News Snippets between 1865 and 1869

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers between 1865 and 1869.

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.

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. The newspapers usually recorded the pound sign with "l" not £ as transcribed.

1865 newspapers

Derby Mercury 4 January 1865
Samuel WILMOT, labourer, and Benjamin BARBER, joiner, of Crich, were charged by Samuel LYNAM, gamekeeper to A..F. HURT, Esq, with trespassing in pursuit of game on lands in the occupation of Mr BOWMER. Fined 40s, and costs each, or two months imprisonment with hard labour.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 6 January 1865
On the 1st instant, at his residence, near Gregory Tunnel, Crich, Mr Thomas ARNOTT, aged 95 years.

Derby Mercury 25 January 1865
Sarah BAKER, domestic servant, was bought up in custody of Mr Isaac BOWMER, parish officer, charged with stealing several articles of wearing apparel, the property of Mr HALL, surgeon of Crich, the prisoner pleaded guilty to the charge, and was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour.
William BROCKLEHURST and James GREENHOUGH, of Crich, quarrymen, were bought up in custody of Sergeant POWLSON, charged with stealing 14 iron wedges, the property of William WINSON, of Crich, who declined to prosecute. The prisoners were discharged with a caution from the Bench.
John HARTSHORN, quarryman, of Crich, was bought up in custody, charged with being drunk and disorderly on the night of the 13th instant, at Crich, and having violently assaulted Henry WHITE, and biting his ear off. the Bench after hearing the case, committed the prisoner to the house of correction for two months, with hard labour.
Herbert GOODALE, Draper, & C, Crich, was charged by Thomas RADFORD, parish constable of the same place, with being drunk and riotous in the public street, on the night of the 14th instant. The evidence being insufficient the case was dismissed.

Derby Mercury 8 February 1865
Last week several companies of snow diggers were employed on the highways of this parish (Crich) and after the heavy fall on Sunday night and Monday morning, their numbers were very considerably increased, as all the roles were impassable for vehicles
We regret having to mention an accident which befell Miss S.HURT, of Chase Cliff House, Crich, last week. Two of the Misses HURT were proceeding to Wirksworth in a sledge, when the latter became in contact with a large stone, and was upset. Miss S.HURT in attempting to save herself put out her arms, one of which was broken in the fall. We are glad to hear she is progressing favourably.
On Friday morning, as Mr John PIGGIN, the postman for the Crich district, was returning from his round, he got fast in a large snow-drift, and remained in that position for nearly an hour. Fortunately, two men were going by not far from where he was, and were attracted by his cries for assistance, which they immediately rendered to him. He was conveyed to the house of his father much exhausted. Had it not been for the timely assistance rendered the consequences would in all probability have been fatal.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 17 February 1865
On Tuesday night, Mr BOWERS, publican, of Crich, was returning home, when he was thrown from his horse with great violence. He was taken to the residents of Mr MORAN, and medical aid at once called in, when he was found to have sustained a severe concussion of the spine, and is still in a very critical state.

Derby Mercury 8 March 1865
On the 20th ult. at Crich Church, by the Rev Mr MILLS, curate, Mr Joseph SLACK, of Normanton, to Miss Sarah CURZON, daughter of Mr George CURZON senior, Crich.

Derby Mercury 7 June 1865
On the 29th ult., at Crich Carr, Mr Samuel SLACK, aged 52.
On the 26th ult. at Crich, Mr George SWINDELL, in his 34th year; much respected.
On the 26th ult., at Crich, Mrs NIGHTINGALE, aged 91.

Derby Mercury 19 April 1865
At Crich, on the 4th instant, Mary, relict of the late Mr William CAWOOD, aged 83.
On the 9th instant, at his residence, Whatstandwell Bridge, near Crich, Mr Samuel WHEATCROFT, in the 91st year of his age

Derby Mercury 17 May 1865
George BOLLINGTON, labourer, of Crich, was charged by Enoch NAYLOR, beer-house keeper, of the same place, with being drunk and refusing to quit the house when requested. Fined 5s and costs. BOLLINGTON was further charged by Robert BUNTING, Taylor, of the same place, with assaulting him. BUNTING’s wife appeared on behalf of her husband and requested the Bench be allowed to settle the case, which was done on the payment of costs.

Derby Mercury 24 May 1865
Daniel SPENCER, labourer, of Crich, was charged by Mr BOWMER, farmer, of Fritchley, with absconding from his service. The defendant not appearing in answer to the charge, the Bench issued a warrant for his apprehension.

Derby Mercury 31st May 1865
On the 23rd instant, at the residence of her son, James JEFFERIES, Esq, Crich, Mrs JEFFERIES, relict of the late Mr JEFFERIES, formerly of Portsmouth, aged 82.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 16 June 1865
[A report of the Crich festivities naming various clubs, and Inn keepers]
Samuel BOWER–Black Swan
Ann BURLEY–Bull’s Head
William SIMS–Red Lion
Mr BAKER–Wheatsheaf
Mr STIRLAND–Jovial Dutchman

Crich Whitsun festivities 1865

Derby Mercury 21 June 1865
At his residence, Fritchley, Crich, on the 8th instant, Mr John BARNES, aged 76.

Derby Mercury 28 June 1865
Mr DUNN, surgeon, Crich, chairman
Mr Isaac BOWMER, Ridgeway House
Mr Peter William BOURNE, Bull Bridge
Mr Thomas DAWES, Crich
Mr James LEE, Crich
Mr John LEE, Wheatcroft
Mr Samuel RADFORD, Bull Bridge
Mr Robert TURNER, Plaistow Green, Crich
Mr Edward WHEATCROFT, Ambergate and Matlock

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 11 August 1865
To Boat Builders –
Wanted immediately, three steady, good workmen. apply to Mr A. WHEATCROFT, Boat Builder, Bull Bridge, near Crich, Derbyshire.

Derby Mercury 30 August 1865
Joseph BUCKLEY and Andrew PEARSON, framework-knitters of Crich, were charged by Sergeant POULSON with being drunk and disorderly at Crich, on Sunday, the 13th instant. Fined 7s 6d each and costs; in default, 21 days imprisonment with hard labour.

Derbyshire Courier 2 September 1865
On the 29th ult., at the Parish Church, Crich, by the Rev H. MILNES, curate, Mr Lott Beardsley PORTER, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Mr Joseph WHITHAM, all of Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 8 September 1865
On Thursday last, the 31st August, Mr Coroner WHISTON, held an inquest at the Thatched House Tavern, on the body of a boy, named John KEY, who met with his death the previous Tuesday. From the evidence of the witnesses it appeared that deceased who had been subject to epileptic fits, was standing by some wagons near the side of the bank, at Crich Lime Kilns , and was seized with a fit, fell down, and before anyone could assist him, had bounded over the bank, fallen on the road, and kept rolling over till eventually he fell against the wall of the lime kilns. When assistant reached him the poor lad was just alive but died immediately after. The deceased had received a severe wound at the back of his head. The jury, after hearing the evidence returned a verdict of “Accidental death,”
[Note: John KEY was aged 15, the son of William and Elizabeth KEY, Amber Grove, Crich. The Thatched House Tavern was on the site of what is now the Hurt Arms.]

Derby Mercury 20 September 1865
George BOLLINGTON, labourer, and William FREEMAN, framework knitter, of Crich, were charged by sergeant POULSON with being drunk and disorderly in the public streets, on the 5th instant. BOLLINGTON, who is an old offender, was committed for seven days imprisonment, and FREEMAN was fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 20 October 1865
At the parish church, Crich, by the Rev H. MILNES, Mr Benjamin HARRISON, of Crich, to Alice, only daughter of Robert and Sarah WHITE, Fritchley, Crich.
October 7, at her residence, Crich, Jane the wife of James SMITH, blacksmith, aged 59 years.
At Crich Carr, John MERCHANT, aged six weeks.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 November 1865
At the parish church, Crich, by the Rev W.CHAWNER, Mr CARTER, late of York, to Miss Mabel ELSE, third daughter of James ELSE, Esq, mining agent, Wakebridge, Crich.
On 17 October, at her residence, Fritchley, Crich, Dorothy BOWMER, aged 81 years.

Derby Mercury 6 December 1865
John JACKSON, cordwainer, of Crich, was charged by his wife, Maria JACKSON, with using abusive and threatening language towards her. The defendant not appearing in answer to the summons, the magistrate issued a warrant for his apprehension.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 7 December 1865
At Crich Church, on the 4th instant, by the Rev H. MILNES, curate, Mr John WASS, to Miss Elizabeth PALMER.

Derby Mercury 13 December 1865
On the 4th instant, aged 76, Hannah, relict of the late Mr John BARNES, of Fritchley, Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 21 December 1865
This village will shortly be lit up with gas. Numerous workmen are now busily employed in laying the main. They have completed the Crich portion, and have commenced with the pipes for Fritchley. The gasometer will be at Bull Bridge, where the gasworks are progressing rapidly. The railway station at Ambergate will be supplied with gas from this source, and it is said will require upwards of 100 lights. It is expected the gas will be very pure Crich, owing to his altitude.

Derby Mercury 27 December 1865
An accident occurred at Whatstandwell, on Friday morning, the 15th instant, which might have proved fatal to two men at work there, but which fortunately has passed off lightly. Three men, named John WASS, John SWIFT, and Samuel PIGGIN, were engaged boring the rock at the Walkerwood Stone Quarries, and while prising a large stone to remove it, a large quantity of earth gave way unexpectedly beneath their feet (probably between 100 and 200 tons, including a stone 14 feet square), and through them to the bottom. WASS came down with the mass, and trundled his way until he was thrown onto another bed of stone some distance from the place where the drift fell, and was taken up for dead (but after the usual means was tried he partly recovered, so as to be able to be removed home.) SWIFT managed to throw himself after the rubbish, and, strange to say, escaped with a few bruises, are managed to walk home. The assistance of Dr DUNN, of Crich, was called, and the two men are getting round, and it is hoped will be able to resume work in a few days, although WASS was considerably bruised about the head and several parts of the body.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 December 1865
At the parish church, Crich, by the Rev H. MILNES, curate, Mr Charles HARPER, of Hollow Booth, to Miss Karen BARRETT, third daughter of William and Mary BARRETT, Fritchley, Crich.
At his residence, Crich, after a short illness, on the 23rd instant, William SWANN, mason, aged 52 years.
On the 24th instant, at Fritchley, Crich, after a lingering illness, Elizabeth, wife of George VALLONS, boatman, aged 51 years. [Note: believe this should be VALLANCE].

1866 newspapers

Ilkeston Pioneer 4 January 1866
Herbert GOODALE, draper, of Crich, was charged by Mr James JEFFERIES, contractor, of the same place, with using abusive and threatening language towards him. The magistrates, after hearing the case, called upon the defendant to find sureties – himself in £50 and two sureties in £50 each – to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for twelve months. GOODALE being unable to find sureties of the time, the bench allowed him a day the purpose of providing the same.
[Note: £50 in 1866 wound be worth about £3,000 in 2021].

Derby Mercury 10 January 1866
At Crich Church, January 3, by the Rev W. CHAWNER, vicar, Mr John CARR, Dronfield, to Isabella, eldest daughter of Mr Robert BOAG, Crich.
On the 24th ult. Mr Henry LUDLUM, Crich, aged 35.

Derby Mercury 24 January 1866
On the 9th instant, at the parish church, Crich, by the Rev Wm. CHAWNER, vicar, Mr Robert WASS, to Miss Fanny ALLSOP, both of Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 March 1866
On the 15th instant, at Crich, Sarah, wife of the Enos HARRISON, aged 28 years.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 8 March 1866
On the 2nd instant, at her residence, Crich, Mrs FROST, aged 70 years.

Derby Mercury 21 March 1866
On Monday week, at Park-head, near Crich, Helena, the beloved daughter of the late Mr Jacob WALL, aged 25; much respected by her friends.

Ilkeston Pioneer 5 April 1866
On the 27th ult., at Crich, Mr John BOWMER, late of Barn Close, Fritchley, aged 66 years, beloved and respected by all who knew him.

Derby Mercury 11 April 1866
At Crich, on the 2nd incident, Mr Robert ALSOP, to Susanna MUSGROVE, both of Crich CARR.
On the 29th ult., after a long illness, Mr William FANTOM, Park-head, Crich, aged 72.

Derby Mercury 18 April 1866
David THOMPSON, framework-knitter, of Crich, was charged by George ALLEN, licence victualler, of the same place, with being quarrelsome and refusing to quit his house when ordered to do so. The Magistrate, after hearing the case, inflicted a penalty of 20s and costs; in default, one month, with hard labour.
George BOLLINGTON and Joseph ARNOTT, labourers, of Crich, were charged by Samuel TAYLOR licensed victualler, of the same place, with been quarrelsome and refusing to quit his house. BOLLINGTON, an old offender, fined 40s and costs, and in default was committed to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour; ARNOTT was fined 20s and costs; in default, three weeks imprisonment.
Samuel LEAM, of Fritchley, was charged by his wife, Mary LEAM, with assaulting her. The Magistrates, after hearing the evidence, found that the defendant over, himself in £50, and to find two sureties of £50 each, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for 12 months.
[Note £50 in 1866 would be worth about £3,000 in 2021]

Ilkeston Pioneer 19 April 1866
This village, which has so long been noted for its healthy situation, and the longevity of its inhabitants has been the scene of an unusual number of funerals of late. Scarcely a day has passed but that the bell of the beautiful and ancient church has announced to the living that another soul has passed into eternity, and which seem to say “be ye also ready.” Children, in most of the cases, have been the victims, though in a few instances death with his iron hand, has seized upon the man of threescore and ten summers, reminding viewers that “we also must needs die.”
Friday, April 6, was the fair day, though a stranger passing through the place would not have observed anything unusual, as there were no cattle of any kind offered for sale, neither was a show or stall to be seen in the town throughout the day, in fact, there was no fair at all, and 6 April, this year, past as any other day at Crich.

Derby Mercury 9 May 1866
The late Mr John BOWMER, formerly of Barn Close, Fritchley, afterwards of the Yews, Crich, in the county of Derby, farmer, deceased.
All persons having any claims or demands against the estate of the said John BOWMER, who died on the twenty-seventh day of March 1866, and whose Will was proved in the District Registry of Her Majesty’s Court of Probate, at Derby, on the twentieth day of April 1866, are requested to forward the same to Mr John MASON, of The Yews, in Crich aforesaid, the executor and executrix named in the Will of the said John BOWMER; and all persons indebted to the said estate are requested to pay the amount of their respective in debts forthwith to the said executor and executrix, or either of them.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 25 May 1866
On the 6th instant, at the parish church, Crich, by the Rev W. CHAWNER, vicar, Mr Samuel Gilson GREENHOUGH, to Elizabeth Pamela BROWN, both of Crich Carr.

Derby Mercury: Wed 30 May 1866
The members of the various sick societies in the neighbourhood assembled on Monday, at their various lodge-rooms, and marched in procession to the church, where the Rev Mr HARBECK delivered the sermon. The members afterwards dined at the Black Swan Inn, kept by Mr Samuel BOWER, The Rev Mr HARBECK presiding, supported by C. B. DUNN Esq, surgeon to the society, Mr B. TAYLOR, Grand Master and secretary. After doing justice to the good things placed on the table, the Chairman read a statement of the accounts.
After concluding the business of the lodge, the rev chairman proposed the usual loyal toasts, and the “Army, Navy, and British Volunteers” which were warmly responded to; as also the health of the “Grand Master and prosperity to the lodge” the “Honorary Members” including T. W. EVANS Esq MP, A. F. HURT Esq, M. JESSOP Esq, and a number of other gentlemen. Mr DUNN then, in very appropriate terms, proposed “The health of the Bishop of the Diocese and the ministers of all religious denominations” coupling with the name of Mr CHAWNER, the highly esteemed vicar of the parish, which was responded to my Mr HARBECK. Then followed “The health of the host and hostess” which was received with great applause. Mr BOWER, in reply, expressed the happiness it afforded both himself and his wife, when called upon to provide dinner, to find they had given satisfaction, and he hoped that every member present might live many years, and that they should often meet again. During the evening the Sutton band (which was engaged for the occasion by Mr BOWER) played some excellent pieces of music and sang several admirable glees. The entire arrangements were creditable to Mr BOWER and gave the greatest satisfaction to his patrons.

Derby Mercury 6 June 1866
George JACKSON, stonemason, of Crich Carr, was summoned by J. PYM, assistant clerk to the Board of Guardians, to show cause why he should not contribute towards the support of his aged mother, who was chargeable to the parish. Ordered to pay 2s 6d per week, and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 29 June 1866
James FOX, labourer, of Crich, was charged by Mr John BURLEY, of Whatstandwell, with leaving his service without giving proper notice. Ordered to pay costs and return to his service.

Ilkeston Pioneer 19 July 1866
On the 29th ult., at Crich, Ellen CONQUEST, aged 83 years.
Recently, at Bull Bridge, Crich, Millicent WILKINSON, aged 34 years.
On the 10th instant, at Crich, Sarah, wife of John STOCKS.

Ilkeston Pioneer 2 August 1866
Joseph WOOLLEY, of Crich, was charged by Margaret CURZON, of the same place, with wilfully and maliciously breaking her dwelling house door. Case dismissed.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 10 August 1866
On Thursday in last week, as the men employed in the Clay Cross, limestone quarry were pursuing their daily labour, one of those slips or falls which are common in such places occurred in a part of the quarry where several men and boys were working, and but for one of the men lifting up his head and seeing the danger to which they were exposed, and giving an alarm, the probability is that several of them would have met with instantaneous death. We are, however, sorry to say that a boy, named HAWKINS, of Crich Carr, was fatally injured, one leg and one arm being severed from his body, besides receiving a large gash to his forehead. He was at once carried to another part of the quarry, but life was extinct. Two men were also at the same time hurt, one old man, named William ROE, and one named HARRISON, but neither of them severely. On Saturday an inquest was held on the body of the boy, at Mrs BURLEY’s, the Bulls Head Inn, Whatstandwell, before Mr Coroner . WHISTON. The evidence of William ROE and Aaron STORER, the foreman, went to show that every precaution had been taken, and that the affair was altogether accidental, and the jury returned a verdict to that effect.
On Monday last, a man named John SHIPLEY, lodging at Richard HALL’s, Crich not being downstairs at his usual time, the host went to ascertain the cause, and was surprised to find him dead. An inquest was held at the house of Mr Benjamin TAYLOR, before Mr Coroner WHISTON, on Tuesday, when the jury returned a verdict of “death through heart disease, bought on by excessive drinking.”

Ilkeston Pioneer 23 August 1866
Robert COOPER, labourer, of Crich, was charged by his master, Mr Robert TURNER, of the same place, with leaving his service without giving the proper notice. In consequence of the frequency of offences of this nature occurring, and the great disadvantage that masters are put to buy their servants going away from their employment without giving notice, the bench stated that they were determined to make an example in this case, and therefore committed COOPER to the House of Correction for twenty-one days, with hard labour.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 8 September 1866
August 22, at St John’s Church, Holmfirth, by the Rev W. FOWLER, incumbent, Christopher R.N. DUNN, surgeon, Crich, Derbyshire, to Ellen, fourth daughter of Edward TROTTER, surgeon, of Holmfirth.

Derby Mercury 26 September 1866
The only police case brought before the Bench was Joseph BLAND, higgler , of Crich, summoned by Sergeant Poulsen, for allowing three asses, his property, to stray upon the highway. He being an old offender, was fined 2s for each ass, and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 5 October 1866
A meeting was held in the National School Room, Crich, on Saturday evening last, to take into consideration the desirability of having a reading Room in the parish. The Rev W. CHAWNER, vicar, occupied the chair supported by the Rev J.L. HOLBECK, curate. Both Rev gentlemen favoured a meeting with explanatory instructions and encouraging remarks, after which a friendly discussion followed. The following resolution was agreed to: – “That this meeting deems it highly desirable that a Reading Room be established in Crich.” This was proposed by the Rev J.L. HOLBECK, seconded by Mr Samuel BUSH, and carried unanimously. The meeting then formed itself into a committee passed several resolutions, I decided to hold an inaugural meeting about the middle of the present month.
The anniversary of the Baptist Chapel, Crich, was held on Sunday last ... [a long report followed]

Derby Mercury 10 October 1866
On Tuesday, the 2nd instant, at Crich, by the Rev James Lewis HOLBECK, curate, Mr Charles ALLEN, builder, Smalley, to Mrs Mary Ann WALLS, of Fritchley, near Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 19 October 1866
[there followed a long report of a Reading Room at Crich, the end of which is of poor definition.]

Opeming of Crich Reading Rooms 1866
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 19 October 1866
[there followed a long report of a Reading Room at Crich, the end of which is of poor definition.]
Opening og Crich Reading Rooms 1866

Ilkeston Pioneer 1 November 1866
On Saturday last an accident happened to a boy named John PIGGIN, who was riding on the limestone wagons running from Crich quarry to Ambergate, when his foot slipped, and one of the wagons passed over his foot, crushing it very severely. C.B.N. DUNN , Surgeon,ddun was soon in attendant found that no bones were broken , but that the foot had sustained a severe fracture.
On Tuesday, a working man named James TOMLINSON met with a very severe accident. He was engaged in thatching a house in Crich, when a man employed by Thomas BOWMER, Miller, was passing up the street with a horse and cart, and instead of attending to his horse, was looking at another way, and unfortunately the cart ran against the ladder on which TOMLINSON was standing, knocked it down, and the man with it, who sustained a severe shock, the fall putting his shoulder out. Under Mr DUNN’s treatment both the unfortunates are going on well.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 23 November 1866
On the 15th instant, Crich, after a short illness, Mary GRATTIDGE, aged 82 years.
Recently, at the residence of his son, George HALLAM, Crich, Samuel HALLAM, aged 78.

1867 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 18 January 1867
On Saturday last an accident of a serious nature occurred to an old man, named Benjamin RADFORD, aged 76, of Fritchley. The deceased was going to meet his son, whom he thought, was not able, owing to the heavy fall of snow, to get home without some assistance, he being very lame, and the snow falling fast. It seemed almost impossible for the man to get along, with two asses and a load of coal, and for safety the old man took a shorter cut, by which he would have to cross the Midland Railway at the road known as the Heely Bridge. By the time the man was crossing the line he was startled by the approach of a fast train. The driver gave the usual alarm, and the brakes were applied, the man then being in the “six foot;” but no doubt he became confused, and again got onto the line, when he was caught by the buffer of the engine, and the train ran over him, killing him on the spot. The body was taken to the Lord Nelson Inn, Bull Bridge, and on Monday an inquest was held before Mr Coroner WHISTON, when a verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.

Derby Mercury 23 January 1867
On the 13th instant, at Crich, Martha, wife of Mr ThomasAMOTT, aged 23.

Derby Mercury 27 February 1867
John SWIFT, Crich Carr, was charged by Ann, wife of Samuel JOHNSON, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, Crich Carr with assaulting her. As the defendant did not appear, the service of the summons was proved, and there was another charge against him, the Magistrates granted a warrant for his apprehension.
William WINSON, Crich Carr, was charged by William SWIFT, of the same place, with assaulting and beating him. The complainant said that on Sunday night last he was at the Wheatsheaf. The defendant was there also, quarrelled with him, took off his coat to fight him, and struck at him twice. His son John had been bound over to keep the peace for six months towards his wife, Jane SWIFT. Joseph WIGLEY, a witness, said he had heard defendant ask complainant to fight with him, but stated that no blow was struck. The defendant, in defence, said that complainant’s brother John had broken Mr JOHNSON’s windows on Sunday morning last, about one o’clock; that he wanted to make the matter up with the landlord, that he refused to comply, and that in consequence this quarrel had arisen. Ann LEE, a sister of the landlord of the Wheatsheaf, said she heard complainant threatened the defendant, but that the latter did not do anything to the former. The Magistrates ordered both complainant and defendant to enter into their own recognizances to keep the peace for twelve months and to pay the costs between them.

Derby Mercury 27 February 1867
At Rose Cottage, Crich, on the 17th instant, Mrs Penelope FLETCHER, only daughter of the late John Cressy HALL, Esq, Swanwick Grange, near Alfreton.
On the 9th instant, and Crich, after a long illness, Mr Thomas TOWNDROW, aged 47.

Derby Mercury 6 March 1867
Under the Will of the late Miss Emma HURT, Crich Cliff, duty free, £100.

Derby Mercury 13 March 1867
James, John, and Thomas HOGG, of Crich, were charged by William BARRETT, also of Crich, with having on Tuesday, the 26th ult., assaulted him. Complainant informed the magistrates that he wished to withdraw the charge, and was allowed by them to do so.

Derby Mercury 13 March 1867
Jeremiah BURTON, grocer, Crich, was fined 10s and 10s 6d costs, for having in his shop on Monday, the 18th ult. of flour scale, which was 1½ ounces against the purchaser.
Hannah HARPER, grocer, Crich Carr, was fined 5s and 10s 6d costs for having in her possession a flower scale, which was 1 oz against the buyers, and the same amount for a 1 lb weight which was nearly a drachm deficient. The inspector having informed the magistrates that he was never abused by anyone before as he was by the defendant, they recommended her to keep a civil tongue in her head in future.
[Note a drachm weight was equivalent to one eighth of an ounce]

Derby Mercury 10 April 1867
Joseph BUCKLEY, Crich, was charged with having on Sunday morning last, been drunk and guilty of riotous behaviour. Defendant, who admitted the charge said he was working at Pinxton colliery at present, but that he was a lead miner by trade. Sergeant INSLEY proved the case, and added that there was a great deal of drunkenness and fighting of Crich on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.

Derbyshire Courier 18 May 1867
On Monday, a public dinner was held at Mr Samuel BOWER’s , the Swan Inn, Crich, to present to Mr Peter BOWN, of Bull Bridge, agent for the Butterly Company, who was leaving the place, with a handsome timepiece, given by the inhabitants of Crich and neighbourhood as a mark of esteem and respect. Mr BOWN has been a very useful man in the parish business, and much respected by all the workmen under his care. The dinner was got up in good style, which did great credit to the host and hostess, and was well attended.
Recently two or three petty thefts have been committed in this parish. One night a juniper tree was taken from the garden of Mr R.W. SMITH, of Wheeldon House, a reward was offered and the police were engaged making enquiries, went to the surprise of all the tree was found restored to its former place. Also on the night of the 30th ult. some person or persons stole from the garden belonging to Mrs PORTER, of Park Head, ten fine cauliflowers, a reward has been offered in this case, and although the police have been active the guilty party has not yet been brought to justice.
On Monday and accident of serious nature happened to a man named George RODGERS. He was at work at the Limestone Quarry belonging to the Butterly Company, at Crich, and was engaged in firing a shot, when, by some accidental means, the powder ignited and exploded, one of the poor man’s hands was so injured that had first it was thought it would be necessary to amputate it; his face is also burned in a frightful manner, so that he has lost one eye, and the other is in a dangerous state. Under the treatment of C B.N. DUNN, Esq, the sufferer is going on as well as can be expected.

Derby Mercury 29 May 1867
David WILKINSON, builder, Crich, was summoned by Joseph SIMS, also of Crich, for refusing to pay him £3 9s 9d wages. The defendant said he only owe him £1 2s 8d. The Magistrates ordered that amount be paid, as well as a few shillings additional.

Derby Mercury 12 June 1867
John NIGHTINGALE, grocer, of Crich, was summoned by Mr Superintendent SHAWE, inspector of weights and measures, for having in his shop at Crich, on the 23rd ult., one pair of scales one ounce against the purchaser. Fined 10s and costs 10s 6d.
James SELLORS, of Crich, summoned Isaac JACKSON, of Crich, for allowing his three cows to stray on the highway, and Crich, on the second inst. Paid costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 3 August 1867
Henry TAYLOR, of Crich, was charged with permitting his horse to stray on the highway, and fined 5s and 10s 6d costs.

Derby Mercury 28 August 1867
Samuel WILMOT, of Fritchley, Crich, was charged by Sergeant INSLEY with having on the 15th instant been in unlawful possession of a double-barrelled gun and a powder flask. The sergeant said he saw the defendant at four o’clock in the morning in a field belonging to Mr Michael JESSOP, of Crich. He pursued him for 250 yards, and at last overtook him, when he was told by him that he would shoot him. He, however, succeeded in taking the gun and flask from him without receiving any injury. The defendant, who did not appear, was fined £5 and costs.

Derby Mercury 4 September 1867
Being the special sessions for granting alehouse licences, the magistrates were occupied a considerable time in hearing applications for new licences. One was granted to Mr Thomas JACKSON, the keeper of a beer house near Crich Cliff. All the existing licences were renewed.

Derby Mercury 11 September 1867
Thomas WARD, of Crich, framework-knitter, was summoned by Sergeant INSLEY, for being drunk and riotous in the Jovial Dutchman Inn, Crich and refusing to quit the same when requested. Fined £1, and costs, in default one months imprisonment.

Derby Mercury 9 October 1867
On the 23rd ult., at Crich, Mary the wife of Mr John CURZON, aged 64.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 19 October 1867
On Saturday last, the Chesterfield County police apprehended a gay Lothario, aged 55, named John HOLMES, a labourer of Crich, who absconded from there early in August, taking with him the wife of a labourer, named WHEELDON, of the same place, and leaving his own wife chargeable to the Belper Union. The fugitives, when found by the police, were at tea in a house which they had taken and furnished at Brampton. HOLMES is many years older than his companion, and by no means prepossessing in appearance,. His family are grown-up, some of them being married. He alleges as the cause of his conjugal infidelity his wife's inordinate love of laudanum, for which she was in the habit of selling everything available in the house. He was taken to the lock-up at Chesterfield, pending his removal to Belper. At Belper before the Bench, on Tuesday, John HOLMES, of Crich, was charged with leaving his wife chargeable to the parish. The prisoner absconded with the wife of another man named WHEELDON, and they went to live together at Brampton, where HOLMES was apprehended. He did not deny the charge, but attributed his unfaithfulness to the bad conduct of his own wife. The magistrates sentenced him to hard labour for twenty-one days.

Derby Mercury 6 November 1867
Sarah Ann POUNTAIN, an unfortunate, late of Belper, was charged with having on the 18th instant, at Crich, stolen one flannel petticoat of the value of 3s, belonging to John ROE, of Crich. She pleaded guilty, and was committed to gaol for one month.

1868 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 24 January 1868
Samuel TURNER, of Crich, charged Thomas POYSER, of Crich, with assaulting him at Crich, on the 6th instant by striking him and cutting his lip open. It appeared that this was a most unprovoked assault, and the defendant was fined 20s and costs; total £2 6s. Paid.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 31 January 1868
At Crich, on Tuesday, the 28th instant, after a long illness, born with Christian resignation, Mr Lot B. PORTER, postmaster, grocer, &c, aged 25 years.
On the 18th instant, at Crich, Hannah, the wife of George MITCHELL, aged 69 years.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 21 February 1868
Police sergeant Arthur INSLEY, who has been stationed at Crich about 14 months, and previously at Glapwell, in the Chesterfield district, died on Sunday last, at Crich, aged 31 years. He was interred on Wednesday, and was followed to the grave by Mr Superintendent SHAWE, and the men of the Belper district, 13 in all. His loss will be greatly felt. since his allocation to the Crich sub- district, he has given the greatest satisfaction to the inhabitants of the district. Here's being a member of the Derbyshire Constabulary for about eight years, and was a very steady and active officer.

Derby Mercury 1 April 1868
John ALSOP, farmer, Crich, was fined 20s and costs for being at an improper distance from two horses and a cart he had in his charge, not having a proper government over them, at Heage, on the 16th instant.
Abraham DAVENPORT, farm servant, of Crich, was summoned for a similar offence at Ripley, on the 16th instant, and find 20s and costs.
Police-constable SLATER, of Heage, summoned George TWIGG, servant, of Crich, for unlawfully riding upon his cart, at Heage, on the 13th instant, he not having any reins to guide the horse drawing the said cart, contrary to the statute. Fined 1s and costs.

Derby Mercury 8 April 1868
William FLETCHER, of Bull Bridge, near Crich, was charged by Sergeant MOSLEY with being drunk and riotous at Ripley on Sunday night. Defendant who said he believed he was fresh, was fined 5s and 13s 6d costs.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 11 April 1868
March 30, at the Parish Church, Crich William, eldest son of Mr Richard YOUNG, to Miss Emma POYSER.
At his residence, Fritchley, Crich, Mr Thomas POYSER, aged 33.

Derby Mercury 22 April 1868
On Tuesday, the 11th instant, Maria, the beloved wife of Mr William COCKAYNE, of Crich Carr, late of Quarndon, aged 60.
On the 11th instant, at his residence, Crich, Mr Elijah HALL, in the 70th year of his age.
On the 14th instant, at his father’s residence, Thomas, second son of Mr Joseph HOWITT, Crich, aged 27; much respected and beloved by all who knew him.

Derbyshire Courier 2 May 1868
[a long report about damage caused by a thunderstorm in the county. It included the following…]
The storm appears to have spent itself at Crich and neighbourhood. At Crich Carr, the house of Mr BRYAN, farmer, was struck by the electric fluid, a stack of chimney thrown down, and after splitting the gable end of the strongly built stone dwelling, exploded in the bottom room in which nearly every article was smashed.

Derby Mercury 6 May1868
Edwin MASON, farmer, Crich, was charged by George HOOD, an assistant Bailiff to the Alfreton County Court, with having on the 23rd ult. rescued from him a pig, which he had seized under execution of the Court. It appeared that William WATSON, Bailiff to the Alfreton County Court, and the complainant went to the defendant’s farm, and seized the pig; and that whilst the complainant was taking it away the defendant took it from him. WATSON re-seized the pig, and arrested the defendant. Find £1 and costs.

Derby Mercury 8 July 1868
Thomas BOWMER, aged 31, labourer, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with stealing, on the 30th May last, a pair of trousers, of the value of eleven shillings, the property of Richard Martyn CLARKE, of Crich. Sentence, three months imprisonment.
Joseph FOX, 38, labourer, was indicted for stealing, on 27 June last, at Crich, two vests, the property of John SMEDLEY, of Lea Mills. The vests were stolen from the house of a Mr DAWES, who had them to put sleeves in. The defence was that the prisoner simply sold the things for a neighbour, who had since died. Mr BOAG, of Crich, in whose service he had been for 20 years, gave the prisoner an excellent character. Not guilty.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 7 August 1868
George SELLERS, of Crich,’s limestone-getter, was summoned by Aaron STORER, agent to the Clay Cross Company, for absenting himself from his employment without consent. The defendant having agreed to return to his work and properly conduct himself in future, the case was not gone into.
Richard HAMBLETON, of Crich, was similarly charged. The case was adjourned for one month.

Derby Mercury 12 August 1868
On the sixth instant at the Congregational Chapel, Fritchley, by the Rev H CRASWELLER, BA, Mr Samuel BOWER of Derby, to Helena, second daughter of the late Mr Joseph WITHAM, Crich.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 14 August 1868
On the 8th instant, at his father’s house, Crich David HALLAM, aged 15 years.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 4 September 1868
A few of the most influential of the Liberal electors of this place have already begun their duties. On Tuesday evening meeting, which was convened by private circular, was held in the Independent Club room, “To consider the best means to be adopted for securing the return of Messrs EVANS and COLVILLE.” Considering that the meeting was called at an hour’s notice, it was a very fairly attended by the friends favourable to the Liberal cause. The ground is now planned out, and has an active canvasser for each district. If other places stand one-fourth as well as Crich there need be very little fear entertained as to the result of the ensuing contest. The few Tories here have not yet begun their hard work, for the obvious reason that they have no ground to work upon.

Derby Mercury 9 September 1868
George H. STORER, labourer, Crich, was summoned for being drunk and riotous at Crich, on August 10. Fined 2s 6d and costs, or three days. He was unable to pay and went to gaol.
John ELLIS, labourer of Crich, was summoned by Thomas RADFORD, parish constable, of Fritchley, for being drunk and riotous at Crich, on August 10, and fined 2s 6d and costs, or three days imprisonment. He was unable to pay and was sent to gaol.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 9 October 1868
On Monday morning the inhabitants of the village of Crich were thrown into great excitement, occasioned by two most extra ordinary accidents occurring at different places in the same hour. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in stone quarries, lead mines, and the manufacture of hosiery. It was in one of the limestone quarries belonging to the Clay Cross Company and which must be known to almost every visitor to Crich, on account of it being at the foot of a hill called “Crich Cliff” at the top of which is an observatory named “Crich Stand” from whence it is said there is not a more extensive view in the country that we have now to record a most sad occurrence, which, to a great extent appears to have been the result of carelessness. The men were at work on Monday as usual, some being at the top of the rock, others about halfway up, and the remainder at the bottom, who are chiefly “loaders.” About 10 o’clock a large stone which projected over the top of the rock gave way and fell upon a man named Richard FROST, who was at work half-way up the rock. The poor fellow fell almost senseless to the bottom of the quarry, and upon being examined by Mr C.B.N. DUNN and Mr ALLEN, surgeons, both his legs were found to be broken and fearfully crushed, and his head also very much shattered. He was removed home, but died in about an hour afterwards. He has left a wife and one son about 14 years of age. It may not be out of place to hear remark that the deceased brother, Robert, was made a cripple in the same quarry, about nine years ago, under circumstances similar to above.
At another quarry, called “The Hilts,” belonging to the Butterly Company, another accident occurred, about the same hour, to a young man about 19 years of age, named Joseph THORPE. he was setting a “shot” as it is termed by the workmen, and the powder ignited whilst the poor fellow’s head was over it. He is at present quite blind, and it is to be feared that his side cannot be recovered.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 27 November 1868
I hereby give notice that I will not be answerable for any debts of my wife Sarah WALKER, of Crich Carr, in the county of Derby, may contract after this date. George WALKER.

1869 newspapers

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 9 January 1869
December 31, at Derby, Mr Jno. YEOMANS, of Crich, to Miss Sarah MERCHANT of Cromford

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 15 January 1869
At Matlock (by licence), on 31 December, by the Rev Mr MELVILLE, Mr William SHIPSTON, farmer, and strickle manufacturer, Crich, to Sarah, only daughter of the late Mr John BEIGHTON, farmer, Pentrich, both of this county.
[Note: a strickle was a straightedge used for sweeping off heaped-up grain to the level of the rim of a measure also an implement for sharpening scythes, composed typically of a piece of wood smeared with grease and sand.]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 5 February 1869
George WALKER, of Crich Carr, labourer, was summoned at the instance of Mary WOOLLEY for having, at Crich Carr, made a bonfire within 50 feet of the centre of a public carriageway at Crich Carr. It seemed that there was some unpleasantness existing between the complainant and defendant, which terminated in defendant making a bonfire opposite to complainant’s door. Fined 2s 6d and costs

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 5 February 1869
On Monday, the 1st instant, at the residence of his son-in-law, Grove Cottage, Crich, Mr James LITCHFIELD, aged 81 years.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 3 April 1869
March 18, at Park-head, Crich, Ann, relict of the late Mr William PORTER, of Edge Farm, aged 64 years, after 17 years affliction, born with exemplary patients, much and deservedly respected.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 23 April 1869
Herbert GOODALE, lately a draper, of Crich, was charged with having on 30 March assaulted police constable CHOLERTON. At a late hour in the night of the day mentioned the constable was going his rounds, calling at the Rising Sun. Defendant, who was in the house and “fresh,” when he saw him rose from his seat, and without any provocation struck him in the mouth and on the chest. Defendant admitted the charge, and was fined 10s and 10s 6d costs

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 4 June 1869
The licence of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Crich was transferred from Charles BAKER to William CHEETHAM, late of the Royal Oak beerhouse, Crich.

Derby Mercury 11 August 1869
Henry TAYLOR, of Crich, was summoned by Constable CHOLERTON for allowing his horse to stray on a highway in Crich, and convicted in a penalty of 5s and costs.
James BATES, of Crich, cattle dealer, was charged by the same officer with the commission of a like offence. A fine of 2s 6d and costs was imposed.
James PAYNES, of Plaistow, Crich, farmer, was charged by constable CHOLERTON with riding on a cart, of which he was owner and driver, on a highway in Crich, not having reins and no person to guide the horse. After hearing the evidence the Bench imposed a mitigated penalty of 2s 6d and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 13 August 1869
On the 4th instant at Wirksworth Church, by the Rev T Tunstall SMITH, Mr Henry WALKER, of Crich, to Miss Selina LAND, of Bolehill.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 3 September 1869
Wine licences granted – Crich – Frederick CHEETHAM, Mary BARRETT, Mary PORTER.
William FLETCHER (formerly a miller, of Bull Bridge), Crich was summoned by Constable CHOLERTON for being drunk at Crich, on the 16th ult. The defendant did not appear. Fined 5s and costs.
Thomas AMATT, of Whatstandwell Bridge, an infirm-looking man, was summoned for having assaulted Hannah, the wife of Mr George WHEATCROFT, grocer, Crich Carr. Defendant went to complainant’s shop, and words ensued, which ended in complainant being struck. Fined 5s and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 1 October 1869
George SALT, of Crich, labourer, was summoned by superintendent SHAWE for being drunk and rioters at Heage on 2 September. As there appeared some doubt whether the defendant was aware that a summons had been issued, the case was adjourned in order that a fresh summons might be issued.
Francis KEY, of Bull Bridge, scrap iron dealer, was summoned by superintendent SHAWE for allowing a horse, his property, to stray on the highway, in Crich. A previous conviction was proved against him. Fined 3s and costs; in default of immediate payment a warrant of distress to be issue.

Derbyhire Advertiser and Journal 1 October 1869
At Crich, on the 23rd ult. Ernest, infant son of James and Anne DAVIES, aged 14 weeks.

Derbyshire Courier 16 October 1869
Thomas and John HARTSHORNE, labourers, Crich, were charged by Joseph ROE, agent to the Butterly Company, with absenting themselves from service on the 24th ult. The compensation claim in each case was 5s. The charge was proved, and the defendants were ordered to pay 8s 6d each, the claim for compensation being withdrawn. They refuse to pay the money, whether compensation was enforced, and the sum to be paid amounted to 17s each.

Derby Mercury 20 October 1869
Notice is hereby given, that all creditors and other persons having claims or demands upon or against the estate of Leopold SAXTON, late of Crich, in the county of Derby, gentlemen, deceased, who died on or about the 26th day of November 1868, and whose will was proved by James LEE, of Crich aforesaid, Draper and Grocer, the sole surviving executor therein named, on the ninth day of April last, in the Derby Street Registry of Her majesties Court of Probate, are requested to send particulars of their claims or demands to the said James LEE, at Crich.

Derby Mercury. 27 October 1869
Death of A Centenarian
On Saturday 16th inst Elizabeth GREATOREX died at Plaistow Green Crich in the 102 year of her age. She retained all her faculties up to the time of her death and has been able to go about and perform some of her household duties till about the 11th inst when she was taken ill and confined to her bed where she rapidly sank and died. She had never been married and was in all probability the oldest maiden lady in England. She has also left behind to mourn her loss another maiden sister over 90.
[Note: Elizabeth GREATOREX was buried 20 October 1869 at Crich]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 5 November 1869
Herbert TOPHAM, of Crich Carr, wood cutter, was bought up charged by Sarah TOPHAM with the non-payment of bastardy arrears. Remanded until the 4th instant.
Samuel COCKAYNE, of Crich, grocer, was summoned by Mr Superintendent SHAWE for having in his possession one flour scale which was incorrect and unjust. Fined £1and costs.
John TAYLOR, of Fritchley, butcher, was also summoned by Mr SHAWE for having in his possession one meat scale which was incorrect and unjust. Fined 2s 6d and costs.
William JOHNSON, of Crich, greengrocer, was likewise summoned by Mr SHAWE for having in his possession three incorrect weights. Fined 2s 6d and costs.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 26 November 1869
George Ashborne SMITH, of the Greyhound public-house, Crich was summoned by Mr superintendent SHAWE for having in his possession two incorrect pint jugs. The bench convicted defendant in a fine of 5s and costs.