. In the examination of Mr BUNTING, Mr GREAVES elicited that PRINCE had done all sorts of imaginable work – got stoned out of the quarry, loaded cards, carried bricks, made mortar, served Masons as a labourer, worked out-doors till twelve o’clock at night, picked up stones of the side of the roles, &c. This was corroborated by one or two respectable witnesses. The boy’s mother said that about a fortnight ago he came home at night covered in lime and mortar, and had been working in the rain the whole of the day had some cottages which BUNTING was building. From handling the bricks and mortar, the skin was completely off his hands, and he was ill as well. His boots were more like navvie’s boots. He had for a long time gone all kinds of work, and she kept him away, not intending him to go again, unless compelled to do so. BUNTING said his mother had wished him to allow her son to do out-door work as he was in a delicate state of health, and she thought it would do him good. The Bench thought the kind of labour mentioned was hardly of a nature to suit a delicate youth, and it was certainly not teaching the art of tailoring, according to the indenture. He had acted very disgracefully, and they should dismiss the case; and they thought it was a case for the councilmen of the indentures. Mr GREAVES said they should take steps for that end unless Mr BUNTING himself consented to do it, by which he would be spared the expenses of the proceedings. Eventually Mr BUNTING consented, and cut the seals from the indenture.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 26 October 1860
On the 4th instant, at Wirksworth, by the Rev T.T. SMITH, Mr Benjamin TAYLOR, baker, Crich, to Sarah eldest daughter of Mr Joseph TAYLOR, farmer and malster, Ashleyhay, near Wirksworth.

Derbyshire Courier 3 November 1860
Sarah FLETCHER, of Crich, who last week described herself as belonging to Heage, was bought up on remand as having duped several drapers and other parties in this locality, and with borrowing hoods and other draperies for funerals which have never taken place, was committed for trial on the evidence of Mr John FRYER and Mr William FOX, drapers, of Wirksworth. The enquiry made by Superintendent BARLOW during the week of remand has shown the prisoner to have been previously convicted thirteen times, one of which was for housebreaking.

Derbyshire Courier 17 November 1860
October 27, at Plaistow, Crich, Mrs Ann BOWMER, aged 49 years.
October 25, at Crich Car, Clara, daughter of Mr John HURST, aged three years.
October 28, at Crich Carr, Mrs Mary CUPIT, aged 58 years.
On the 28th ult., at Crich, Mrs Rhoda, relict of the late Mr W. LEMON, of Milford, in this county, in the 70th year of her age.

Derby Mercury 28 November 1860
November 14, at Crich, Mr John BOWN, aged 73.
October 27, at Plaistow, Crich, Ann, widow of Mr Hugh BOWMER, at the advanced age of 94.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 December 1860
On the 25th ult., at Plaistow House, Crich, Jane, widow of the late Mr Samuel SMITH, aged 72.
On the 23rd ult., at Fritchley, Mary, widow of the late Mr William VALLENS, aged 62.

Derbyshire Courier 22 December 1860
On the 14th instant, at Crich, Mr Charles GREAVES, aged 54.
On the 12 instant at Crich, Mr Francis SMITH, aged 70.
December 13 at Crich, George, son of Mr RODGERS, aged 17.

Derbyshire Courier 22 December 1860
The Bench, on the application of police-constable PILGRIM, of South Wingfield, granted him an order for the sale of an ass, which was found wandering on the Park-lane highway, in the parish of South Wingfield, on the 7th instant, the owner, Joseph BLAND, of Crich, having refused to pay the usual fee for impounding, &c.

Derby Mercury 26 December 1860
December 14, at Crich, Mr Charles GREAVES, aged 54
December 12 at Crich, Mr Francis SMITH, aged 70
December 4, at Fritchley, Rachel, widow of Mr William SIMS, aged 67; much respected.
December 13, at Crich, George, son of Mr RODGERS, aged 17 years.

1861 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 19 January 1861
Josiah CROSSLEY, of Crich, was charged by James SHORE, of the same place, with assaulting him. Case dismissed the complainant to pay the costs.
Mr James ELSE, of Crich, was summoned by Mr GILL, the surveyor of the Turnpike Road, with causing an obstruction to a watercourse. Case allowed to be settled by Mr ELSE promising to remove the obstruction.

Derbyshire Courier 2 March 1861
On Thursday last Mr WHISTON held an inquest at Crich, on the body of a lad named Samuel CURSON. The deceased was at work with a number of men preparing for a blast in the stone, when a large quantity, estimated at two hundred tons in weight, fell and one portion weighing ten tons, fell upon the body of the deceased and killed him instantly. The evidence clearly showed that no person was to blame, and a verdict of “Accidental death” was returned by the jury.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 23 March 1861
A case of awfully sudden death occurred at Crich on Sunday evening. The deceased named Mr G. SMITH, sat in his chair reading the Bible, when his wife noticed his spectacles fall from his eyes. She spoke to him, but received no reply, as she then procured assistance, but life was quite extinct. The deceased had for some time been suffering from heart disease.

Derby Mercury 24 April 1861
On Saturday, the 13th instant, an inquest was held at the Horse and Groom, South Wingfield, before Mr BUSBY, coroner, and a respectable jury, touching the death of Edward STORER, labourer, of Crich, aged 51 years. From the evidence of acting-sergeant ADAMS, it appears that about 1 PM on Thursday, 11 April, he received information that a man was lying under a haystack about a quarter os a mile from Alfreton on the South Wingfield Road. The acting sergeant immediately proceeded to the haystack, first dispatching a messenger to George BUXTON, overseer of the poor. On arriving at the haystack, the acting sergeant found the deceased in a very low state, and he had once returned to Alfreton and procured some medicine which she gave to him. Late in the evening the deceased, by some means, got as far as South Wingfield, where he died on the following morning from inflammation of the bowels. The jury returned a verdict accordingly. The coroner and jury complimented acting sergeant ADAMS on his humane conduct to the deceased.

Derby Mercury 24 April 1861
On the 3rd instant at Wheeldon-house, Crich, in this county, Mr Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, aged 69.

Derbyshire Courier 4 May 1861
At Crich, on the 23rd April, aged 62, Mr Robert OLLERHENSHAW.
Lately, at Wheatcroft, Crich, Mary, wife of Mr T. YEOMANS, at an advanced age.
At Crich Common, on the 29th April, Hannah, relict of the late Mr Thomas BROWN, framesmith, aged 86 years.
On 30 April, at Crich-cliff cottage, Phoebe wife of Mr G. WILLIATT, late of Washington hay, in her 76 year.

Derby Mercury 15 May 1861
Crich Church – this beautiful edifice has recently undergone a thorough resuscitation. Considerable sums of money have already collected through the munificence and instrumentality of the Misses HURT of Chase Cliff Hall; but as the work has been much increased from the original designs, it was found necessary to make further appeals to the generous public. Two sermons were preached in the church on the 28th ult. by the Rev Alexander ORME, B.A.of Alderwasley, in the afternoon, from the 3rd chapter Corinthians, and part of the 9th of verse; in the evening from the 8th chapter, Romans, 1st verse. The liberal sum of £22 was collected. The formal opening will take place in the month of June.

Derby Mercury: Wed 29 May 1861
On Whit-Monday, the Black Swan Friendly Society held their annual anniversary, at the Black Swan Inn, Crich, when 120 members sat down to a dinner, provided by Mr and Mrs BOWER in their usual style. Dr HATHWAY occupied the chair, supported by the much respected curate, the Rev Mr MELLISH. The Belper brass band was in attendance, and was much appreciated. The healths of Albert HURT Esq and the Misses HURT, and Michael JESSOPP, Esq were proposed by the chairman, and drank with much enthusiasm. The members of the club, and the band, by the kind permission of the Misses HURT, visited Chase Cliff House, in front of which the band played some choice selection of music. The next day upwards of thirty members sat down to dinner, and enjoyed themselves heartily.

Derby Mercury 5 June 1861
Many of our readers are aware that the parish church of Crich has been restored, after designs by the famous architect Mr CURRIE, of London. The restoration has been accomplished in the most complete manner, and the result affords much gratification to all who have witnessed it. Whilst the exterior has been restored in a thoroughly artistic spirit, the interior has been so arranged has to afford ample accommodation for rich and poor to worship God. The reopening services took place on Wednesday last, when two sermons were preached by the Rev J.C. RYLE B.A.of Christ Church, Oxford, and rector of Helmington, Suffolk. The sermon in the morning was an eloquent and impressive one, and was founded upon the 19th and 20th versus of the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. The church was completely filled by a congregation including a large number of clergy and the elite of the district. At the close of the service, a collection, amounting to the very liberal some of £79 was made. A large number of ladies and gentlemen afterwards partook of a splendid luncheon at the invitation of the Misses HURT, of Crich Cliff House, where a brilliant party assembled. The evening service was not so well attended.
[Note £79 is 1861 was worth about £4.600 in 2021]

Derbyshire Courier 22 June 1861
David TOWNDROW and George DALE, surveyors of the highway of Crich, were summoned by George CURZON, of Crich, for neglecting their duty by permitting a certain encroachment upon a highway there. Case dismissed.

Derby Mercury 17 July 1861
Samuel LEAM, of Crich, was charged by Mr MORAN, the deputy chief constable, with selling ale without a licence. He was fined £10 and costs.
Thomas SMITH, of Crich, was charged by Mary JACKSON with assaulting her. The case was allowed to be settled by defendant paying the costs.
David MERCHANT, labourer, of Crich, was charged by Herbert MERCHANT, of the same place, with assaulting him. Fined 1s and costs.

Derbyshire Courier 17 August 1861
George KENNING, a pot hawker, of Clay Cross, was charged by William BOLLINGTON, parish constable of Crich, with using abusive and threatening language towards him. Case dismissed. BOLLINGTON to pay the costs 11s 6d.

Derbyshire Courier 31August 1861
Herbert GOODALE, grocer, of Crich, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Whatstandwell, on the 27th instant; also with furious driving on the highway and assaulting Mr MORAN, the deputy chief constable, while in the execution of his duty.
Samuel SPENCER, labourer, of Crich, was bought up in custody of Mr MORAN, the deputy chief constable, charged with stealing a quantity of grass from the plantation the property of A.F. HURT, Esq, of Alderwasley. Mr STONE, solicitor, of Wirksworth, appeared on behalf of the defendant. Mr HURT’s bailiff being absent he could not be clearly made out whether defendant had a right there or not. Case dismissed.
William BROMLEY, labourer, of Crich, was brought up in custody of Mr MORAN, the deputy chief constable, charged with violently assaulting John FARNSWORTH, so that is life is in great danger. Remanded till Thursday.

Derby Mercury 4 September 1861
[case against Herbert GOODALE]

Goodale assult in 1861

Derbyshire Courier 28 September 1861
At Crich, after a lingering illness, Ann SAXTON, aged eight years.

Derby Mercury 9 October 1861
George COWLISHAW and Patrick SLATER, of Crich, were summoned for non-payment of poor rates. They were ordered to pay the amount and costs.

Derby Mercury 6 November 1861
Michael JOHNSON was charged by Samuel LYNAM with trespassing on lands in the occupation of Mr Robert HAYES, of Crich, in search of pheasants. He was proved to be an old poacher, although never caught before, and the Bench convicted him in a penalty of 20s and costs 10s 6d, or in default six weeks imprisonment.
Israel POYSER, of Crich, was again before the Bench, charged by acting-sergeant McMAHON with being drunk and riotous. The station-master from Ambergate on the Midland Railway, deposed to his drunkenness and annoyance. The Bench said they were quite aware of his character, and the station was becoming quite notorious by the frequency of his visits. Mr MANN said he was a positive nuisance to the railway company, and his conduct took their servants attention when they ought to be occupied about other matters. Mr STRUTT said he must go to prison for seven days; they would not give him the option of paying this time.

Derbyshire Courier 9 November 1861
At Cliff Grange, Crich, on the 31st ult. Mr George WILLOTT, formerly of Wessington Hay, in his 76th year.

Derbyshire Courier 7 December 1861
Thomas STORER, labourer, of Crich, was charged by the same officer being drunk. Find 7s 6d and costs; in default, 21 days imprisonment.
William FLETCHER, of Crich, labourer, was charged by John CHELL, wheelwright, of the same place with assaulting him. Find 10s and costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 28 December 1861
December 25, at the Independent Chapel, Southport, by the Rev J.E. MILLSON, Mr Jabez BROWN, of Belper, in this county, to Selina, daughter of the late Mr Joseph WITHAM, of Crich.

1862 newspapers

Derby Mercury 1 January 1862
Samuel LEAM, of Crich, a frequent visitor to the police office, was charged by Mary BESTWICK, of the same place, with violently assaulting her. Fined 40s and costs; in default two months imprisonment with hard labour.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 January 1862
Samuel TAYLOR, of Crich, was charged by James SELLORS, of the same place, with damaging the lock of Crich pound, in which a pony of his was confined. The pony was taken from the field in the occupation of Mr SMITH, of Crich, and the defendant threatened the night previous to break the lock, and take away the pony without paying any expenses. Christopher STONE said TAYLOR told him the next morning that he had merely shaken the lock – the door flew open, and the pony came out. Defendant admitted doing so, but denied using any force for the purpose. The Bench fined him 5s and costs, or in default 14 days imprisonment, and told him he made himself liable to a fine of £5.

Derbyshire Courier 25 January 1862
An accident attended with fatal consequences, occurred on Thursday, the 16th instant, to a boy of the name of WINSON, at an old mine on the cliff near to the Old End Mine. It appears the boy to whom it occurred had gone to this place, where his brother was at work, to take his dinner; and, although cautioned by his brother not to descend the shaft, he did so; when about half way down he fell, and was immediately killed. Mr HALL, surgeon, was instantly called in; but before that gentleman arrived the vital spark had fled. An inquest was held on the 18th by Mr WHISTON, coroner, when a verdict of “Accidentally killed” was returned.

Derbyshire Courier 8 February 1862
On the 31st ult., at Crich-Carr, Sarah, the wife of Mr Zacharias GREENHOUGH, aged 61.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 21 February 1862
Michael JOHNSON, boatman, of Crich, was charged on the information of Samuel LYNAM, gamekeeper, with carrying a gun for the purpose of killing game, on lands at Crich Chase, he having no authority to do so. From the evidence it appeared that LYNAM saw the defendant pursuing a pheasant, but he did not succeed in getting a shot. Defendant did not appear. A previous conviction was proved against him, and the Bench fined him 40s and costs, or, in default, two months imprisonment, with hard labour.

Derby Mercury 12 March 1862
On on the 28th ult., at Crich, Mr Laban GREENHOUGH, aged 42.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 March 1862
On the 11th instant, at Crich, Jane wife of Mr David BRATHY, in her 40th year.

Derby Mercury 16 April 1862
At Crich Chase, on the 11th instant, Sarah, the youngest daughter of Mr Robert HAY , aged 24, respected and beloved by all who knew her.

Derby Mercury 16 April 1862
There has been a contested election here for the office of Guardian, and the result is as follows; –
Mr John HOPKINSON – 352
Mr John BOWMER – 310
Mr Joseph LEE – 76
Mr HOPKINSON and Mr BOWMER were decided upon at the Vestry Meeting on 25 March, and the polling shows the meeting were justified in naming them for the office.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 26 April 1862
Amid great excitement, a three-day poll has taken place upon the proposition to remove Mr R.W. SMITH from the office of surveyor for the parish. The poll opened on Thursday, was continued on Saturday, and closed on Monday night, when the numbers were – for Mr SMITH, 216; against, 255, majority against, 39. The excitement was so great that it was considered desirable to obtain the assistance of the Deputy Chief Constable and several officers, who did their duty with the considerateness and good humour, and maintained pretty good order. Messrs HALL and BOWNE (overseers), Mr W.YEOMANS (chairman), Mr L.K. SAXON (poll clerk for Mr SMITH), and Mr B.F. BAKER, were in attendance.

Derby Mercury 21 May 1862
Samuel TYER, framework-knitter, of Crich, was charged by Samuel LYNAM, with trespassing in pursuit of game. Fined 10s and costs, or, in default, one months imprisonment.

Derby Mercury 11 June 1862
John GREGORY, Farmer, of Crich, was charged by Ellen WALL, of the same place, with being drunk and riotous on the 8th ult. Find5s and costs.
William WHEELDON, labourer, of Crich, was charged by police-constable LISSEN with being drunk and riotous. Fined 1s and costs, in default, seven days imprisonment.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 20 June 1862
ASSAULT – Josiah CROSSLEY was charged by Mary PEAT, of Fritchley, with assaulting her, on Monday last, near SIM’s public-house, in that village.
[A full report of the event followed]
John REDGATE, of Crich, was summoned by the Belper Board of Guardians for the non—maintenance of his mother, he being in a position to do so.
[A full report of the event followed]
George LOWE, of Crich, was charged with felonious stealing some kidney bean rods, the property of Mr HOWITT, of Crich, of the value of 1s, on the night of 12 June.
[A full report of the event followed]

Derbyshire Courier 28 June 1862
On the 17th instant, at the saw-mills, Crich, aged 29 years, Mr Isaac WHEATCROFT, late of the 57th Regiment.

Derby Mercury 20 August 1862
George POYSER, of Crich, was charged, on the information of Mr MORAN, with trespassing on the Midland Railway Companies premises.
[there followed a long report of the case about him annoying passengers and staff whilst intoxicated.]

Derby Mercury 3 September 1862
William ROLLEY, labourer, of Crich, was charged by the overseers of Crich with neglecting his child, so that it became chargeable to that parish. Sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 12 September 1862
On the 4th instant, at South Hackney Church, by the Rev Alexander GORDON M.A., Francis Theodore, youngest son of the late Rev G.W. LEWIS, M.A., vicar of Crich, Derbyshire, to Sylvia St Mary, eldest daughter of B.W. BALL, Esq, of Hackney.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 October 1862
On the evening of Thursday, William YOUNG, aged 18, son of Mr YOUNG, who resides at the Mansion-house, Crich, had been allowed with his gun, shooting small birds, and on his return home he took the stock off his gun and put the barrel into his coat pocket, unfortunately leaving the cap on the nipple. On getting over a wall he slipped, the cap coming in contact with the wall, the gun exploded, carried away three of the poor lad’s fingers, set his coat on fire, grazed his cheek, fortunately with but small injury, and blew away his cap. On the alarm being given, Mr C.B. DUNN was immediately on the spot and attended professionally to the wounds, putting away a portion of the shattered hand, in which operation he was assisted by Mr HALL. The young man is progressing favourably, but from the opinions expressed by the medical gentlemen, lock-jaw or erysipelas is much to be feared.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 7 November 1862
An accident of a fatal character occurred to a man, named Joseph HARRISON, on Saturday last, at the Crich Cliff quarry. It appears that HARRISON was engaged, in company with several other men, in blasting, and after the fuse had been ignited, and the usual notice given for the men to retire, the blast unexpectedly exploded. The deceased and his brother Benjamin had retired about 200 yards, when a large stone struck the poor fellow on the head, completely smashing his skull. Benjamin, who was struck on the left arm by another stone, receiving but slight injury, immediately lifted up his brother, and calling for help, the other workmen ran to his assistance, and carried the wounded man to his home. Mr DUNN, surgeon, of Crich, was immediately in attendance, and dispatched a messenger for Mr ALLEN, surgeon who was speedily on the spot. The medical gentlemen extracted 19 pieces of bone from the fractured skull, leaving the brain quite uncovered, and notwithstanding their joint exertions, the poor man survived but a few hours, and died at five o'clock the same evening, leaving a wife and three children to lament their loss. The inquest on the body was held on Tuesday, at the Black Swan, Crich, before W.WHISTON, coroner. After taking evidence of the witnesses produced by Mr MORAN, deputy chief constable, the coroner commented upon it. It being clearly ascertained that there was no blame whatever to be attributed to any person, Mr LEE, the foreman, after a short consultation with the jury, returned a verdict of “Accidental death, occasioned by an explosion of a blast.” Mr Jas. JEFFERYS, the manager of the works, afforded every facility in investigating the matter. And it must be gratifying to him to find that the proper manner which he manages the works gave entire satisfaction to the jury.

Derbyshire Courier 8 November 1862
At Crich, Robert, the son of Robert RANSOM, in his 16th year.
On the 26th ult., Mrs Elizabeth WINSON, of Bull Bridge, aged 64.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 12 December 1862
On Friday, the 5th instant, at Crich, Susannah, relict of the late Mr Edward GREENHOUGH, aged 82.

Derby Mercury 24 December 1862
John COLEMAN, Thomas TAYLOR, Thomas BOWMER, Henry OLLERENSHAW, and William FOSTER, stone getters, in the employment of Mr JEFFERIES, of Crich, at the Cliff Quarry were charged with unlawfully absenting themselves from his service without just cause, all without giving the four weeks notice prescribed and set forth in the agreement drawn up signed and agreed by both the master and the men.
[there followed a long account of the proceedings ]

1863 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 23 January 1863
Thomas STRANGE, of Crich, was summoned by Samuel SPENCER, greengrocer, of Crich, with maliciously committing a certain injury to his coat, amounting to 2s. Complaint dismissed.
Robert WASS and Samuel SWINDELL, stone getters, of Crich were summoned by the above-named complainant, Samuel SPENCER, with cruelty to his horse. The magistrates, after hearing the complainant’s evidence, advised a settlement amongst the parties, which was agreed to. WASS and SWINDELL paying SPENCER 3s for his loss of time, and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 6 February 1863
Elijah HARDY, labourer, of Crich, was bought up in custody of Mr MORAN, the Deputy Chief Constable, charged with stealing a double barrelled gun, the property of A.F. HURT, Esq, Alderwasley. Remanded till Wednesday next.
James COWLISHAW, of Crich, stone getter, was charged by Thomas BOWMER, of the same place, with assaulting him. Case dismissed, complainant to pay costs.

Derby Mercury 11 February 1863
On the 28th ult., George CURZON, of Crich, and Sarah CURZON, his daughter, were summoned before George Henry STRUTT and Roland SMITH, Esqs., at the Justice Room, at Belper, for an assault upon Mr R.W. SMITH, of Crich.

George Curzon assault case 1863

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 13 February 1863
Mr BAKER, rate collector, of Crich, summoned Job TAYLOR, Thomas NEVILLE, and John WOOLLEY, for non—payment of poor-rate. They were each ordered to pay the amount, and costs.

Derby Mercury 25 February 1863
At Crich, Mary, the wife of Mr William BARBER, aged 63.
At Crich, after a lingering illness, Sarah Ann BURTON, in the 16th year of age: her end was peace.
At Mickleover, – HOLMES, late of Crich Carr.
Lately, at Cromford, Peggy, wife of Mr BODEN, late of Crich, aged 70.

Derby Mercury 4 March 1863
A public meeting of the wrought hose hose branch of framework knitters was held a few days ago, at the Kings Arms Inn, to take into consideration the excessive amount which the middlemen working for the firm of Messrs Morley, Nottingham, have been charging the workmen in their employ. The grievances of the workmen having come to the knowledge of Mr HILL, foreman to the firm of Messrs Morley, he at once ordered Mr SAXTON, secretary to the trade union, to investigate the manner. At the conclusion of the meeting, the middlemen promised that in future the workmen should only pay charges in proportion to the amount of work which they have to do. The whole proceedings will be reported to the foreman of Messrs Morley.

Derby Mercury 4 March 1863
An information was laid before the Magistrates by Ann DAWES, of Crich, against Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, victualler and tax collector, of the same place, for assaulting her on the night of the 23rd, at Crich, for which a summons was issued. Mr Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, tax collector, of Crich, appeared before the Bench, and made an application for a search warrant to search the house (which she described as being of a questionable character) of a woman named CURZON, of Crich. He stated that he was robbed of his handkerchief there on the night of the 23rd and that there was no one in the house of the time but Miss CURZON and the complainant (DAWES) in the above case.. Application refused.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 6 March 1863
On the second incident, at Crich, Ann, wife of Mr Thomas WETTON, after a few days illness, in the 77th year of her age: her end was peace.

Derby Mercury: Wed 11 Mar 1863
[Note: Royal Wedding of Prince and Princess of Wales]
Mr Samuel BOWER, of the Black Swan, Crich, provided a string band, and entertained his friends and customers, and placed his club-room at their disposal, for the purpose of dancing and amusing themselves. 78 children were entertained with good tea at the Wesleyan Chapel. 320 women and children sat down to tea, also provided by Mrs HURT, at Mrs BURLEY’s Whatstandwell Bridge. Mrs HURT also proved several tar barrels, which were placed on Crich Cliff, and when lit up would afford a magnificent sight, owing to the elevation position of the Cliff; the bonfire would be seen from the towns and villages surrounding. A baron of beef and a sheep, was roasted, at the Jovial Dutchman, kelp by Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, at which 200 sat down to dinner, 367 children were entertained with tea at the expense of the Rev Mr CHAWNER and Mrs HURT.
[Note: perhaps Mrs HURT should be Misses HURT]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 13 March 1863
On the 16th ult., at Crich, John, son of Mr CHELL, Royal Oak Inn, aged 14 months.

Derby Mercury 8 April 1863
Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, victualler, of Crich, opposed and objected to the appointment of Mr Joseph ROE, as being overseer of the parish of Crich stating that he was not a person qualified to fill the office, and also that he was an agent to the Butterly Company. The objection was overruled by the magistrates.

Derby Mercury 15 April 1863
In consequence of the resignation of Mr John BOWMER (Barn Close farm), one of the guardians of the poor for Crich, a vacancy took place for a Guardian to act in his room. Mr John HOPKINSON, farmer, of Wheatcroft, who has acted as guardian of the poor of Crich, for upwards of 14 years consecutively, and two fresh candidates, placed themselves in nomination for the vacant office, viz.Mr Isaac BOWMER, of Ridgeway, who is at present a Guardian for Heage, and Mr Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, landlord of the Jovial Dutchman. When the election took place, and the votes were scrutinised, it was found that the old and tried guardian, Mr HOPKINSON, stood ahead of his competitors on the poll book. Mr BOWMER, in his turn, carrying a large majority of votes in his favour, compared with Mr SMITH.

Derby Mercury 15 April 1863
At Holloway Chapel, on the fourth instant, by the Rev Mr ORME, Mr James TAYLOR, Fritchley, Crich, to Miss Rosanna SULLY, second daughter of Mr Nathan SULLY, Crich.

Derby Mercury 22 April 1863
About 550 schoolchildren of Crich, and Crich Carr, were regaled at the National School-room with buns weighing 1lb each, and a plentiful supply of tea. The children enjoyed themselves with various games and the day will be remembered for many years to come.

Derbyshire Courier 16 May 1863
On Sunday, the 3rd instant, at his residence, Crich, rather suddenly, Mr Thomas HARDSTONE, aged 53.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 May 1863
George WALKER, farmer, of Crich, was charged by J.G. SMITH, labourer, of the same place, with non—payment of wages, viz. 6s 9d. After a lengthened hearing of the case, during which it was clearly established to the satisfaction of the Bench that SMITH had been overpaid 1s 2d, instead of having any wages to draw, the case was dismissed, and the complainant ordered to pay the expenses.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 23 May 1863
May 17, at Crich Carr, Mrs WRAGG, at an advanced age.
May 20 at Park-head Crich, Mr Jacob WALL, in his 89th year, much beloved and respected by his family and friends.

Derbyshire Courier 23 May 1863
On the 18th instant, at Crich, by the Rev W CHAWNER, Mr John STOCKS, baker, of Crich, to Miss Sarah SPENCER, of Moreton.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 May 1863
On the 17th instant, Elizabeth Jane, wife of Mr John WRAGG, of Crich, Derbyshire, and daughter of Mr John ROSE, of Nottingham, aged 52.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 May 1863
William POYSER, blacksmith, of Crich, was summoned by Mr G. PYM, Clerk to the Board of Guardians, to show cause why he should not contribute towards the support of his son, who is now, and has been for the last two or three years, and inmate of the Mickleover Asylum. Ordered to pay 3s 6d per week.

Derby Mercury 10 June 1863
On Monday, the eighth instant, a man named Joseph RODGERS, working at the Butterly Company’s Limestone Quarries, at Crich, having set a shot it went off before he got sufficiently out of the way, and a large stone struck him on the head, breaking his skull and causing instant death. The deceased was 28 years old, and leaves a wife and five or six children. An inquest will be held on Wednesday before Mr Coroner WHISTON.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 12 June 1863
George POTTER, farm servant, was bored open custody of Mr MORAN, deputy chief constable, under remand, charged by Sergeant POWLSON with stealing 11 hen eggs, the property of his mistress, Miss BRYAN, farmer, of Crich. It appears that Miss BRYAN had been constantly losing eggs to a large amount; that she reported the matter to Sergeant POWLSON, who communicated with Mr MORAN, and that officer made arrangement so as to find out the thief. The result was that in a few days afterwards Sergeant POWLSON found the prisoner in the act of robbing the hen nest and carrying the eggs (which had been previously marked) away. On being detected he admitted that he had been in the habit of collecting the eggs during the week, and that he, in company with another man, you to take them to the Stand, Crich, on a Sunday and suck them. Having pleaded guilty, he was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment, with hard labour. The Bench at the same time gave him good advice, and cautioned him as to his future conduct, pointing out to him that there was a great amount of a master’s property left open to the servants, and that when they became dishonest and robbed their masters, it was a very serious offence, as a servant was not alone bound to faithfully serve and discharge his duty towards his employers, but to protect his property as far as he could.

Derby Mercury 1 July 1863
On Sunday, the 14th ult., at his residence, Crich, Mr Henry WETTON, Jun., aged 34.

Derbyshire Courier 18 July 1863
It is with much regret that we announce the death of Mrs WITHAM, widow of the late Mr Joseph WITHAM, of the Post Office, Crich. During the lifetime of her husband the duties of that office were discharged with such punctuality as to ensure for him a wide circle of friends, and the respect of all parties and since his death they have been discharged in a similar manner. And Mrs WITHAM enjoyed the same feeling of respect in the parish as in the days of her husband. They have had the charge of the post office for a great number of years. About six or seven years ago Mrs W. met with a fall on the Tram Railway, in Crich, belonging to the Butterly Company, which resulted in a trial at the general assizes for compensation for the injuries sustained, when the jury awarded her the amount claimed. She has never enjoyed the state of perfect health since she met with the accident.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 July 1863
[there was a full report of the monument erected in Crich church to German WHEATCROFT]

Memorial to German Wheatcroft 1863

[For further information on this memorial and German WHEATCROFT - View ]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 August 1863
George RODGERS, of Crich, and Joseph RODGERS, of Alfreton, were summoned by Mr G. PYM, clerk to the board of guardians, to show cause why they should not contribute towards the support of their aged father, who is now an inmate of the Belper Union. The Bench, after a long and careful hearing of the case, ordered George RODGERS to pay 2s and Joseph RODGERS 1s per week and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 August 1863
Job WALTERS, of Crich, was charged by Joseph WALTERS, the defendant’s father, with assaulting him. This case was allowed to be settled by the defendant to pay the costs.

Derby Mercury 9 September 1863
Isaac SMITH, labourer, of Crich, was charged by Thomas JACKSON, of the same place, with wilfully treading down the herbage then growing in a certain field in his occupation, doing damage to the amount of 6d. The case was allowed to be settled by the defendant paying the costs.

Derby Mercury 16 September 1863
On Tuesday, the 8th instant, Mr Joseph FRITCHLEY farmer, Crich, aged 66.
.On Sunday, the 6th instant, Rachel, daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph MARRIOTT, Crich, aged 2 years.

Derby Mercury 16 September 1863
On Tuesday, Mr Joseph FRITCHLEY, whilst attending to his cattle, dropped down dead. On Wednesday an inquest was held over the body before Mr WHISTON, at Mr Benjamin TAYLOR’s, Bulls Head Inn. From the statement of Mr C.B.N. DUNN, surgeon, it appeared that the deceased had been suffering from disease of the heart &c., and that he was liable to die suddenly from agitation or excitement. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased “Died from disease of the heart.”

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 October 1863
On Thursday last, a public tea meeting was held in the Parochial Schoolroom, were nearly 230 were present, as a tribute of respect to the Rev Mr MELLIS, who had been the Rev Mr CHAWNER’s curate for three years. After tea the Rev Mr CHAWNER presented to Mr MELLIS a very elegant timepiece and a silver-plated ink stand, valued at £20, which had been publicly subscribed for and generously responded to by the inhabitants.
[there followed a long report of the presentation]

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 3 October 1863
There were a long list of plaints, but the only one possessing interest was a jury case, in which a quarryman of the name of TAYLOR, in the employ of Mr SIMS, was plaintiff, and Mr TAYLOR, publican and butcher, of Crich, was the defendant. The action was brought to recover £50 in damages for a broken leg, alleged to have been caused by the defendant, during a most unwarrantable attempt to inject the plaintiff from his public-house. The witness for the plaintiff, consisting of himself and his companion, WHETTON, parish clerk of Crich, and the latter’s wife, who was drinking with them, swore positively that they were sober, and the defendant assaulted the plaintiff in a most unprovoked and sudden manner, throwing him down and jumping upon him, thereby fracturing a small bone of the leg. This was, however, entirely contradicted by the defendant, who stated that both plaintiff and WHETTON were very drunk, and on his refusing to draw them any more, became very turbulent and abusive, and though often told to go, refused to leave the house without having more to drink, and that he bought in a policeman to turn them out, upon which the plaintiff and WHETTON attacked him, and in the scuffle they all fell together, and that they were eventually ejected and went home. This evidence was corroborated by a respectable farmer who happened to be present, and also by the policeman, who said it was impossible for the defendant to have “jumped upon” the plaintiff as alleged, for that the plaintiff was pulled down by the defendant and was actually undermost, and then when ordered by witness to go home on pain of being taken to the lock-up, the two walked away together; the wife of WHETTON begging the policeman not to take them as they were too drunk to know what they were doing. The learned judge summed up in his usual lucid and impartial manner, and the jury, in a very few minutes, returned a verdict for the defendant.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 16 October 1863
On the 9th instant, Mrs POYSER, widow of the late Mr Israel POYSER, senior, the Chase, Crich, aged 18 years.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 16 October 1863
Joseph FRITCHLEY, of Crich, was brought up in custody, under warrant, charged by Elizabeth FRITCHLEY with using abusive and threatening language towards her. The Bench, after a long and careful hearing of the case, bound the defendant over, himself in £20, and a surety in £20, to keep the peace for 12 months.

Derbyshire Courier 21 November 1863
On the 12 instant, at the Parish Church, Heage, by the Rev H.M. MOSS, incumbent, Isaac BOWMER, Esq, Ridgeway House, near Belper, to Anne, eldest daughter of Mr Ralph Wheeldon SMITH, the Cross, Crich, Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 11 December 1863
John YATES, of Middleton by Wirksworth, Joseph YATES, of Parwich, and Walter YATES, of Crich Carr, were summoned by Mr Ferneyhough, overseer, of Parwich, to show cause why an order should not be made upon them to contribute something towards the maintenance of their aged father, who was chargeable to the parish of Parwich. after hearing the evidence of the overseer, which was not very satisfactory in regard to the ability of the defendants so to contribute, the magistrates adjourned the case until (tomorrow) Saturday.

Derby Mercury 30 December 1863
Dr TRISTRAM, for the plaintiffs, who were executors of the will of R.W.SMITH, late of Crich, move the Court to pronounce for the will of the deceased, dated 26 October, 1858, and against the codicil dated July 1860.
[There followed a long report about the court case. The case centred on whether the codicil was executed as a sham and a pretence, and was never seriously intended as a paper of testamentary operation. The finding was a follows:]
In this case the Court was so satisfied, and it therefore pronounced for the will and against the codicil. The costs of all parties will be paid out of the estate.

Derby Mercury 30 December 1863
On the 11th or 12th instant, Mr William SMITH, aged 73.]
[there was also a lengthy report of the inquest into the death of “an old man, William SMITH”].

1864 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 1 January 1864
On Friday, the 25th ult., Mr Elias HARTLE, of Crich, aged 47 years; much and deservedly respected.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 4 March 1864
BELPER On Saturday last, the Board of Guardians for the poor of the Belper Union, proceeded to the election of an overseer for the poor of Crich parish. Testimonials were read from seven candidates, but only two were nominated, viz., Mr Thomas DAWES, grocer, and Mr YEOMANS, farmer. After a very animated discussion, Mr DAWES was elected by a majority of 10 votes, he receiving 17 votes, had his opponent 7.
Joseph POLLARD, labourer, of Crich, was charged by Thomas WALKER, of the same place, with assaulting him. Fined 2s 6d; in default of payment to be committed to the house of correction for 21 days.
William GAUNT, labourer, of Crich, was charged by Mary COWLISHAW, of the same place, with being the putative father of her illegitimate child.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 11 March 1864
At his residence, Crich, on Sunday last, March 6, Mr William WETTON, aged 42.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 11 March 1864
[the following report of the “Great Matlock Will Case” made many references to Crich area personalities]

Matlock Great Will Case 1864

[Note: this case drew national interest and was very widely and extensively reported over several months – there was even a book written about the case.]

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 26 March 1864
Martha HOLMES, domestic servant, of Crich, was brought up in custody of Mr MORAN, the deputy chief constable, charged with stealing a sovereign, the property of Joseph ROE, stone getter, of Crich.
[there followed a lengthy report of the case; and the result was – ]
The Bench after hearing the case, sentenced the prisoner to 21 days hard labour in the house of correction.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 1 April 1864
At the parish church, Crich, on Monday, the 28th March, by the Rev Mr CHAWNER, Mr William RODGERS, to Miss Catherine, SELLORS both of Fritchley, in the parish of Crich.

Derby Mercury 6 April 1864
It is with great pleasure that we announce the gift of a fine toned organ to the above place of worship by the Misses HURT, of Crich Chase House. The cost of the instrument is £150.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 8 April 1864
The Canal Inn, Bull Bridge, was transferred from Thomas PIPES to William STIRLAND.
The Jovial Dutchman, Crich, was transferred from Ralph SMITH to Frederick Clayton STRELLEY

Derby Mercury 27 April 1864
John LYNAM, of Heage, collier, David WAINWRIGHT of Heage, collier John PETTS, of Alderwasley, labourer and Joseph TOPHAM, of Crich, labourer, were summoned by Sergeant POWLSON for being drunk and behaving in an indecent manner at Ambergate, on the fifth instant. From the officers statement it seemed that on the day in question is sale was being held near to Mr BROADHURST’s, of the Thatched House Tavern, at which the whole of the defendants were present. At the request of one of the party, the whole of them went to Mr BROADHURST’s and partook of some drink. They left the house and again came to the place of sale, where they commence fighting one amongst the others. A number of other Ross then joined them and a regular melee was the result. Mr Adam RYDE, parish constable of Belper, and Mr Thomas RADFORD, of Fritchley, constable, assisted the sergeant to quell the disturbance. They were examined, and fully corroborated POWLSON’s evidence. John LYNAM did not appear. He was convicted in the mitigated penalty of 15s and costs amounting to 10s 41/2d. In default to be committed to goal for fourteen days. The remaining defendants were each fined 7s 6d and costs 10s 41/2d, in default of payment to be committed for seven days each. WAINWRIGHT, PETTS and TOPHAM paid the money. LYNAM was allowed a week.
[Note:Thatched House Tavern was on the site of what is now the Hurt Arms, at Ambergate].

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 April 1864
An inquest was held at the Wheatsheaf Inn, kept by Isaac WOODIWISS, Whatstandwell, before W WHISTON, Esq, Jr, on the 21st instant, on the body of Jesse TOPHAM, late of Birkin’s Court, Belper. The only witness called was Joseph CARLISLE, Crich Carr, and his evidence proved the facts of the case as stated by us in our last weeks impression. The deceased died at eight o’clock on the morning after the accident. Verdict – “Accidentally killed by a fall from a tree.” Mr David TOWNDROW, of Crich Carr, was foreman of the jury.

Derby Mercury: Wed 19 Jun 1864
PETTY SESSIONS, Wednesday, June 22
[Before G.H. STRUTT, L.E. MANN. and R. SMITH Esqrs.]
Wm. LICHFIELD, framework knitter of Crich, was charged by Mr Samuel BOWER, licensed victualler of that place, with using abusive and threatening language. – Bound over in £10 and two sureties of £5 each, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for the next twelve months.

Derby Mercury 6 July 1864
At the residence of her father, Harriet, youngest daughter of Mr Aaron STORER, Crich, aged 19; deeply lamented by a large circle of friends and relations.
At her residence, Crich, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr John HAYNES, aged 68.

Derby Mercury: 21 Sep 1864
FATAL ACCIDENT – On Tuesday, an inquest was held before Mr Coroner WHISTON on the body of William DIBB, who met with his death whilst in the capacity of limestone quarryman at the Crich Limestone Quarries, belonging to the Clay Cross Company, and under the management of Mr John JEFFRIES. The inquest was held at Mr Benjamin TAYLOR’s the Bulls Head Inn, Crich, before a respectable jury. – John WOOLLEY stated that he was working near the deceased, and that another man, named Aaron STORER, was watching for the deceased whilst getting loose stone, when a large stone fell on him. The usual precautions against accidents had been taken by Aaron STORER watching, and he decided that they should remove. Unfortunately, the deceased did not leave when requested by the watcher who left the ground, and the stone, which was about eight tons in weight, rolled over him, crushing him in a dreadful manner, and causing his death. – Aaron STORER, overlooker of the quarries, was with DIBB more than an hour, and cautioned not to remain in the position where he was standing, when he came to the bottom and said he would leave it. He remained behind, however, and went to another part, believing he could loosen more stone. The witness having left him, and gone about 200 yards away, he heard a fall of stone, which threw the deceased to the bottom of the quarry, a distance of 28 feet, and resulted in his death. – The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death” and added that no blame was to be attached to any person with the exception of the deceased, who did not come away when requested.

Derby Mercury 26 October 1864
On the 9th instant at the house of her brother, T.W. HALL, Esq, surgeon, Crich, Miss HALL, late of South Wingfield Park, in this county.
On the 17th instant Henry, the infant son of Mr George WALKER, of Crich Carr.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 25 November 1864
On Friday morning last, about 5 o’clock, the gable end of the new chapel, which is in course of erection for the use of the United Methodist Free Church Society, at Crich, fell with tremendous crash, owing to the wind being very rough at the time; and, unfortunately, the side trees had not been placed in position, else, in all probability, the accident would not have occurred. The gable end fell into the inside of the chapel, breaking the cast-iron window frames and the runners for the chapel floor, and one of the principal crossbeams, as well as a cast-iron supporter of the same beam. The material came down with such a weight has to force the runners to prise the inside of the wall right out into the chapel, leaving the outside of the wall standing nearly to the square of the building. Little or no damage was done to the school room underneath the chapel. The damage has been estimated at from £40 to £50, and the trustees would either pay the entire loss or a great portion of it, which will be a great relief to the constructor.