News Snippets for 1920

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1920.

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. The list is of transcribed names, there are other names in the images.

ALLEN COLLEDGE HAYES MARTIN SOWTER
ALLSOP COOK HAYWOOD MASON STANLEY
BAINBRIDGE COWLISHAW HEAPPEY MASSEY STEELE
BARBER CURZON HEATHCOTE MERCER STEER
BARKER DAWES HOLLAND MERCHANT SWINDELL
BERRISFORD DEACON HOLMES MORGAN TAYLOR
BLOUNT DIXON HOPKINSON NEEDHAM THORPE
BOOTH EARNSHAW HOUSLEY NORTHRIDGE TOMLINSON
BOWER ELSE HURT OLIVENT WALKER
BOWMER EMANS JACKSON PAYNE WATKINS
BRADLEY FARNSWORTH JARVIS PERRY WILLIAMS
BRIDDON FLINT KNEEBONE PICKARD WILSON
BROWN FOX KNOWLES PORTER WILTON
BRUMWELL FROST LESTER RADFORD WOODIWISS
BUNTING GLOSSOP LITCHFIELD RANKIN WORTHY
BURNS GRATTON LOCK SAXTON WRAGG
BYARD GRENHOUGH LUDLAM SEALS WYLES
CAULDWELL HARRISON LYNAM SELF  
CHECKLEY HARTLE MACDONALD SIMS  
COLEMAN HASLAM MARRIOTT SMITH  

In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches; also some transcriptions have had minor edits.

Many of the newspaper reports of weddings at the time contained full details of clothing, bestman, bridesmaids, congregation and a list of presents received. Only the basic marriage details have been transcribed. Similarly funeral reports often gave long lists of mourners and floral tributes received. Refer to the original newspapers, which can be found on the Find My Past website, if the additional information is of interest.

1920 newspapers

Belper News 2 January 1920
Charges were made in respect of defendants riding cycles without rear lights. Harry HARRISON, of the Rising Sun Inn, 7/- and costs.

Belper News 9 January 1920
The death took place at Fritchley recently of an old inhabitant in the person of Mrs LYNAM, of the Post Office. Deceased had been ill for some time. Sympathy is felt for her husband, Mr James LYNAM and the family.

Belper News 9 January 1920
Mr Joseph BOWMER, of Coddington, Whatstandwell, who had been ailing for the past two years and had undergone two operations in the meantime, passed away on Christmas Eve, and was laid to rest the following Saturday at the Crich Parish Church. He was born near the Cross, Crich, 58 years ago.
[there followed a report of the funeral with mourners named]

Derbyshire Courier 10 January 1920
Mr STANLEY, a former police officer of Crich, died at Belper last week. He was stationed at Crich for several years and took an active part in starting the Reading Room.

Derbyshire Courier 10 January 1920
Mr F.J. LYNAM presided at a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday, when correspondence relating to the installation of a telephone service at Fritchley was read, and it was stated that it was not possible at present to grant further facilities for rural lines. The clerk (Mr W. GLOSSOP) said he had communicated with the Electric Supply Company with a view to obtaining a supply for Crich. It was reported that the War Office was sending a German field gun and carriage to Crich and the Market Place was suggested as a suitable site for the trophy. In a discussion over the proposed new road from Ambergate station to Crich, the council expressed themselves as hopeful that the improvement would be effected. The question of the fire brigade again came up, and it was decided to obtain the opinion of the clerk to the Joint Water Board as to the right to use the Board’s water.

Derbyshire Times 17 January 1920
Crich experienced the full force of the gale. The wind blew with terrific violence, and it was accompanied by heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightning. On the following Monday morning workmen were engaged in replacing slates, etc, on the roofs of many of the houses in the district.

Derbyshire Courier 17 January 1920
HOMES WANTED FOR CRICH CHILDREN
A special meeting of the Belper Area War Pensions Committee was held last Friday for the purpose of electing a special subcommittee for the administration of the new scheme for the care of the orphans of men who have fallen in the war and also for those children whose mothers are dead, or who for any other reason are suffering from neglect or want of proper care. Mrs E. MASON, of Crich, and Mr C.A.J. EARNSHAW, of Whatstandwell, secretary of the Crich branch of the Federation of Discharged and Immobilised Sailors and Soldiers, were elected to represent Crich district.
The scheme has been brought into being not only to render immediate care and protection to children, but to lay a proper foundation (religious and educational) on which they can build during their youthful years. In order that he may succeed the wholehearted sympathy of the general public, more especially the womenfolk, is required.
Suitable homes will be selected and children will be placed in families belonging to their own religious denomination. Brothers and sisters will, as far as possible, be kept together. Weekly allowances will be paid for each child maintenance together with grants for clothing, boots, medical attention, etc. Any Crich district families who feel able to undertake the responsibility of caring for these children and orphans are invited to communicate with Mr. EARNSHAW, 2, Derwent Villus, Whatstandwell.

Derby Daily Telegraph 21 January 1920
[a detailed inquest into the death of Samuel BARKER, aged 72 of Wakebridge, Crich. Evidence given by his daughter Miss ElizabethBARKER]

Derbyshire Times 24 January 1920
We are informed that electricity will be supplied to Crich in the near future .

Derbyshire Times 24 January 1920
The death took place at Wakebridge, Crich, on Sunday, of Mr Samuel BARBER, an old Crich resident, who was born at Lea over 70 years ago.

Derbyshire Courier 24 January 1920
After an eight months illness Mrs Sarah DIXON, wife of Mr Robert DIXON, of Ambergrove, Crich, passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 59 years. She was born at Ambergrove and had lived there the whole of her life. The funeral took place at the Parish Churchyard Crich yesterday (Friday).

Derbyshire Times 24 January 1920
The Comrades of the Great War (Crich branch) held a general meeting in the Parish Room, Crich on Friday last week.
[there followed a report of the meeting]
With reference to the club which the Comrades hope to establish in Crich, it was stated that the deposit had been paid for the ground site. The buying and transport of the Army hut was in the hands of Messrs SMITH, contractors, Crich, and the building and laying out of the ground were entrusted to Mr PAYNE, contractor, Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 24 January 1920
Evidence of the far-reaching usefulness of the “Courier” has been given to our correspondence by a Crich reader. During the early part of last year Private Arthur CHAPMAN, of the 2nd North Staffs, was reported as killed in action in India and the casualty was announced in the “Courier” in May. Lance Corporal Hugh MASSEY, of Crich, a chum, wrote to friends in Crich, asking for information about the near relatives of his former comrade, and forwarded a photograph of Private CHAPMAN’s grave. The “Courier” report was found as the cutting was sent to Lance Corporal MASSEY. As a result he has been able to communicate with his friend’s mother, whose home is at Queen Street, Tideswell. Private CHAPMAN fell in action on the Afghanistan frontier, and was buried just behind the lines.

[See the WW1 Roll record for Hugh MASSEY]

Derbyshire Times 24 January 1920
Mr Samuel BOWER , of Grove House, Crich, on Thursday last week unveiled a memorial tablet at the accountants offices M.R., Derby, to those of that department who served in the Great War, photographs of those who fell being enclosed in a wreath of laurels.
[M.R. was the Midland Railway]

Derbyshire Times 31 January 1920
Capt S. E. BOWER, second son of Mr and Mrs Samuel BOWER, Grove House, Crich, has just been demobilised, but retains the rank of captain. He enlisted early in the war and was badly gassed. Previous to joining the army he was on the clerical staff, accountants department, M.R. Derby, of which his father was chief.

[See the WW1 Roll record for Samuel Edwin BOWER]

Derbyshire Times 31 January 1920
Mrs Dora STEER, wife of Mr George STEER, of Fritchley, died rather suddenly on Saturday. Deceased went to Derby on the previous Friday to see her husband, who had undergone an operation in the Royal Infirmary, and on the following Saturday, although not feeling well, attended to her business as usual. Mrs STEER was a native of Fritchley, and nearly 39 years of age

Derbyshire Times 31 January 1920
The marriage took place on Saturday at the Crich Parish Church of Mr Samuel Lawrence HOLMES, second son of Mr and Mrs William HOLMES, Town End, Crich, and Miss Annie LUDLAM, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Hy. LUDLAM, Cliffside, Crich.
[there followed a brief report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Courier 7 February 1920
The Rev Richard Ord WILSON, M.A., Vicar of Crich, was married at St Augustine’s Church, New Basford, on Monday to Miss Dorothy Mary WILLATT, of Sherwood Rise, Nottingham. Owing to the bride’s recent bereavement, the death of her mother, the ceremony was of a quiet nature. The bride had been an enthusiastic worker for the Colonial and Continental Church Society in the Nottingham district. A parochial welcome to the Vicar and Mrs WILSON is arranged for Shrove Tuesday. The Rev R.O. WILSON took over the living of Crich about a year ago.

Derbyshire Times 7 February 1920
For for some time past a rumour has been in circulation that the old malthouse at Bull Bridge was likely to be converted into a hosiery factory by a Belper firm. On inquiry, this is stated to be doubtful.

Derbyshire Times 7 February 1920
Excellent opportunities for self-improvement are given to the boys and girls of Crich at the parochial night school, which was inaugurated for the benefit of those who go to work. At a recent visit by a member of the Higher Education Committee the pupils were found to be making gratifying progress under the supervision of Mr J. HAYWOOD, headmaster.

Derbyshire Courier 21 February 1920
At a meeting of managers of the Church of England School, Crich, on Saturday, Miss M. ELSE, daughter of Mr C.J. ELSE, of Park Lodge, Fritchley, was appointed certificated teacher to succeed Miss WOODIWISS, subject to the approval of the Derbyshire Education Committee.

Derbyshire Courier 21 February 1920
Harry ALLSOP, of Woodside, Wakebridge, whilst playing football on the Tors on Monday, fractured his collarbone and dislocated his left arm at the elbow. His injuries were attended to by the doctors MACDONALD and RANKIN, of Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 21 February 1920
At the Parish Church, on Saturday the wedding was solemnised of Mr Matthew JACKSON, of Wingfield Park, and Miss Harriet SELF, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Stephen SELF, of Robin Hood, Whatstandwell.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 28 February 1920
Mr Henry LOCK, of the Lord Nelson Hotel, Bull Bridge, passed away on Monday, having only taken to his bed the previous Saturday, his death was due to acute pneumonia. He leaves a widow and two grown-up daughters. Mr LOCK, who was 57 years of age, has been proprietor of the Lord Nelson for many years, succeeding his father in the business.

Derbyshire Times 28 February 1920
The funeral took place as the Crich Parish Church on Saturday of Mr Charles GREENHOUGH, of Crich Carr, who passed away on the previous Wednesday. The deceased would have be 81 years of age on April 2 next. He had resided in the house in which he was born for 76 years, when he removed to live with his sister, Mrs Maria MERCHANT, about four years ago. He worked on the Midland Railway at Whatstandwell, and retired eleven years ago.

Derbyshire Times 28 February 1920
People going to their daily work at Lea Mills from Crich, Fritchley and district, and more especially the girls and young women, have had a very trying time of it recently during the heavy fall of snow, which made the footpath from the Crich vicarage to the “Cliff Inn” almost impossible to use. The ratepayers expect the Parish Council should see to matters of this kind. In the event of another fall of snow it is hoped that provision will be made for the footpaths to be passable.

Derbyshire Times 28 February 1920
Regret was generally expressed in Crich on Monday when it became known that Mr Albert SIMS a member of an old Crich family, was accidentally killed that morning at Derby, where he and his family have been living for some time. Mr SIMS, who was in the employ of Messrs Ford and Weston, contractors, Derby, fell from scaffolding breaking his neck. He was the youngest son of the late Mr Anthony SIMS, of the Whatstandwell quarries, and was about 50 years of age. He leaves a wife and family.

Derbyshire Times 28 February 1920
Mr John DAWES, of Mount Cottage, a grandson of the late Mr John DAWES, left Crich on Friday for Liverpool to embark on the “Scandinavian” which set sail for Canada on Tuesday. Mr DAWES, who was employed at the Ambergate Wire Works, goes out to join his brother-in-law and sister, Mr and Mrs W.E. HARTLE, of Gillespie, Saskatchewan. For a year Mr DAWES served in the Notts and Derby Regiment in the war. A hearty sendoff was accorded to him presents been given by Mrs P. TAYLOR’s dancing class, Mr and Mrs GRATTON, Mr and Mrs WALKER, the Misses M. and W. BROWN. Mr DAWES intends to take up farming.

Derbyshire Courier 6 March 1920
John LITCHFIELD, of Crich, employed as a shunter on the Midland Railway at Ambergate, was at Belper on Thursday of last week fined 10s in each instance respecting the irregular attendances of two children at school. It was stated that the defendant ignored the warnings of the Education Committee, who desired that the Bench should impose a fine as a warning.

Derbyshire Times 6 March 1920
Mr John WRAGG, news vendor, of Crich, who has not been well for some time, has had to go to the Derby Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Derbyshire Courier 20 March 1920
Mrs Deacon of Chase Cliffe, has had in hand the compiling of a complete list of names of the Crich men who gave their lives in the war. The names have been inscribed on a marble tablet for erection in the Parish Church. Sixty-two names are recorded and the Bishop of Derby is to unveil and dedicate the Roll of Honour on Sunday. A confirmation service is to follow

Derbyshire Times 27 March 1920
Mr James LESTER, of the Market Place, Crich, recently underwent an operation at the Derby Royal Infirmary, and is now well on the road to recovery.

Derbyshire Times 27 March 1920
Through the munificence of Mr and Mrs Maurice DEACON, Chase Cliffe, a handsome tablet has been erected in the Parish Church. The memorial recording the names and rank of sixty-two sailors and soldiers from the parish “gone west” was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday by the Bishop of Derby.
[there followed a long report of the installation ceremony]
The tablet executed in grey and white marble by Mr FOX, of Messrs Berresford, chastely records the following names:
[there followed a list of all the names on the memorial]

[Click the link to view the Memorial Plaque]

Ripley and Heanor 12 March1920

advert from 1920 teeth extraction

Derbyshire Courier 3 April 1920
At Crich Parish Church on Sunday the unusual experience of having to lady bellringers, both expert in the art of campanology, was enjoyed. The ladies are visitors to Eden Bank, Whatstandwell.

Derbyshire Courier 3 April 1920
A Crich octogenarian, Mr Philip KNEEBONE, of Wesleyan Chapel Lane, passed away on Friday. The deceased, who was 86, was born in Crich and lived in the village all his life. When the hosiery industry was at its height Mr KNEEBONE was one of the framework knitters, few of whom survive. Mr KNEEBONE afterwords entered the service of the Midland Railway Company as a timber measurer, and travelled in various parts of the country on these duties. He was actively associated with the old Crich Flower Show Committee, and was a particularly successful exhibitor. The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Monday.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 3 April 1920
Mr George HASLAM, of the Town End, Crich, youngest son of the late Mr F. HASLAM, was married at Ashover on Monday to Miss Ruth TOWNDROW, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Matthew TOWNDROW, of Coldharbour, Ashover. The bridegroom who is a prominent playing member of the Crich Silver Prize Band, served with the South Wales Borderers in the wall, and was with the Rhine occupation army.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

[See the WW1 Roll record for George HASLAM]

Derbyshire Courier 3 April 1920
The wedding was solemnised at the Parish Church, Crich, on Saturday, of Mr James WILSON, eldest son of Mr and Mrs WILSON, the Hat Factory, Fritchley, and Miss Annie E. STANLEY, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Malcolm STANLEY, of the Hat Factory.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 10 April 1920
Mr John NORTHRIDGE, who died on the 30th ult, at the the age of 82, was laid to rest in the Crich Parish Churchyard on Good Friday. The Rev J. WILLIAMS (curate) officiated. Deceased was a native of Crich as was his wife who predeceased him some years ago, and who is also buried at Crich.

Derbyshire Times 10 April 1920
The death took place at Sheffield on the first inst, of Mrs Elizabeth PICKARD, at the age of 64. She was a native of Fritchley. The body was conveyed by motor from Sheffield and was interred at Crich Parish Church on Tuesday.
[there followed names of mourners]

Derbyshire Courier 10 April 1920
The wedding took place on Saturday at the Parish Church Crich, of Miss May LUDLAM, second daughter of Mr and Mrs John LUDLAM, of Mill Green, Fritchley, and Mr Harry WAINWRIGHT, second son of Mr and Mrs David WAINWRIGHT, of Nether Heage.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Courier 17 April 1920
H. BLOUNT, captain of Crich, was suspended until the end of next season, 1920–1921, for making disparaging remarks against the referee as the presentation of the cup and medals at Matlock on Good Friday. BLOUNT now expressed regret for his conduct.

Derbyshire Courier 17 April 1920
The wedding took place quietly at the Parish Church, Crich, on Monday, of Mr Robert CLAYTON, of Holloway, and Mrs SIMS, of Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell, widow of the late Mr John SIMS , of Coddington Hall.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 23 April 1920
Mary Hannah BYARD, Rock Terrace, Crich, summoned Annie BRIDDON, Rock Terrace, Crich, for assault. The trouble arose over a quarrel between two children, and in dismissing the case on payment of costs the Bench advised the parties to “shake hands and make it up.”

Derbyshire Times 24 April 1920
The funeral took place on Saturday at the Crich Parish Church of Mr George MARRIOTT, of Fritchley, aged 84, who died on the previous Monday. He was born at Betsoe, Beds, in 1835. Deceased had lived at Fritchley 47 years, and celebrated his golden wedding there nine years ago. He leaves a widow, and was the father of 12 children, five of whom are living. Mr MARRIOTT took a great interest in gardening and was pronounced Liberal in politics. The body was taken to the Congregational Church, Fritchley, where a service was conducted by the Rev Richard DALBY.
[There followed a report of the funeral and mourners]

Derbyshire Courier 1 May 1920
A unique interest was attached to a wedding at the Wesleyan Church, Crich, on Saturday, as it was the first marriage to be solemnised at the chapel since his erection in 1765. John WESLEY preached there. The parties to the union were Mr Percy COLEMAN, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Aaron COLEMAN, of The Cross, and Miss Dorothy Idalla MORGAN, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Frederick MORGAN, of Park Head. The bridegroom is Crich Town Football Club’s left full-back.

Derbyshire Courier 1 May 1920
At a meeting of the committee of the Crich branch of the Comrades of the Great War on Monday, it was decided to send a letter to Mr J.G. HANCOCK, M.P., strongly condemning any proposal to alter the present scheme for the designs of gravestones in the British cemeteries abroad, contending that as equality had marked the sacrifice, so it should distinguish the memorial.

Derbyshire Courier 1 May 1920
The last of Crich’s soldiers to be demobilised arrived home on Thursday of last week. Cpl George HOUSLEY, of Alma House, Wheatcroft, who was away from home nearly 2 ½ years without leave, has been serving with the R.A.M.C. , first in Salonica, and latterly in Turkey.

[see the Crich WW1 Roll record for George HOUSLEY]

Derbyshire Courier 1 May 1920
At the Parish Church, Crich, on Saturday, the wedding of Mr Percy STANLEY, son of Mr Malcolm STANLEY, the Hat Factory, Fritchley, to Miss Florence HOLMES, daughter of Mr and Mrs William HOLMES, of Fold Yard, Crich, was quietly solemnised. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Samuel HOLMES.

Belper News 14 May 1920
The marriage took place the other day at the Crich Parish Church, of Miss Myra HAYES, third daughter of Mr and Mrs John HAYES, Rock Terrace, Crich, and Mr Albert WILLIAMS, third son of Mr and Mrs George WILLIAMS of Ripley.
[there followed a report of the wedding]
The bridegroom served four and a half years in the R.F.A. and won the Military Medal.

[see the Crich WW1 Roll for Albert WILLIAMS]

Derbyshire Times 22 May 1920
William LYNAM, Moorwood Farm, Crich, who did not appear, was charged at Belper on Thursday with assaulting his wife, Sarah Ann, on May 4 both being over 70 years of age. Mr TERRY, appearing for complainant, stated that for 20 years the husband had contributed nothing towards the home, leaving all maintenance to the wife, who had a little money as tenant of a smallholding. Defendant had moreover disposed of implements for drink. He had only been a disreputable lodger, frequently assaulting wife and daughter, both of whom corroborated this statement. Defendant was fined £5 or one month for aggravated assault.

Derbyshire Courier 22 May 1920
Mr Samuel TAYLOR, of the Common, met with an accident whilst playing cricket with the Crich team at Ashover last Saturday. He was attempting a catch and the ball hit him under the right eye , cutting a deep gash in his cheek. After having his injuries attended to he pluckily returned to the field. Dr RANKIN, of Crich, afterwards dressed the injuries.

Derbyshire Courier 5 June 1920
The wedding took place at Crich Parish Church, on Thursday of Mr Arthur WILKINSON, of Hazlewood, Belper, and Miss Emily HOLMES, of Wheatcroft, Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 12 June 1920
Since John Wesley’s visit to the old Wesleyan Church at Crich in 1766, only two marriages have been solemnised in that place of worship. The second took place on Thursday, the happy couple being Mr William FLINT, only son of Mr Charles FLINT , of Ashover and Miss Ada COLLEGE, youngest daughter of Mrs. S. COLLEDGE, of Crich Carr. The bride has been a member of the Wesleyan Church choir and was a teacher for a number of years.
[there followed a full report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Courier 26 June1920
At Crich Parish Church, on Saturday, the wedding took place of Mr William COOKE, Hill Crest, the Common, for son of Mr and Mrs George COOKE and Miss Lucy SMITH, second daughter of the late Mr J. SMITH and Mrs S. FOX, of Park View, Fritchley. The bride has been an active worker in connection with the Congregational Church and School. During the war the bridegroom served with the R.F.A.
[ There followed a report of the wedding]

[ see the Crich WW1 Roll for William COOKE]

Derbyshire Courier 26 June1920
Mrs Annie C. RADFORD, wife of Mr John RADFORD, of Hollins Farm, Crich, died suddenly on Saturday. The deceased was 66 years of age, was the only daughter of the late Mr George BATES, formerly of the Limes, Bull Bridge and manager of the lime works for the Butterly Company. In her childhood, Mrs RADFORD lived in Holland with her father, who was supervising construction work there for the Butterly Company. For many years Mr and Mrs RADFORD lived at Dial Farm, Crich Common, and recently the Manor Farm, Dethick . The interment took place at the Churchyard, Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 10 July 1920
Mr Walter GLOSSOP, clerk to the Crich Parish Council, is one of the competitors at the Bisley rifle meeting. A member of the Matlock Company of the Territorials, Mr GLOSSOP has competed at Bisley for many years, and has met with a fair amount of success.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 12 July 1920
Forty men were summoned from the Crich district for absenting themselves from the employment of the Clay Cross Company. The men had resumed work, and the charges were allowed to be withdrawn on payment of 4s costs each or £7 16s in all.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 16 July 1920
Sale of Hurt estate properties

1920 sale of the Hurt Estate

Belper News 16 July 1920
Mr Ernest MASON, of Crich Carr, who was returning home the other evening, was knocked off his bicycle at Buckland Hollow by another cyclist running into him. Mr MASON was severely cut on the legs and arm, and his musical instrument which he was carrying at the time, was damaged. The other cyclist rode away without stopping to make enquiries.

Derbyshire Times 24 July 1920
Mr Aaron COLEMAN, who lives near the Cross, and Mr William H. MARTIN, of Sandy Lane, were knocked down on the steep road near the Mount Tabor Chapel, Crich on Saturday evening, by a cyclist. Mr COLEMAN was severely cut on the face and forehead, and one of his arms is badly bruised. Mr MARTIN received a nasty cut on the forehead, and is otherwise injured. Both are married men and are employed by the Clay Cross company, at their Crich quarries.

Derbyshire Times 24 July 1920
The marriage took place on Saturday at the Crich Parish Church of Miss Ada Frances LOCK, eldest daughter of Mrs LOCK, of the Lord Nelson Hotel, Bull Bridge, and Mr Tom OLIVENT of Wingfield Park.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 31 July 1920
The newly formed Crich and District Pig Insurance Club, of which Mr L.A. JARVIS is president, has given an impetus to the Crich inhabitants to repair and bring into practical use their disused pig sties, of which there are many.

Derbyshire Times 31 July 1920
Mr Walter GLOSSOP, of Ambergate, who is assistant overseer and clerk to the Crich Parish Council, is to be congratulated on his good shooting at Bisley, having been in several competitions, including the King’s. He won several prizes there. MrGLOSSOP was a sergeant in the old Volunteers for many years, and was always considered a crack shot.

Derbyshire Times 31 July 1920
On Saturday at Pentrich Church by special licence the wedding took place, of Miss Mary Hilda BERRISFORD, daughter of Mr and Mrs Leonard BERRISFORD, of the Cliff Inn, Crich, and Mr S. BOWN, of Upper Hartsay.
[Further details were printed]

Derbyshire Times 31 Jul 1920
The much required enlargement of the Crich Parish Churchyard is now being carried out, the additional land having been purchased, and the old wall removed. With regard to the large hollow, presumably part of an old quarry and which forms part of the churchyard, it was decided some years ago to have this filled up, and many farmers promised to cart material free of charge, thus making it available for use.

Derbyshire Times 31 Jul 1920
The marriage took place at the Crich Parish Church on Saturday of Miss Harriet Emma MARTIN, daughter of Mr and Mrs Fred MARTIN, of North View, Crich, and Mr Bertram Thomas THORPE, of The Holt. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Herbert Wilfred MARTIN, the best man being Mr Arthur THORPE, brother of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were the Misses Edna Isabella MARTIN and Lillian THORPE, sisters of the bride and bridegroom respectively. The vicar of Crich officiated.

Derbyshire Times 7 August 1920
It has been decided that the Alderwasley War Memorial is to take the form of a granite cross, to be erected close to the footpath in the park. The sum of £185 has already been raised towards the cost.

[View the Alderwasley War Memorial]

Derbyshire Times 7 August 1920
A familiar figure in Crich Parish Church, Mr James HOLMES, has lately been missed from its services, he having met with a serious accident to one of his legs. We are glad to learn that he is now recovering.

Belper News 13 August 1920
A quiet wedding took place the other day at the Crich Parish Church, the contracting parties being Miss KNOWLES, daughter of Mr Thomas KNOWLES, of Crich and Mr John CAULDWELL, son of Mr J. CAULDWELL, of Crich. The vicar officiated.

Belper News 13 August 1920
The marriage took place last week at the Crich Parish Church of Miss Rose HOLLAND, only daughter of Mr and Mrs John HOLLAND, of Crich Common, and Mr Samuel BERRISFORD, of Town End, Crich. The bride was given away by her uncle Mr Joseph BURNS, the bridesmaids being the Misses Doris BERRISFORD and B. KNEEBONE. The Vicar officiated.

Derbyshire Times 14 August 1920
Mr Arthur TOMLINSON, of Crich, when at work on the Morewood More granite pit last week, was badly burned about the eyes owing to an acetylene lamp exploring.

Derbyshire Times 14 August 1920
Regarding the sale of part of the Alderwasy estate last week it is now understood that Chase Cliffe, Whatstandwell, will not be sold.

Derbyshire Times 14 August 1920
Mr John W. HEATHCOTE, of the Market Place, Crich, when in the act of stepping off a conveyance last week, had the misfortune to sprain his right ankle and in consequence is unable to follow his employment.

Derbyshire Times 14 August 1920
Widespread sympathy was aroused in Crich by the recent death at the age of 49 years of Mrs John William DAWES, Mount Cottages, Crich, and formerly of Holloway. She leaves a family of five, two of whom, a son and a daughter are in Canada.

Derbyshire Times 14 August 1920
Lieut. Leopold John SAXTON, who served in the war in France for nearly four years, paid a short visit to his sister, Mrs John BOWER, of Crich Common, and returned to his hom. at Harrow on the Hill on Saturday. Lieut. SAXTON is a native of Crich, where his late father, Mr John SAXTON, was churchwarden for many year

[see the Crich WW1 Roll record for Leopold John SAXTON ]

Derbyshire Times 14 August 1920
Mr Samuel ALLEN, of Wesleyan Lane, Crich, met with a serious accident on Friday last week. Whilst at work at the Cliff Quarries, Crich, he slipped off a piece of stone and was badly injured about the head and chest. Prompt attention was rendered by his fellow workers and medical aid was given by Dr H.J. RANKIN.

Derbyshire Times 14 August 1920
Mr and Mrs W.A. WATKINS, of Fritchley, returned last week from a nine month stay in Italy, mostly in Rome, where they have been making a close study of the oldest parts of the earliest Christian catacombs for any fresh light the multitudinous inscriptions may throw upon primitive Christianity there. Prices of food in general appeared to be lower than in England.

Ripley and Heanor News 20 August 1920
An unusual record has been set up by Mr Edward EMANS, of Crich, who has just celebrated his second silver wedding. His first marriage took place in 1867, and his second was in August 1895, at Sheffield. In his early days Mr EMANS was an enthusiastic Volunteer, serving both in the Derbyshire Regiment and the Robin Hood Rifles, and the outstanding events of his service were the great volunteer review in Windsor Great Park by Queen Victoria, and a similar event in Hyde Park by King Edward. Mr EMANS has been a member of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows for 56 years, and he is proud of the fact that he once shook hands with Mr GLADSTONE.

Derbyshire Courier 21 August 1920
The wedding took place at Crich Parish Church on Wednesday, of Miss Margaret Ellen PORTER, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs E. PORTER, of Bowmer Lane, Fritchley and Mr Herbert LAMB, fifth son of Mr and Mrs Robert LAMB of Wessington. The bride has been a prominent worker in connection with the Fritchley Mission Church.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Courier 21 August 1920
The fourteen months old son of Mr and Mrs Albert BYARD, of Park Head, Crich, is now lying in Derby Royal Infirmary as a result of a serious accident in the road on Tuesday. The child was playing in the road near his home when a milk float, belonging to Mr E. SEALS, of Moor Edge, approached. The driver evidently did not notice the little mite, and one of the wheels passed over his face and body. Dr RANKIN was sent for, and Mr F.J. LYNAM took the child in his car to the infirmary. The boy’s face was badly cut, and there are also internal injuries. His condition is critical.

Derbyshire Times 28 August 1920
Mr John HOLMES, son of Mr James HOLMES, of Crich, who had a bad fall in the Manor Colliery last week, when he put his shoulder out of joint, he is now recovering.

Derbyshire Times 28 August 1920
Mr Samuel ALLEN who met with a serious accident recently at the Cliff Quarries, Crich, is now able to sit up in bed. Mr ALLEN, who is a native of Crich, is a well-known musician and ever willing to assist at any charitable entertainment.

Derbyshire Times 28 August 1920
The retirement of General Sir F.C. SHAW, K.C.B., late commander of the troops in Ireland, is of special interest to an old Crich veteran, Mr Joel PERRY , he having served under his command in the Egyptian War. Mr PERRY served about 20 years in the army in various parts of the world.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 August 1920
On August 25 at Nant y Glyn Wesleyan Church, Colwyn Bay, by the Rev E. SAYER ELLIS, M.C. Arthur, third son of James BOWMER, of Crich, Matlock, to Bessie, daughter of Sam HARROP, Old Colwyn, North Wales.

Derbyshire Times 4 September 1920
After a long period of uncertainty Mr and Mrs Aaron COLEMAN, The Cross, Crich, have just received definite information, respecting their soldier son Corporal Luke COLEMAN. He enlisted at the start of the war, and wrote home regularly until the great push on July 1, 1916, after which his friends heard no more of him and could not ascertain whether he’d be killed or not. They are now informed by the military authorities that his body has been removed from a temporary grave to Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, nine and a half miles north of Albert. Corporal COLEMAN had also three brothers in the wall. Isaac, Tom and Willie. The last mentioned was wounded and awarded the Military Medal.

[see the Crich WW1 Roll record for Luke COLEMAN ]

Derbyshire Courier 4 September 1920
Mrs Elizabeth BRUMWELL, the Crich postmistress, wife of Mr George BRUMWELL, died suddenly whilst crossing Crich Market Place on Monday. In apparently quite good health, she was attending to her postal duties, and had just left the grocery stores of Mr J.N. DAWES when she fell heavily forward. A lady visitor was near, and after hurrying to aid, called for the assistance of Mr DAWES. Other help was soon at hand, and Dr MACDONALD was immediately fetched. It was found that life was extinct. An inquest was held at Crich Council Room, on Tuesday, and in accordance with medical evidence – was attributed to heart failure. The deceased was 53 years of age, and by a sad coincidence her birthday was on Monday. In her capacity as postmistress she was held in the highest esteem by the public and her unfailing courtesy was much appreciated. The interment took place at the Parish Churchyard on Thursday .

Derbyshire Courier 4 September 1920
The wedding took place at Crich Parish Church on Saturday of Mr James WORTHY, eldest son of Mr and Mrs John WORTHY of, Leashaw Cottage, Holloway, and Miss Annie Ruth FROST, eldest daughter of the late Mr George FROST and Mrs S. FROST of Archway Cottage, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]
In the afternoon and evening the Crich bellringers rang several peals in honour of the event, as the bridegroom is a member of the Crich Church Campanologists.

Belper News 10 September 1920
After an illness of nearly three months, Mr Arthur CAULDWELL died at the age of 27 at his parents home, Crich Common.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 11 September 1920
A marble tablet , erected in memory of the late Rev William BUNTING, vicar of Crich, who died on 11 November, 1918, was unveiled in the presence of a large congregation on Sunday afternoon. The cost of the tablet, which has been erected in the chancel near the vestry door, was defrayed by the Girl Guides, formed by the late vicar and Mrs BUNTING shortly after his induction to the living of Crich. From its inception the late Mr BUNTING took a deep interest in the welfare of the Guild and meetings were held at the Vicarage.
[a report of the service followed]

[read more about Rev William BUNTING ]

Derbyshire Times 11 September 1920
Mr Ernest BLOUNT, of Crich, who recently met with a nasty fall in the Market Place, Ripley, is recovering satisfactorily.

Derbyshire Times 11 September 1920
Upon inquiry it is learnt that Mr Bert BYARD’s child who is only 11 months old, and who was run over by a milk cart at Park Gate recently, is recovering. Had it not been for the expeditious way in which Mr F.J. LYNAM conveyed the child in his motor to the Royal Infirmary at Derby it would not have survived the injuries received.

Derbyshire Times 11 September 1920
A handsome cross to the memory of those who fell in the war was erected on Friday on the right-hand side of the main entrance to the Crich Parish Church. The cross is worked in Hopton Stone, with the names of the fallen inscribed thereon. It is not only a fitting memorial but adds greatly to the beauty and dignity of the Church and its environs.

[View Crich War Memorial ]

Derbyshire Times 25 September 1920
The service at the Crich Parish Church on Sunday morning was arranged with special reference to the late Mrs BRUMWELL, whose husband Mr George BRUMWELL, is parish warden. The bells were muffled and suitable hymns were sung by the choir. The vicar referred in feeling terms to the deceased lady’s tragic death.

Derbyshire Times 25 September 1920
On Saturday, at the Crich Parish Church, the marriage took place of Mr Leslie SMITH, only son of Mr and Mrs William SMITH, Church View, Crich, and Miss Mary Elizabeth WILSON, second daughter of Mr and Mrs George E. WILSON , of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 25 September 1920
The marriage took place at the Crich Parish Church on Wednesday in last week of Miss Elsie SMITH, daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Roe SMITH, of Crich, and Mr Frank William COPE, son of Mr and Mrs W. COPE , of Duffield.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 25 September 1920
The funeral took place at the Crich Parish Church on Thursday last week of Mrs Elizabeth BRUMWELL, whose tragic death occurred in the Market Place, Crich., on the previous Monday her 53rd birthday as reported in our last issue.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 16 October 1920
The deaths took place on Monday of Mrs Sarah Ann BRADLEY, of Fritchley. The deceased, who was the wife of Mr William BRADLEY, of Allen Lane , was 56 years of age. About 14 months ago she had a stroke, from the effects of which she never fully recovered. The funeral took place at the Parish Churchyard, Crich, yesterday (Friday).

Derby Daily Telegraph 21 October 1920
Albert BAINBRIDGE, labourer, Crich, was summoned by the Poor-law authorities for failing to maintain his children. He pleaded guilty. The children had been in the Workhouse twice since 1914, and under the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. There had been imprisonment and not a penny paid the whole of the years mentioned. The defendant was convicted as a rogue and a vagabond and sentenced to three months hard labour.

Derbyshire Courier 23 October 1920
Mr George BRUMWELL, of the Post Office, Crich, has been appointed sub-postmaster for Crich, in succession to the late Mrs BRUMWELL.

Derbyshire Courier 23 October 1920
Much sympathy has been extended to Mr T. NEEDHAM of Upper Fritchley, in the loss he has sustained by the unexpected death of his wife, Mrs Bertha NEEDHAM, which occurred on Sunday after a brief illness at the age of 34, there are two children.

Derbyshire Courier 23 October 1920
After an illness of two years duration Mrs Martha Elizabeth SOWTER, formerly of Whatstandwell, passed away at the home of Mr Adam KNEEBONE, Bowmer Lane, Fritchley, on Monday. She leaves five children. The deceased who was 31 years of age, was the daughter of Mr William WILTON, of Whatstandwell. The funeral took place at the Parish Church, Crich, on Thursday.

Derbyshire Courier 30 October 1920
The wedding was quietly celebrated at Belper on Saturday, of Mr Jesse HEAPPY and Mrs Mary Hannah BYARD, of Rock Terrace, Crich. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Mary BOWMER, and Mr Harry BOWMER was best man.

Derbyshire Courier 30 October 1920
On Saturday, at Belper, the wedding took place of Mr Charles LIMB, youngest son of Mr and Mrs C. LIMB, of Leashaw View, Holloway, and Miss Elizabeth BYARD, fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas BYARD, of Rose Cottage, The Common, Crich. The bride for a number of years has been an active worker in connection with the local Primitive Methodist Church.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Courier 30 October 1920
Mr George STEELE, who is staying at Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell, on a visit from Victoria, Australia, is booked to sail this week by the Zeelandic back to Australia. Along with Mrs STEELE, formerly Miss COWLISHAW, of Derwent Villas. Mr STEELE left England take up fruit farming in Northern Victoria ten years ago. He speaks confidently of the good prospects offered to intending fruit growers in sunny Victoria, particularly in the irrigation districts, and says it holds out opportunities to “make good” even to inexperienced workers. Mr STEELE arrived in England last May.

Belper News 5 November 1920
An accident occurred recently to Mr J.W. CHECKLEY, baker and confectioner, Crich. Whilst driving his horse and conveyance from Whatstandwell to Ambergate the horse fell on its side, breaking both shafts. Mr CHECKLEY and his daughter, who accompanied him, were both thrown out, the former injuring his shoulder and the latter sustaining scratches and bruises. The horse was also injured. The accident was caused solely by the unsatisfactory state of this road concerning which complaints are numerous.

Belper News 5 November 1920
The funeral took place at the Crich Parish church a few days ago of Mrs Martha Elizabeth SOWTER, who died at Fritchley at the age of 31 years.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 13 November 1920
Much sympathy has been extended to Mr and Mrs Robert HEAPPY, of North View, the Common, in the loss they have sustained by the death of their daughter Miss Sarah HEAPPY, aged 20, which occurred at Derby Infirmary, on Monday. The young woman had only been admitted to the institution that morning. She was taken ill a fortnight ago whilst working at Lea Mills.

Derbyshire Courier 13 November 1920
The death took place at Belper Hospital on Thursday of last week of Mr Samuel SWINDELL, of Thurlow Booth, Crich. Latterly the deceased had be in failing health, but had made the journey to Belper to visit his son the day before his death. He was 69 years of age. Formerly he was employed for a number of years by Messrs A. SIMS, stone merchants, of Whatstandwell. The funeral took place at Belper Cemetery on Monday.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 13 November 1920
A native of Fritchley, Mr John SMITH passed away on Wednesday of last week, after an illness of over three years duration. He was 58 years old, and was one of the oldest members of the local Lodge of Foresters and for many years he was in the employ of Messrs J. GLOSSOP and Sons, timber merchants, of Ambergate.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 November 1920
On November 12, at Crich (late of Derby and Coxbench ), Samuel BROWN, aged 80 years. Funeral, Wednesday, at Crich, 2.30 p.m.

Belper News 19 November 1920
Mr Tom HOPKINSON, assistant to Mr MERCER, chemist and grocer, Crich, met with a serious accident the other day near Chase Cliffe, as he was returning home from business. When riding his bicycle he ran into Mrs JACKSON, The Mount, Crich. He was pitched off, badly cutting his forehead and face, and was rendered unconscious. Mrs JACKSON was bruised on the head and side and also rendered unconscious. Mr HOPKINSON was conveyed to his home at Crich Carr. Mrs JACKSON was taken to Mrs MASON’S house nearby, and later conveyed in a motor to home at Crich.

Belper News 26 November 1920
A well-known inhabitant of Fritchley was laid to rest in the Crich Parish Churchyard a few days ago, in the person of Mr John SMITH, whose age was 58. He had been ill for about three years. Some years ago he went to America for a short time. He worked there as a sawyer.

Derbyshire Courier 20 November 1920
Mr Samuel BROWN, of the Common, died on Friday at the age of 80. He was a native of Derby and for many years was employed in the Telegraph department of the Midland Railway Company at Derby. Mrs BROWN survives him. The funeral took place on Wednesday at the Parish Churchyard.

Derbyshire Courier 20 November 1920
Mr and Mrs George STEELE and family, together with Mrs STEELE senior, left Whatstandwell on Thursday for Liverpool, where they embarked the same day on the White Star liner Ceramic for Australia. Mr STEELE has been fruit farming in Victoria for about 10 years and along with his wife came over to the homeland for a holiday last May. Mr STEELE also built up a successful business as auctioneer and land agent in Northern Victoria.

Derbyshire Courier 27 November 1920

obituary of George Brown Crich 1920

Derbyshire Times 18 December 1920
Mr George WYLES, of Crich, who has for some time held an appointment in the London Joint City and Midland Bank at the Matlock branch, has been promoted to its Manchester branch.

Belper News 10 December 1920
A wedding of local interest took place the other day at the Crich Parish Church, the contracting parties being Miss Margaret Alice BOOTH, fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs Lawrence BOOTH, of Park View, Fritchley, and Mr Robert H. WRIGHT, eldest son of Mr
WRIGHT, of Grove House, Beeston, Notts.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Courier 11 December 1920
During the gale last weekend a portion of a greenhouse belonging to Mr A. ROBINSON, of Railway House, Crich was blown in.

Derbyshire Courier 11 December 1920
The extended portion of the burial ground attached to Crich Parish Church was consecrated on Thursday of last week by the Bishop of Derby.
[there followed a report of the ceremony]

Derbyshire Courier 11 December 1920
Mr and Mrs Walter Y. FARNSWORTH, of Whatstandwell, who will sail next week for Australia, were presented with a Bible on Sunday by the members of the Crich Carr Primitive Methodist Church. The presentation was made by the Rev Jabez BELL, of Belper. Bibles were also given to each of the three children of Mr and Mrs FARNSWORTH. Mr and Mrs FARNSWORTH intend to settle in the Melbourne district.

Derbyshire Times 18 December 1920
“Cock Robin” writing from Crich Carr, asks if members of the Ambergate railwaymen’s engineers department are desirous of “joining a raffle for a cock robin. Admission twopence”. The irony of the suggestion will be appreciated locally.

Ashbourne Telegraph 17 December 1920
At a meeting of the Matlock Divisional Committee of the Derbyshire F.A. on Friday night, at Matlock Bath, Charles BIDDULPH, of Cromford, and Arthur HARRISON, of Crich, were each fined 10s for misconduct.