What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1910.
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; plus omissions are possible owing to human error.
In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches.
Some of the transcriptions have had minor edits.
Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Journal 7 January 1910
Arising out of another match at Crich, Wessington complained that they were not allowed to leave the field by the same way as they entered it. Mr J. BOWMER and his son, after the game had been lost by Crich, refused to let them pass over the former’s land. This action, it was stated gave rise to a struggle, in which several spectators were assaulted. Wessington also alleged that at the headquarters of the Crich club they were refused facilities for a wash, and consequently had to return home in a dirty condition.
[see resulting action reported in Belper News 14 January 1910]
The referee in the match between Whatstandwell and Matlock Cavendish reported that he had to stop the game 2½ minutes minutes before time, owing to the misconduct of H. MASON, a Whatstandwell player, who refused to leave the field when ordered to do so. The club were fined £1, and MASON suspended sine die, and ordered to be forbidden entrance to the club ground.
Belper News 14 January 1910
UNSEEMLY BEHAVIOUR AT CRICH
Frederick CALLADINE, Wessington, was summoned by John BOWMER, Crich, for assault, at Crich, on December 27; and there was a cross-summons. Both men are miners. Ernest BOWMER, Crich, grocer, was charged with having assaulted Samuel TOMLINSON, Wessington, on that date arising out of the same affair. Mr TERRY, Belper, appeared for BOWMER, and Mr Bendle W. MOORE represented the Derbyshire Football Association who prosecuted. Mr MOORE said it was desirable that such conduct as would be described should be stopped. Frederick CALLADINE, of Wessington, said he was at a football match at Crich, when Wessington won by two goals to none. On leaving the field BOWMER came up to him and commenced pulling his sleeve. This led to an altercation, and the upshot was that they fought. Samuel TOMLINSON, of Wessington, said he saw CALLADINE and BOWMER of the ground, and the spectators were shouting “Give it him”. Ernest BOWMER then came up and struck witness three or four times. Charles COLLEDGE, of Brackenfield, who was a spectator at the match, stated that while they were on the ground, and the spectators cried “Kill him.” CALLADINE gave saw (sic) CALLADINE and BOWMER close together in, and was going away when John BOWMER knocked him down and further assaulted him. Corroborative evidence was given by Luther TOMLINSON. Mr TERRY said nothing would have been heard of the matter had it not been for the D.F.A. John BOWMER said that after the match he was talking to CALLADINE , when the latter without provocation, struck him in the eye. Witness retaliated, but he could not do much as the crowd held him back. A few days later he was working in the pit with CALLADINE, and the latter stated that he (CALLADINE) was to blame. William BARRATT, Oakerthorpe, and Samuel BERESFORD, quarryman, Crich, gave evidence. Ernest BOWMER stated that he saw CALLADINE and his father struggling on the ground together. Other witnesses were called, and the Bench dismissed each of the charges on payment of costs.
Belper News 21 January 1910
The Barmaster for the Manor of Crich has given notice of the forfeiture at the expiration of three weeks of the mine situate at the south-east end of “Hilts Quarry” unless the same is worked, etc.
Belper News 11 February 1910
Agnes STREET, of the Cliffe Inn, Crich, applied for the transfer of the premises from her late husband Joseline (sic) STREET, deceased. The application was granted. [this should be Joshua STREET]
Derbyshire Courier 12 February 1910
The poachers snared the rabbits, sometimes the police bag the poachers. It was the successful enterprise of P.c.’s DOWNING and ROBINSON on the night of January 29 that caused the charge to be heard against three Crich men at Alfreton Petty Sessions on Wednesday. Their names were Ellis BERESFORD, John LEE and Henry BURROWS, all of Crich who were charged with offences against the Poaching Prevention Act. BURROWS was also charged with aiding and abetting. BURROWS alone appeared, remarking that he was led into it. BERESFORD and LEE had been up several times the poaching, and were each fined 20s, with the alternative of one month. BURROWS was fined 10s.
Derbyshire Courier 15 February 1910
A Lamp Explosion
A slight fire occurred at the residence of Mrs HANCOCK, The Common, Crich, on Tuesday night, owing, we are informed to a lamp exploding in the dining room. The family were out at the time, the lamp being turned low, and apparently the wick had dropped into the oil, causing the conflagration. A quantity of valuable furniture was damaged, and the windows were blown out.
Readers will be interested to hear that the oldest voter at the recent election in the Crich district was Mr Walter YATES, Crich Carr, who is in his 92nd year. He expressed his interest to walk off to the polling booth, but had to be conveyed on account of the inclement weather. His two sons, three sons-in-law, four grandson and six grandson-in-law supported Mr Hancock. He has also six grandsons and sons-in-law who supported other liberals.
Mr HANCOCK, MP, stayed on Sunday with Mr and Mrs A. GREENHOUGH, both old aged pensioners. Mr GREENHOUGH is the oldest Primitive Methodist in the village. The Member also visited Mr YATES, who is the oldest trustee of the chapel.
The Derwent Valley at Whatstandwell presented a glorious spectacle on Sunday, the water covering the meadows on both sides of the river, and the main stream being only distinguishable in many places along his course by the drifting matter which the current brought down with it.
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 18 February 1910
A landslip occurred at Crich Cliff, on Monday, when several thousand tons of rock slipped down the cliff into the quarries beneath. The slip, which is thought to have been caused by the recent heavy rains and snows, has been expected for some time, and everyone was well out of danger when it occurred. Crich Stand, which is a famous landmark, and which can be seen for many miles in every direction, is now on the very edge of the cliff, and although it does not appear to be at all damaged or shaken by the slip, it is undoubtedly in a very dangerous position.
Belper News 18 February 1910
DERBYSHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Ernest BOWMER , of Crich, was suspended for a month, and the Crich Committee were ordered to keep J. BOWMER off their ground.
Derbyshire Courier 19 February 1910
A curious fact has come to light in regard to the YATES family, of Crich Carr. When Mr YATES senr., reached the age of 88 years, his daughter was 44. The latter had a daughter who was 22, whilst another member of the family was 11 years of age. This is a most unusual coincidence, and has naturally been much commented upon in the Crich district.
Derbyshire Courier 22 February 1910]
At their peaceful little homestead at Plaistow Green, near Crich, a typical old Derbyshire couple, Mr and Mrs Daniel FOULDS, celebrated their golden wedding on Wednesday of last week. The old couple who are 71 years of age, make a rather proud boast of the fact that they were both born on the same day – 22nd of February. They have been an honest, hard-working couple, and although they have had many ups and downloads in life, throughout they have maintained a smiling, cheery countenance. A framework knitter by trade, Mr FOULDS is one of the oldest representatives of that industry in the district. Even today he can still be seen seated at the old-fashioned hand frame in his quaint little shop. He is one of the oldest veterans in the employ of Messrs John Smedley and Co. Ltd., hosiery manufacturers, and when not engaged at his frame, he can be seen pottering around his little farm at Plaistow Green. They have occupied the small whitewashed cottage they now dwelling for about 15 years. They had a commemorative gathering on Sunday, and all the members of the family that possibly could assembled under the old roof. They have brought up a family of ten, three sons and seven daughters, but only two sons and three daughters are now living. The sons who are fine specimens of Englishmen, have served under the colours. Mr Roger FOULDS, who now holds a position at Leicester as relieving officer, has served in the army for nine years. Mr Matthew FOULDS, the other son, is a police constable in Sheffield, having served in the force for about twelve years. Mr FOULDS has been a member of the Sick Club for 49 years. At the time he joined it was known as the Old Blue Club, and started in opposition to the Old Independent Club, which used to be held and the “Royal Oak.” Mr and Mrs FOULDS were connected with the Baptist Chapel for many years, and regularly attended the Old Baptist Chapel in Roe’s Lane. Mr FOULDS stands well over six feet, and is very broad. Both he and his wife looked hale and hearty. They have had the best wishes and congratulations of the neighbourhood and the employees and friends at Lea Mills made a little collection and handed him the sum of £1. They are both placed on the old age pensioners list.
Derby Daily Telegraph 24 February 1910
George COWLISHAW, quarryman, Coddington, Crich, was summoned for wilfully exposing his child Bertha Wilde who was suffering from scarlet fever on 12 December.
[he had allowed his child to attend Sunday School whilst suffering from scarlet fever and was fined 2s 6d]
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 24 February 1910
On Tuesday evening a gathering of the Crich Territorials was held in the Dutchman Hotel to receive a silver cup which was given by the late Sir James Alfred JACOBY, MP, to the Belper Company, to hand to the smartest and most efficient section: and the Crich members, forming the most recent addition to the battalion, are to be congratulated on obtaining the same. A dinner was provided by hostess Mrs BOWMER, and the rest of the evening was devoted to music.
Derbyshire Courier 26 February 1910
A wedding took place at St Michael’s Church, Crich, last Saturday. The bridegroom was Mr James HOLMES, second son of Mr James HOLMES (Crich), and the bride Miss Florence BOWMER, of Leawood, fourth daughter of the late Mr George BOWMER, who died in South Africa. The bride, who was attired in a grey costume trimmed with white satin and white crinoline hat, was given away by her uncle, Mr John BOWMER, the well-known sportsman of The Cross, Crich. Mr Charles HOLMES, brother, officiated as best man. The bridesmaids were Miss HOLMES (sister) and Mrs E. Bates (Furnace), both of whom were in brown costumes, trimmed with cream.
Derbyshire Courier 26 February 1910
On Monday, the members of the Crich Amateur Athletic and Boxing Club held a boxing tournament in the old clubroom. There was a large attendance and excitement ran high during the various bouts. The four three-round contests, between E.W. HARTLE, and H. WARDLE, J. SHELDON and J.TURNER, F.J.HENSON and W.ELEY, and Peter STREET and H. NEWBOLD, attracted a good deal of interest, and some excellent boxing was witnessed. E.W. HARTLE defeated H. WARDLE, but the other three contests proved a draw in each case. The competition for the silver medal, open to local youths of 18 years of age, and not heavier than 9st 7lb, was won by H. ENGLAND. during the evening skipping and various other exhibitions were given by the members.
Derbyshire Courier 26 February 1910
Alderman WAITE asked whether it was right that seven children at Crich were sent home by a nurse for a week, thought to have scarlet fever, because their hands were rough, and that the parents then said: “You sent them home for a week for your benefit, I will keep them at home for a week for my benefit.” (Laughter.) Dr BARWISE said there had been scarlet fever in the school, and that the action taken by Dr THOMPSON undoubtedly prevented a serious outbreak. Mr S. WRIGHT complained that the children were sent home for a week merely because they had got rough hands through tobogganing and sleighing. The committee were being made ridiculous. The medical officer was instructed to look into the matter.
Derbyshire Courier 26 February 1910
An alarming accident occurred last Thursday, in the Cliff Quarries, belonging to the Clay Cross Company. Owing to the recent unsettled condition of the weather, a large piece of rock was dislodged, and fell for a distance of about eight feet, catching a young man named William HOLMES above the knee, on the right leg causing a severe fracture. He was at once removed home on a stretcher, and Dr MACDONALD was called. HOLMES was afterwards conveyed in a trap to the Derby Royal Infirmary, where an operation took place on Friday night.
At the time of writing, HOLMES is progressing very satisfactory, and his parents and friends are much relieved at the turn of events. HOLMES, who is 24 years of age, is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs George HOLMES , Town End, Crich, and until quite recently was working with his father, who has been removed from the quarry to superintend the coal depot at the entrance to the quarries.
We understand HOLMES and others saw the stone coming, but owing to his position and the speed of its fall, could only partially prevent the disaster, although by his presence of mind and prompt action in throwing back his head and shoulders, he undoubtedly averted what would have been a more serious calamity.
George HASLAM, another local youth who was standing nearby, had a miraculous escape from the falling rock. A quarry man who estimated the weight of the lump of rock at about 15cwt stated that it had been considered dangerous for some time, and was already marked out for blasting. This is the first accident for about a year, the last one being Mr Abraham ENGLAND, who had his leg crushed, and was off work for several weeks.
Occupying a bed in the same ward is William ALLWOOD, eldest son of Mr and Mrs ALLWOOD, Wakebridge, near Crich, who underwent an operation last week for ear trouble. He is now on the road to recovery.
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 11 March 1910
William NORTHRIDGE, labourer, Crich, was charged with drunkenness at Crich on February 25. Police constable WRIGHT stated the facts of the case, and the defendant, who had been previously convicted on two occasions for similar offences was fined 2s 6d and 5s 6d costs.
Derbyshire Courier 12 March 1910
A CRICH CARR WORTHY
Mr Walter YATES, of Crich Carr, who died on Saturday, in his 91st year, always regarded March as a fateful month for him.
He was born in March, and many important events in his life transpired in that month. He frequently declared that he had a presentiment that he would die in March. Quite recently he observed if he could get over his fateful month he would survive the rest of the year, but he passed quietly away during the early hours of Saturday morning.
In March of last year he had a serious breakdown in health, and the misfortune of a broken leg following upon this, his vitality was much diminished. Still, as his photograph reproduced in another column will show, he appeared a robust man, and at the recent general election he expressed his intention of walking to the polling booth at Crich to register his vote for Mr J.G. HANCOCK. But the weather on polling day was too bad to permit of this, and he had to be conveyed. He was always an ardent Liberal.
The deceased gentleman was a native of Middleton, but commenced to live at Crich Carr when he was ten years old. He had many and varied experiences in a lengthy and arduous career. His familiar figure will be greatly missed in the neighbourhood in which he was so highly respected. He was the oldest trustee of the Primitive Methodist Chapel, and owned the old Chapel, which he had converted into a residence for his daughter, Mrs William HILL. The old gentleman was predeceased by his wife 17 years ago. He leaves six daughters, two sons, 53 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren, making a total of 90 direct descendants.
The funeral took place at St Michael’s Church, Crich, on Monday afternoon [there followed a report on the funeral listing hymns and mourners]
Twenty-one grandchildren followed the cortege. A large number of residents in the locality gathered round the graveside.
Derbyshire Courier 19 March 1910
The funeral took place at Crich on Monday of Mr William FROST, youngest son of Mr George FROST, the well-known gardener and Old Wells proprietor. Deceased was in his 37th year, and leaves a family of six children. Mr FROST had been ailing for several years, and only came home just previous to Christmas, after having spent 18 weeks in Derby Royal Infirmary. He passed away quietly at midnight on Saturday.
Mrs Charles LIMB of Crich died on Friday morning. The funeral took place at St Michael’s Church, Crich on Tuesday [there followed a long list of mourners]
Mr Henry BROCKLEHURST, farmer, of Alderwasley, died somewhat suddenly on Sunday morning. He was over 70 years of age, and had been in ill-health for some time.
Derbyshire Courier 5 April 1910
At the Primitive Methodist Church, Crich Carr, on Easter Monday, the wedding of Mr Charles Yates WRAGG, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Leonard WRAGG, and grandson of the late Mr YATES whose photo appeared in our columns several weeks ago, and Miss Alice Edith BUXTON, only daughter of Mr and Mrs BUXTON, of Crich Carr took place.
[there followed a description of the wedding, attire, and music played]
Amongst a large quantity of valuable presents was one from Mr W.BUNTING, USA. Later in the evening the happy pair went to their new home at Longsight, Manchester.
They are both prominent members and workers at the Crich Carr P.M. Chapel, and will be much missed by a large circle of friends.
At St Michael’s Church, Crich, on Easter Monday, Mr Edwin HASLAM, of the firm of mineral water manufacturers, Hucknall-Torkard, was married to Miss Ada FLINT of the Cross, Crich.
[ There followed a description of the church decoration and wedding party attire]
Mr John FLINT, brother of the bride, gave the bride away, while Mr WILLIS officiated as best man. The bridesmaids were Misses Emma and Lizzie FLINT; Misses Nellie HASLAM and Doris GREENHOUGH followed the party, carrying large baskets of flowers.[there followed names and details of attendees]
The happy pair later motored to Derby and caught an express train to London, where the honeymoon is being spent.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 9 April 1910
The wedding took place at Crich of Miss Olive LEE, daughter of Mr and Mrs J.T. LEE, of Victoria House, Crich, to Mr E. CRIPWELL, of Smethwick. The Rev Martyn SIMMONS officiated. The bride was given away by her father, and Mr F. CRIPWELL acted as best man. Miss Ethel GREGORY presided at the organ, the service being fully choral. The happy pair left for Torquay amid many manifestations of goodwill.
Derby Daily Telegraph 11 April 1910
At Crich on Saturday an inquest was held on Thomas COLEMAN , 42, quarryman, of Chadwick Nick, Crich, who received fatal injuries while at work in the Cliff Quarries the previous day. George WRAGG, a quarryman, spoke to a shot having been fired which resulted in a fracture to a piece of rock at the rear of the stone deceased was attempting to dislodge. It was the fall of the stone at the back of the one he was pulling down that caused the accident as it came away it brought deceased with it. He fell about 18 feet and one of the dislodged stones rolled on his head. The Foreman said they regarded the accident as one which could not have been avoided. A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned.
[Note was this Joseph COLEMAN ?]
Derbyshire Courier 16 April 1910
“Sonnie” of Crich, will be missed in the village, in the home, in the quarry, and in the church. The vicar paid some high tributes to the labourer whose task is o’er; and the kindly allusions to commendable characteristics in the late Joseph COLEMAN torched a tender chord in the hearts of many who congregated on Monday in the old churchyard, from which could be seen in close proximity the fateful and historic “stand”. A widow and five children have been left to mourn the loss of the breadwinner. It had already been suggested that there should be some district public movement set on foot to financially aid the bereaved family, and no doubt if such movement were initiated there would be a generous response, for “Sonnie” had good points, which one for him the respect and esteem of his fellowmen. He had been in India and Africa, and his travels and made him tolerant and broadminded. “He was a man!” As the vicar remarked in a sentence of four words, which yet meant all that an Englishman would desire to be said of him after he had “crossed the bar.”
Derbyshire Courier 19 April 1910
[ NOTE the salary was £40 pa]
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 April 1910
Isaac COLEMAN, quarryman, Crich, was charged with being in the unlawful possession of a net purpose of taking game, at Crich, on April 10th.
John BOLLINGTON, also a quarryman, of Crich, was charged with aiding and abetting the defendant .[There followed a report of the arrest]
COLEMAN had been previously convicted 20 times, six of which were for like offences, and there were 26 previous convictions against BOLLINGTON, nine for poaching. They were fined £3 and costs each.
Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press 22 April 1910
WELL-KNOWN HERBALIST’s DEATH
The death took place on Wednesday afternoon of Mr James WILKINSON, of Chapel-Street, who had gained a wide reputation as a herbalist. Mr WILKINSON was a native of Crich, and by trade was a stonemason. In his early manhood he joined the Marines, and for thirteen years served his country, most of his service was in the East, and he visited the Holy Land. On his return to civil life Mr WILKINSON turned a good deal of experience he had gained abroad to good use, and by means of various models, including one of the Temple, which he wrought in wood and other materials, he gave several interesting lectures at bazaars and other functions. For seventeen years he had carried on the business of herbalist in Ripley, having taken over the business carried on by his father previously. Deceased was on business in Chesterfield as late as Saturday last, but had to take to his bed on Sunday, and never rallied yes being due to broncho-pneumonia. He was 65 years of age. The interment taking place on Sunday.
Derbyshire Courier 30 April 1910
In connection with the wedding of Mr W. FANTOM and Miss Elizabeth SULLY, the members of the Fritchley P.M. Choir, of which the bride was a member, were entertained at the home of the bride on Monday.
Derbyshire Courier 3 May 1910
Derbyshire Courier 31 May 1910
We publish today a portrait of Mr Frederick STREET, third son of Mrs and the late Mr Joshua STREET, late of the Cliff Inn, Crich. This young man, who is 25 years of age is booked to sail this week for the Argentine. He has seen three years of service as fireman on the Midland Railway engines stationed at Westhouses, and is going out in company with another fireman named ASTON, are comrades of his on the engines at Westhouses. ASTON has a brother who has been engaged on the Buenos Ayres and Pacific Railway for some considerable time, and through him the two emigrants have secured positions as fireman at a much higher rate of wages than that paid in the Old Country. They also state promotion is quicker and surer, although a fluent knowledge of the Spanish language will be necessary. With the help of the qualified brother, they anticipate no serious drawbacks in this respect. They are both single young men, and were booked to sail yesterday (Friday), from Southampton, on board the R.M.S.P. Company’s liner “Araguata”. They land at Buenos Ayres in three weeks time. Mr STREET is highly respected in the Crich district, and will take with him the best wishes of the neighbourhood.
[Note Frederick returned to serve in the forces over here during WW1 – Frederick STREET]
Belper News 13 May 1910
Once again Crich has a Parish Magazine of its own, after an absence of over a year. In the first reissue the vicar, Rev Martin SIMMONS, pays tribute to Mr John PIGGIN, of Crich, who has been connected with the church for the past 50 years. Mr PIGGIN has recently laid the church path with “chatter” at his own expense “May this generous action,” says the vicar “once and for all nail to the counter that libel in our village which says that Crich will do nothing for nothing.” The vicar then remarks that it can now be left for the Yorkshire man to disprove his own maxim: –
See all, hear all, say now’t;
Tak’ all, sup all, pay now’t;
Do now’t for now’t.
If tha does owt for now’t,
Do it for thissen.
He thanks Mr PIGGIN for mending the pathway and amending a mis-statement.
Derbyshire Courier 14 May 1910
An unusual sensation was created in the little village of Bull Bridge, on Saturday, when it was known that Mr William WALTERS, better known in local circles as “Old Billy Whip,” had met an untimely end on the aqueduct at Bull Bridge, where he spent the greater portion of his life. “Old Billy” was a very familiar figure on the Canal side, and had plied his trade as a boatman on the Canal between Bull Bridge and Cromford for the last 40 years.
[a long report of his life and the inquest followed; Billy died after falling down 13 stone steps, and then suffering a heart attack.]
Read more about this case: VIEW
Belper News 20 May 1910
A HOME FOR CONFERENCES
An important proposal to establish a permanent conference site on the Edge Hill Farm, near Crich, has been set on foot by the Student Christian Movement, which during the past few years, has held annual gatherings in Chatsworth Park. The movement is growing so rapidly, however, that it has been decided to hold three conferences this year, two being of a general character and the other for officials. Altogether it is anticipated that two thousand people will take part in this year’s gathering, which will be held in July. The finding of a suitable place for the annual summer conference has been a matter of anxiety to the committee ever since the movement has grown in size, and the Executive have had before their scheme for a permanent conference site for some time, it being anticipated that if a permanent site was secured for the conference, there would in all probability be a considerable demands for the buildings for a large portion of the year by other societies, as well as the Student Movement. In America there are no less than seven permanent conference sites, so that the idea is not a new one. The work preliminary to the formation of the company is now almost completed and it is anticipated that full details will be published this month. Edge Hill Farm, the site selected, is situated within half a mile of the village of Crich, and two miles north of Ambergate. The property contains 79 acres of land, and an agreement has been entered into which will enable the company to purchase it for £2300. The capital of the company will be £30,000, and this will be expended in erecting hostel buildings, providing a large mess building, with kitchen, accommodation, manager’s bungalow, roads, etc. it is anticipated that the buildings and the estate will be ready for use early in 1911, and that among other conferences, that of the Student Christian Movement will be held there in 1911.
[Note: this did not occur,– a conference centre was constructed at Swanwick, called “The Hays”, and used for the 1911 Christian Conference]
Derbyshire Courier 28 May 1910
Some comments I have received from a correspondent show that the evil prevails to a lamentable extent in Crich. “It is no uncommon thing,” he states, “for one to come across three or four parties engaged in “pitch and toss” or “banker” in the course of a walk through the fields.” I am pleased to hear, however, that in this district the police have commenced a sharp look out for these offenders, and on Sunday they effected a big catch in the Chase Fields leading to Whatstandwell. I do not like to preach, and will certainly be the last to try and force stern Sabbatharia principles of the Puritan type down the throats of people. But if there is one vice more than another that is slowly undermining the character of the young manhood of our Derbyshire villages, it is this Sunday gambling. There are those who are only too ready to criticise the methods adopted by some of the religious leaders to attract the young people. Some unorthodox services have been described as “variety shows,” but it is often the unorthodox Parson who attracts young people and then enchains their interest. It is the churches not the police who are best able to stamp out this gambling evil if they go about the work in the right way.
Derbyshire Courier 31 May 1910 May 1910
Early on Monday, whilst Mr Samuel WOOLLEY, of Crich Carr, was wheeling a barrow up a plank on the Lime Kilns at Ambergate (belonging to the Clay Cross Company), the plank suddenly sprang up, throwing Mr WOOLLEY backwards, a distance of 12 or 13 feet. He received the full force of the fall on his left wrist. Mr William BLACKHAM, who was near, rendered first aid, and Mr WOOLLEY, who was suffering from shock as well as the intense pain from his wrist, was removed in a trap to his home, where Dr RANKIN attended him. On examination it was found that he had severely strained the guiders of his left arm, but after the limb was bathed and put in splints, the pain subsided a little. At the time of writing, Mr WOOLLEY was progressing satisfactorily, although it will prevent him following his occupation for a week or two.
Derby Daily Telegraph 2 June 1910
Frederick BARBER and John HAYES, two labourers, of Crich, were summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Crich on May 12.
Charles Herbert SIMS, Albert BAMBRIDGE, George H. BOLLINGTON, Sam and Tom SULLEY, all of Crich, were summoned for playing “pitch and toss” at Crich on May 22.
Derbyshire Courier 11 June 1910
THE GREYHOUND INN
No objection was raised by Mr George PYM, solicitor, Belper, who represented the owners (Mr J.R. SMITH) to the abolition of this house. Sergeant WYLES, in reply to Dr LINDLEY, stated that the Greyhound had been three times the subject of consideration by the compensation authority. The population of Crich was 3063, and there were seven licensed houses. The last tenant left the Greyhound because he could not make it pay. The Committee confirmed the report of the justices.
Debyshire Courier 18 June 1910
Derbyshire Courier 18 June 1910
The death occurred on Wednesday of Miss Selina BERRESFORD, of The Fields, Crich. Deceased had lived alone for a great many years, but during her illness was removed to the home of her sister, Mrs WHITE, at Shirland, and it was there she died. Deceased was a member of the old Baptist Chapel, in Roe’s Lane, now used as a workshop. The funeral will take place at Crich.
A young lad named James MACE, of Crich Common, whilst playing at “Boy Scouts” on the Tors on Friday, had his head badly cut by a stone thrown by another boy. The lad was removed home in a serious condition, having lost a lot of blood from the wound, but is now almost recovered.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 20 June 1910
Frederick COLLINS, in the employ of the Clay Cross Company, at their Ambergate Lime Works, was killed on Saturday morning. The lift which conveys the stone and coal to the kilns was at work, when COLLINS who was engaged as a labourer, got under it, with the result that his head was terribly smashed. No one saw the accident. James LIMB found the deceased lying face downwards, and Dr RANKIN, of Crich, was summoned and stated that death must have been instantaneous. The body was removed home to await the inquest. Deceased was 52 years of age, and leaves a grown-up family. He had worked for the Clay Cross Company some 20 years.
[Note: Frederick COLLINS was also known as Frederick BERESFORD ; see the following report]
Derby Daily Telegraph 21 June 1910
FATAL ACCIDENT IN A MINE
[a report into the death of Frederick BERESFORD, 52, employed at the Ambergate lime kilns, husband of Ellen. Witnesses were: James LIMB, Samuel SHAW, George LEA, P.c. WYLES]
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”
Derbyshire Courier 25 June 1910
“Why did the man go under the hoist cage?” This is the unsolved problem concerning a mystery of a labourer’s tragic death at Ambergate Lime Works on Saturday. Frederick BERRESFORD, or COLLINS – for he was known by both names – was in the employ of the Clay Cross Company and was engaged as a labourer in connection with a lift or hoist which conveys coal and stone to the lime kilns. About ten o’clock on Saturday morning, the man was discovered lying face downwards under the hoist, his skull being terribly smashed. No one witnessed the tragedy and the only intimation given seemed to have been a groan. Death was instantaneous.BERRESFORD had been in the employ of the company for about twenty years. The deceased leaves a widow and a family of six, two of whom are married, two at work, and two still at school. The widow was witnessing a wedding in the old church opposite her home at the time the sad news arrived and it was a pitiful scene. [there followed a long report of the inquest.]
Derbyshire Courier 2 July 1910
OLDEST MAN IN CRICH
Interesting Story of Mr Edward BOWN
Nestling under the hillside on which stands the peaceful but thriving village of Crich, is a seat, on which, day by day, is to be seen the oldest man of the place, who from this lofty point can calmly survey the wide-spreading district in which his life of nearly 90 years has been spent, and which he knows so well. The traffic of the village passes-by him, and away on the horizon which bounds an unrivalled view of wooded hill and dale, the towers of the old Manor of Wingfield just peep up.
Mr Edward BOWN – for he is the oldest resident of Crich – is a worthy veteran. Our picture in this issue shows him with his daughter on his left, and his grand-daughter on his right, and for a man who will celebrate his 89th birthday on Sunday, he is wonderfully well preserved.
Mr BOWN was born on July 3rd, 1821, at Hognaston, but was quite a lad when he came to the district of Crich, to work for Mr Ralph SMITH, as a malster. This he did for five years, at the malthouse which used to stand on the side of the present Prospect Terrace, and Mr T. ASHTON’s shop. It was a building which, a good many old people still remember, with its long steep flight of stone steps. Like it, another old malthouse has disappeared, or rather has been transformed. It was by the Canal at Bull Bridge, and was owned by Mr Samuel RADFORD, of Fritchley, but now it does duty as a lodging house.
Mr Ralph SMITH, who employed young Edward BOWN, was the last occupant of Wheeldon House, which stood where now is the Baptist Chapel. When Mr SMITH left the place, Mr BOWN was employed by Mr James JEFFREY, who was at that time the manager of the Cliff Quarries of the Clay Cross Company. His first duties were in the quarries, but he was a trusted servant, and for many years he used to travel regularly to the bank at Wirksworth to fetch the money for the payment of wages.
Later on Mr JEFFREY employed him on the farm, and for 21 years he served as general man, farm bailiff, and coachman at the Coast Hill farm until Mr JEFFREY’s death.
Dr DUNN was Mr BOWN’s next employer, at the time he resided where Dr MACDONALD’s fine residence now stands, and also at the beautiful house which Dr DUNN built on “The Tors,” where Mr DUNN has since resided. All the time he was looked upon as a trusted and valued servant.
It was here that he finished his service at the age of 70, after a period of 17 years without a break, which, following upon the period of 21 years with Mr JEFFREY, must be something like a record. The years since that time have been spent with his daughter, Mrs William SHIPLEY, and Miss SHIPLEY.
Now he can look back on a long life usefully spent. For his age, his eyesight is remarkably good, and he reads without the aid of glasses. In his younger days, he remarked in conversation that he had little time for reading, four hours of work were long and wages in the “good old times” were none too great.
His wife was Miss Elizabeth STOCKS, a native of Crich, who he married in 1854, but she passed away 10 years ago, curiously enough in the very house in which she was born. Six of Mr BOWN’s seven children are alive, and are widely scattered in England. He has seventeen grand-children and two great great-grandchildren.
His life has extended over the reins of five monarchs, and like many other of the veterans who are be mentioned in the “Courier” he can tell many an interesting story of the times now long past.
He is the oldest member of the Old Independent Club, and was the first member to join. Mr George STOCK was elected first secretary.
Mr BOWN is an old age pensioner, and the wishes of all who know him, both far and wide, is that he may live long to enjoy it.
Derbyshire Courier 16 July 1910
A correspondent sends us some interesting observations on an ardent bellringer in the person of Mr George BROWN, of Crich. Mr BROWN has been ringing for nearly twenty years and has wrung in practically every church in Derbyshire in addition to many churches in other counties. His first lesson in campanology he received at Shirland, but for over 30 years he has wrung at Crich Church. On Saturday he went with a party of trippers to Great Yarmouth, but the beauties of the seaside town were not so attractive as the bells of that magnificent edifice, St Nicholas Church. This structure is the largest church in England and its porch is large as the smallest church which is situate in Derbyshire. A band of ringers happened to be in the town at the time, and Mr BROWN was an interested spectator whilst they gave a few touches on the bells. To his delight he was invited to take part and, as our corresponded put it, he accepted with a beaming countenance.
Derbyshire Courier 23 July 1910
FOOTBALL IN CRICH
At a meeting held on Tuesday at the Jovial Dutchman Inn, Crich, arrangements were made for the coming season in local football. A large company was present, with Mr D.P. HAWKES in the chair. On the proposition of Mr HAWKES, it was agreed that the name of the Club should be altered from Crich United to Crich Town, subject to the consent of the League. A committee was formed consisting of Messrs D.P. HAWKES (chairman), C. PERRY, W.PERRY, J. BOWMER, W. LEAFE, T. COLLINS, H. STOCKS, John ELSE, J. TULLEY, and A. NASH.
Captain 1st-team Mr Samuel BOWMER; vice-captain Mr Joseph LEAFE.
Captain 2nd team Mr John CURZON; vice-captain Mr Arthur CROWDER.
[this is an edited version of the meeting]
Belper News 29 July 1910
A Crich quarryman named John BOLLINGTON pleaded guilty to refusing to quit the Cliff Inn, Crich, tenanted by Walter Robert CLAYTON, on July 17, and also to damaging a door to the amount of 5s. The landlord stated that about 3 o’clock he asked the defendant to leave his premises twice, and as he refused he had to have him ejected. When outside he kicked the panel of the door out. The Chairman: How long was in the house? Witness: About half an hour. Defendant said he could not remember anything of the affair. (Laughter). He, however was sorry for what he had done. BOLLINGTON, who has been 27 times previously convicted, was fined 10s and costs for the first offence and 5s in the other, he having £1 18s 6d in all to find.
Derbyshire Courier 9 August 1910
A pretty wedding was solemnised at the Parish Church, Crich, on Saturday, when Mr Albert BENSON, late of Huddersfield, and Miss Mary BERRISFORD of the Town End, were the contracting parties. The Rev J. Martin-SYMMONS (vicar) officiated. Mr Robert BERRISFORD was the best man and Mr Henry BERRISFORD (brother) gave the bride away. The bridesmaids were Miss Lucy BERRISFORD (sister of the bride) and Miss Gertie BENSON (niece of the bridegroom). The bride was attired in a cream dress with hat to match. A reception was afterwards held at the home of the bride.
Belper News 12 August 1910
The licence of the Kings Arms, Crich, was transferred from Herbert FRYER to Martha HARRISON.
Belper News 19 August 1910
Complaint was made of the existence of a slaughterhouse at Crich, near the Black Swan Inn. Quite recently there has been slaughtering in the place, and it should be discontinued. Mr BRIDGES said there had been some trouble about cattle being slaughtered at this place before. The inspector replied that about 10 years since there was slaughtering on these premises. Mr BRIDGES asked if the place was recognised at the present time, and whether the Surveyor considered it satisfactory. The Inspector was instructed to take the necessary measures to having the place closed.
OVERCROWDING AT CRICH
The Inspector further reported a case of overcrowding at the house of James COPLEY, at Crich, where there were only two bedrooms in the house was much too small. Notice was directed to be served.
It was notified that the footbridge over the Cromford Canal at Whatstandwell needed repainting. This will cost approximately £9. The work was ordered to be carried out.
Belper News 26 August 1910
George BOLLINGTON, quarryman, Crich, was charged with misconduct, at Crich, on August 6th. P.s, WYLES, who stated the facts, said many complaints had been made to the police about these nuisances. “You can go this time, but don’t do it again,” remarked the Chairman to the defendant in dismissing the case.
John MARTIN and Isaac COLEMAN, Crich labourers, were summoned for violent conduct at that village on August 13. P.s, WYLES spoke to seeing the defendants fighting near the Cliffe Inn, Inn, Coddington Lane, at about 9.30. Both were under the influence of drink. “You were just settling a friendly disturbance and making a row about it.” facetiously remarked the Chairman amidst laughter. MARTIN, who had 15 previous records, was fined 5s and costs, and COLEMAN, who had only one previous conviction, was ordered to pay 2s 6d and costs.
Belper News 26 August 1910
PRESENTATION TO A CRICH “TERRIER”
The Crich Territorials last week made a presentation to one of their late comrades.
The function took place at the Dutchman Inn, Crich, when amongst those present were: Messrs. Donald P HAWKES (in the chair), Thomas SMITH., Charles MASON, Harry BROWN, B. BROCKLEHURST, G. KNOWLES, I. COLEMAN, J. BOWMER. E. STREET, G. SMITH, H. MINKLEY, H. BARBER, J PERRY, and John I. LEE.
On the table along with the present (a cruet and set of carvers), stood the Jacoby Cup, won by the Crich section, who have every reason to feel proud of the fact that they were adjudged by the officers of the company as being the most efficient section of the F. Company, 5th Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters, for the year 1909.
A Bisley shot – Private KNOWLES – was responsible for the toast honouring the King.
Mr D.P. HAWKES, in making the presentation to ex-corporal CLARKE, referred to the loss sustained, not only the Crich section, but by the whole of the F. Company by the retirement of ex-corporal CLARKE, after 21 years service, in which he had earned their esteem and respect. He (Mr HAWKES) was afraid there was scarcely a Territorial in Crich today who could even aspire to hold the long-service medal, such as had been granted to Corporal CLARKE, along with the complimentary letters received on the termination of his service from the officers of the F. Company, who regretted the loss of such an efficient soldier. Had Mr CLARKE seen his way clear to accept the appointment of sergeant, they would have esteemed it an honour to serve under his instruction, – (hear, hear) – because they had invariably found him willing to give the best advice to the raw recruit, as well as to the more hardened campaigners. (Applause.) On behalf of the Crich Section he had great pleasure in handing over the cruet and set of carvers, hoping that along with Mrs CLARKE the recipient might live long enough to enjoy the use of them.
After the company had heartily sung “for he’s a jolly good fellow,” Mr CLARKE, who was visibly affected, replied in feeling terms, speaking of his past connection with the old Volunteers and then with the Territorials. It was a great surprise to him to learn of the intended presentation, but, he said, the feeling was much worse when he realised that he could not continue in the service with them. He found he could not accept the appointment of sergeant and do his duty to his home. His interest in the welfare of the section might pass from the Boy Scouts into the territorial Army. (Applause.)
The Jacoby Cup was then filled and handed round. Songs were sung by Privates COLEMAN and MASON.
A few items respecting ex-corporal CLARKE will be of interest. In his 21 years service he was never absent from camp, so that since joining the G. Company,1st Notts and Derby, in 1889, he has been in 21 consecutive camps.
Corporal CLARKE, when interviewed said that the Yarmouth camp in 1900 was the worst in his experience. It was then that they were mobilised for a fortnight, during the Boer War, and practically the whole of the time the camp was underwater through successive thunderstorms. Tents were blown down, bedding and clothing being saturated.
Next to Yarmouth the Blackpool camp was the vilest. It rained the whole of the six days.
When Corporal CLARKE joined the Volunteers in 1889 he shot off for the recruit’s prize with Mr Walter and Mr Bernard GLOSSOP, of Ambergate, and the result was a tie. On the following Saturday, when they shot off, Mr Bernard GLOSSOP was the winner, Mr CLARKE the second, and Mr Walter GLOSSOP third. Only two other local men joined the same year, and they were Mr George SMITH and Mr Edward SWIFT, both, however, retiring at the end of the three years service.
In addition to never being off parade in camp Corporal CLARKE prides himself that he was never out after the “Last post” had been sounded, and he was never in the whole of his 21 years service put in the orderly room.
Derbyshire Courier 24 September 1910
Courier Annie PORTER, Crich, you are duly enrolled. Your short letter was very quaintly expressed, and reminded me of the good old English once spoken in this land, which writers of Queen Elizabeth’s time have preserved to us. Some of our country folk speak very pure Saxon indeed. I know a very old lady who speaks just like a character out of Shakespeare. Not long ago I hadn’t time to stay to tea, and she said “Pray you now, stop.” Exactly as I heard the very same words spoken on the stage.
[Note: at this time this newspaper had a club entitled : "The Children’s Courier Company: A Guild of Courtesy and Kindness”. see photograph in 8 October edition]
Derbyshire Courier 8 October 1910
The Children’s Courier Company:
A Guild of Courtesy and Kindness
The photo shows James CURZON, Lizzie BONNINGTON, Ernest WALTERS, Ada ENGLAND, Willis WALTER, Annie PORTER, Jack ROLLINSON
Derbyshire Courier 8 October 1910
“I have missed half a ton altogether, and they have been disappearing for three months!” remarked Thomas BOWMER, farmer, Fritchley, at Belper Petty Sessions on Thursday, when for youths, named Arthur CAULDWELL (aged 16), John CAULDWELL (14), Frederick ELSE (14), and W STORER (14), all of Crich, were charged with stealing growing swede turnips, value 3d, the property of BOWMER, on September 30th. Prosecutor did not wish to press the case. STORER, who pleaded not guilty, was discharged with a caution. The others were ordered to pay 5s costs without convictions being recorded against them.
Belper News 21 October 1910
Walter Robert CLAYTON, of the Cliffe Inn, Crich, was charged with being asleep when in charge of a horse and trap at Crich on October 4th. P.c. WRIGHT said that he had noticed the defendant at the top of Coddington Lane, Crich. It was about midnight. Witness spoke to the defendant just before reaching a dangerous corner. The defendant said he’d been hard at work all day. A nominal fine of 1s and costs was imposed.
Derby Daily Telegraph 10 November 1910
A serious accident occurred at Crich this (Thursday) morning. William MARTIN (60), a labourer employed by Mr SIMS, stone merchant, of Crich, was lifting some large stones at the quarry when two fell from the stack onto his right foot, which was fractured. The victim was admitted to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, where it was found necessary to amputate several toes.
[A later report in the Derbyshire Courier dated 19 November 1910 mentioned fellow workmen went to his aid as John BUTLAND, Samuel FLINT, William DRAKE also Mr H.S. DAWES, stationmaster, and Ganger FERN both of whom were ambulance men who rendered first aid. It also stated his foot was amputated.]
Derby Daily Telegraph 7 November 1910
Wanted organist and choir master for Crich Parish Church: salary £15 per annum. For further information apply vicar, Crich, Matlock, on or before November 22nd.
Derbyshire Courier 3 December 1910
Derbyshire Courier 6 December 1910
HUGE LANDSLIP AT CRICH
A startling sound, not unlike a loud crash of thunder, followed by a long reverberating roar, brought the villagers in the Crich district to their doors in a state of great alarm on Wednesday evening. The first terrifying sound was heard at 7.30, and this was followed by a succession of rumbling noises. It was soon ascertained that Crich Cliff, a portion of the quarry property owned by the Clay Cross Co. Ltd. was on the move, and that a tremendous fall of rock had occurred. After the disturbance had subsided, an investigation was made by Mr HUDDLESTONE (manager), and Mr James WRAGG (Foreman) who, with the aid of lanterns, entered the quarry worked by Messrs Joseph HARDSTONE and Jess HEAPY, and found that the massive cliffside had crashed to the bottom of the workings. It is roughly estimated that 100,000 tons of rock and earth have been dislodged as a result of the subsidence. Many of the alarmed inhabitants interpreted the terrifying noises to mean that the Crich stand had fallen at last. But the quarry in which the landslip occurred is some distance from the bed which forms the foundation of the Stand, and the rock fell in another direction – towards Holloway, on the north side of the cliffs. The sound of the fall was heard at Ambergate, Whatstandwell, and Holloway, and all the surrounding villages. The breaking of the rock for the face of the cliff sounded in the distance like a series of loud pistol shots.
It appears that just before the fall occurred some pedestrians walking up the cliffside. They were warned by some ominous sounds overhead, and hastened to the top out of the danger zone just in time to escape the terrible avalanche. An old resident states that such a terrifying sound has not been heard in the neighbourhood since the great landslip of over two decades ago. The fall had been anticipated by the quarrymen, who had removed their tools to a place of safety. The rock which is on a clay bed, had been on the move for over a week. A huge crevice had been caused, extending as far as the stand, which is now expected to collapse at any moment.
Belper News 30 December 1910
CURIOUS DISCOVERY IN CRICH CHURCH
At the Holly Bush, Makeney, there used to be exhibited a small portion of a carved alabaster, which was taken from the head of an old coffin discovered during some excavations in the old Parish Church of Crich. From the same coffin were taken a gun and sword, presumably indicating the coffin of a soldier. The plate was unfortunately illegible nor could the vicar trace any record of the burial of the supposed warrior in the parish registers.
The Courier 31 December 1910
In the Shadow of Crich Stand
A Remarkable Group of “Old Standards”
Veterans of the Limestone
“If t’ Cliff were bread,
And t’ Stand were cheese,
Wid niver work no more.”
These words are attributed to one of the veterans shown on a remarkable old photograph which we reproduce today. The photograph is remarkable by the fact that out of the six men depicted, five have died in the order they stand, reading from the left. The last man, James COWLISHAW, is the only survivor today.
The photograph was taken under the shadow of the towering cliffs as will be seen by the gigantic rock under which they stand. These men horny-handed sons of toil as they are, seem part and parcel of the great mass of rock, which they have spent a lifetime in hewing , blasting, and loading, to be converted into lime by the rolling kilns at Ambergate later on.
They started their career in the old quarries known as “Jefferies,” which have been used for shooting purposes of recent years, and which are connected by a tunnel under the roadway between the Cross and the Church. On these quarries being worked out they migrated to the Cliff, on that concern being taken over by the Clay Cross Co. Ltd.
From lads they grew into men and at an age when most men today think of retiring they were busy pounding away at the masses of limestone which, as reported in our columns recently, is subject to slips and landslides, placing workmen who follow this arduous occupation in daily and hourly peril of their lives.
An Old Sport
Dealing with a picture our first subject is the late Mr John COLEMAN, a man who was always to be met on the playing fields in the locality, and an ardent admirer of the summer pastime. After long service in the quarries he died in July 1899 at the age of 74 years. His occupation is followed by several sons and grandsons, and one son, the late Mr Joseph COLEMAN, who served in the South African War, was accidentally killed by a fall of rock as reported in our columns of April 16, 1910.
Then comes Mr Jas. WRAGG, who lived to the age of 67, and died on 9 March 1896. Mr WRAGG, whose parents were natives of Sheffield, was carried to Crich on his father’s back when quite a lad. He has bought up a big family, his eldest son at the present time being the foreman and the quarries at which his father spent so many years.
Mr Thomas CURSON, the third figure for the left, died a few years ago. He was a stalwart veteran of the Clay Cross Co. Ltd. but although he left two sons, neither of them has fancied their father's occupation. A quiet plodder, he was one of the company’s finest assets.
Mr John HARRISON, the fourth in order, worked in the quarries for a good number of years, until old age stopped his activities. A prominent member and leader at the Mount Tabor Chapel, Crich, he was known and respected by a large circle of friends. One of his sons, Mr William HARRISON, of the Town End, Crich, now occupies at the chapel, the position his father held for many years. Mr HARRISON lived to the age of 78 years, the date of his death being May 23rd 1908.
A Record of 54 Years
Mr William ROE was a veteran of extra-ordinary service. Working up from a lad Mr ROE attained the position of foreman, which office he held for about 20 years. After working for 64 years under the Company, Mr ROE retired, being the first working man in the Company’s employ Crich to be pensioned off by the Company, at the age of 77 years.
Mr ROE and Mr Thomas HARDSTONE were two men who were likened to David and Jonathan, and whose opinions were highly valued on all the current topics of the day. Mr ROE died April 10, 1909, at the age of 81 years.
The one survivor, Mr James COWLISHAW, does not hold quite so long record of service “in stone” as the previous five veterans, for he was employed previously as gamekeeper on the Nightingale Estate at Lea Hurst, for many years.
Our photograph shows him in typical gamekeepers dress, in which he was a familiar figure on the Lea Wood Tunnel for many years. Mr COWLISAW was not actually employed other quarries at the time the picture was taken, hence the reason for his gamekeepers address. Later, however, he was induced to take up work at the Cliff. He is now retired, and the fact that both he and his wife are receiving the Old-Age Pensions and are living comfortably in their old age, proved that they have lived over the allotted span.
The picture, a very old one, has only recently been brought to light. It has been carefully copied, and we believe will be seen by the majority of our readers for the first time.