News Snippets for 1922

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1922.

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.


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.

Photographs were increasingy used in the newspaper articles. Sadly the reproductions were usually so poor as to be worthless. However, for some of these photographs I have good good copies elsewhere on the site and have replaced the poor quality newspaper ones with them with these better ones in the appropriate articles.

In 1922 there were a great many references to the erection of the new Crich Memorial Tower replacing the old damaged Crich Stand. These tended to very repetitive and only a representative sample have been transcribed.
Also Mr BLOUNT, Crich, won several photographic competitions during the year (often winning 10s 6d each time), sadly his winning entries were too black and indistinct to reproduce.
Apart from football results there was little about Crich residents and events reported.

1922 newspapers

Derbyshire Courier 7 January 1922
An oak tablet, which bears the names of the vicars of the Parish from the 12th century to the present day, was unveiled at Crich Parish Church on Sunday morning. Heading the list, which contains 40 names, is the Rev BRICIUS (no date) followed by the Rev W. De DRAYCOTE, with the date 1278. Other names on the roll are: De WAKEBRIDGE (1348), W. WESTON (1356) (who apparently was vicar for 37 years), T. SHILMERDINE, T. CORNTHWAITE (1801), being followed by T. CARSON, in 1838, and the greatly revered W. CHAWNER, to whose memory a stained glass window was placed in the church.
At the unveiling, which was performed by Dr H.J. RANKIN, touching reference was made to the last named but one on the list – this, of the late Rev William BUNTING. This reference was made by the Rev James WILLIAMS, curate, who held the curacy under the late Mr BUNTING. It was thought the initiative of the Rev W. BUNTING , while the vicar of Crich, that the placing of the list of names in the Parish Church has come to fruition but the originator of the proposal did not live to see his desire effected, passing away with dramatic sadness on Armistice Day.
The tablet is erected in the west wall, underneath the window dedicated to the memory of the late Mrs JACKSON, and immediately behind the font.
Further information on this even is elswhere on this site as follows:
Plaque of the vicars
Rev William BUNTING
Rev CHAWNER window

Derbyshire Advertiser 21 January 192
Crich Stand, which it is now apparently definitely decided to take down and rebuild away from the quarry edge, has been a familiar landmark for more than 70 years. It was built in 1851, in place of what some call a “tower,” and others and “obelisk,” erected in 1788. The top of the present tower is 955 feet above sea level; but, when rebuilt it will probably be a few feet lower, as the present site is the highest point of the hill.

Derbyshire Courier 21 January 1922
Mr Arthur HAYNES, builder and contractor, of Crich, met with an accident on Wednesday as result of the slippery roads. He was taking a supply of material to his workmen at Bull Bridge, and when going down Bull Bridge Hill the horses slipped and one of the shafts smashed, Mr HAYNES was thrown from the vehicle, badly injuring his leg and arm.

Derbyshire Courier 21 January 1922
The funeral of Mrs Martha A. WRAGG of the Common, Crich, whose death was reported in last week’s “Derbyshire Courier” took place at the Parish Churchyard last Friday. The services were conducted by the Rev R. Ord WILSON (vicar).
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 January 1922
The workmen who are taking down the masonry of Crich Stand, the famous Derbyshire landmark, are getting on with their task, and very shortly only the base will remain. The masonry is being preserved for redirection further back from the face of the cliff. The reason for the demolition is that the quarry in the cliff had been worked so far back that the structure was in danger of collapsing. And bad cracks had been apparent for some time.

Derbyshire Courier 28 January 1922
Miss Alice BUNTING, of Sun Lane, Crich, died on Tuesday at the age of 74.

Derbyshire Courier 28 January 1922
After an illness extending over a period of three years, the death occurred on Monday of Miss Janie BROWN, of Bennett's Lane, Crich. The deceased who was the younger daughter of Mr and Mrs William BROWN was 21 years of age. The funeral took place at the Parish Churchyard on Thursday.

Derbyshire Courier 28 January 1922
Mr Fred CURZON, formerly of the Common, Crich, has written home from Australia, stating that he is now on his way to England. He set sail from Sydney on 10 January, by the Orient liner “Ormuz.” It is nearly 13 years since Mr CURZON emigrated. He settled in Sydney, where he followed his occupation as a stone cutter.

Derbyshire Courier 28 January 1922
After only a few days illness, Mr James AMATT, of the Common, Crich, died on Thursday last week from pneumonia, at the age of 33. He was employed by the Butterly Company, at the limestone works of Crich. As a footballer he was a local favourite, and has been a player for both the Crich and Fritchley clubs. The funeral took place at the parish Churchyard on Sunday, the Rev R.O. WILSON, vicar, officiating.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 28 January 1922
Mr John CAULWELL, of the Common, Crich, passed away at his home on Saturday, at the age of 61. From his boyhood, with the exception of one short period, he had been employed as a fitter at Messrs Johnson and Nephew, Wire Works, at Ambergate. He was a native of Alderwasley. The funeral took place at the Parish Churchyard on Tuesday, the Rev James WILLIAMS officiating.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 11 February 1922
A serious accident was sustained by Mr Harry CAULDWELL, of Dimple Head, Crich, on Tuesday. He was following his occupation as a miner at Mr E. GLOSSOP’s Starven Valley pit, Hartsay, and in endeavouring to avoid a tub which was unexpectedly started by the horse drawing on, his head was brought into violent contact with a bar in the roof. The sharp edge pierced his head and severed an artery. In addition to losing a great quantity of blood his head was severely cut. He received medical attention at the surgery at Crich.

Derbyshire Courier 11 February 1922
The death has occurred at Fritchley of Mr John Sadler DAVIDSON, at the age of 13. He had been practically an invalid from childhood. Mr and Mrs DAVIDSON, the deceased’s parents, are prominent members of the Society of Friends. The funeral took place at the Friends’ burial ground, Furnace, on Thursday, last week, prior to which a memorial meeting was held in the Friends’ Meeting House, Fritchley.

Derbyshire Courier 11 February 1922
The death took place on Thursday last week of Mrs Mary ALLEN, wife of Mr William ALLEN, of Mount Pleasant, Sun Lane, Crich. Only the week previous her sister, Miss Alice BUNTING, passed away. The deceased, who was 75 years of age, was a native of Bonsall, but had lived in Crich for half a century. Three years ago she fell in crossing the house floor, breaking her leg and she never fully recovered from the shock. The interment took place on Sunday at the Parish Churchyard, Crich. The Rev James WILLIAMS officiated.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 3 March 1922
A fortnight ago we spoke of “the present Crich Stand.” Our allies have now assured us – with something of a shock – there is no “present Crich Stand” though no doubt there is a prospective one. The familiar landmark is gone.

Derby Daily Telegraph 4 March 1922
Wanted capable woman as working housekeeper. Write Mrs FRANKS, The Cross, Crich, Matlock.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 7 April 1922
Mr and Mrs Charles STOCKS, of East View, Crich, on Sunday last celebrated their golden wedding. Both are natives of Crich, and have resided there the whole of their lives. They were married at the Parish Church by the Rev William CHAWNER, vicar of Crich, and were Sunday school scholars, whilst they were in the church when the first organ was erected in the church, and this was played by Mr Edward WASS, of Lea Green. The members of the choir had in those days to journey to Lea Green for their choir practices. Mrs STOCKS is the oldest grandchild of the WETTON family, who held the clerkship of the Parish Church, Crich, over 200 years, and a one-time she used to ring the dinner bell for the quarrymen, and also the minute Bell. At present both are well and hearty and it is hoped they may continue to remain so for a good many years to come. A reception of the whole family was held on Sunday. They have four daughters and three sons living. All are married, and Mr Samuel STOCKS, is a well-known referee in the Central Alliance.

Golden Wedding of Charles Stocks at Crich

Ripley and Heanor News 26 May 1922
Preliminary details of a scheme for the erection of a memorial to the men of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbyshire regiment) who lost their lives during the great War were given in Nottingham on Saturday evening, at the annual reunion dinner of the 9th Battalion, which was held at the A’bert Hotel, Nottingham.
Lt Col N.G. PEARSON, D.S.O., M.C., mentioned that it was intended to rebuild the tower known as Crich Stand, and to erect upon it a Grecian dome with Doric columns, the whole to be a memorial to the glorious dead of the regiment, with which Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are most intimately associated.
There is to be a “flag day” in Nottingham, Derby, and the principal towns of both counties on the first Saturday in August. A sum of at least £3000 will be needed.

Note: over the following months there were many articles and posters about the Flag Day.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 7 July 1922
Crich has been selected by the General Committee representing the two counties as the site for a tower to serve as a memorial to the Sherwood Foresters, and the land has been granted on generous terms by Major F.C.A. HURT of Alderwasley Hall. The site is worthy of those in whose honour it is to be erected. Within forty yards of the site of the old Crich stand (now removed) the Memorial Tower will overlook the two counties from which the majority of the 11,296 fallen came at the call of duty. The tower, which is surmounted by a dome, will be nearly 50 feet high and from the summit will be obtained one of the finest views in England. Another part of the memorial will be the provision for deposit in Nottingham and Derby of two suitable books of record in which will be inscribed the names of all the Foresters who gave their lives in the service of their country. It is also proposed to place in each county town a tablet referring to the memorial at Crich and recording the number of the fallen. August 5th has been chosen by the Mayors for a flag day, when collections for the memorial will be made in every town and village throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Crich Stand Flag Day 1922

Derby Daily Telegraph 8 August 1922
In the county towns of Derbyshire and Notts the Flag Day effort on Saturday in aid of the fund for placing on the hill at Crich a war memorial to the Sherwood Foresters was less than satisfactory in its results than had been expected. Derby raised about £300 and Nottingham exceeded the total by only £65. Returns have yet to be received from the majority of the smaller towns and villages, unfortunately there are indications that some of these have responded more generously.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 26 August 1922
Charlotte BRUMWELL, Crich, fish dealer, for allowing a cart to be used without having her name and address painted thereon on August 9, was on the evidence of Sgt WRIGHT fined 5s. Defendant did not appear.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 26 August 1922
Jack CAULDWELL, Church Street, Crich, labourer, for not having his dog under control during the night of August 16th, did not appear. Fined 10s.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 26 August 1922
Freeman THORPE, Crich, farmer, was summoned for failing to repair property at Crich Carr, as ordered by the Belper Rural District Council, for whom Mr W. BOULD , the inspector, appeared. The father of the defendant promised to look after the property, and he was, he admitted, the sole cause of the proceedings. The Bench made an order for costs 16s 6d, and for the work to be done.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 7 October 1922
The wedding took place on September 27 at the Oratory, Brompton, London, of Mr Alfred Fitzherbert Melville WRIGHT, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Alfred WRIGHT of the Grange, Butterly, and Miss Hilda DEACON, second daughter of Mr Maurice DEACON, Chase Cliffe, Whatstandwell. The ceremony was performed by father Edmund MATTHEWS, O.S.B., headmaster of Ampleforth College. Mr DEACON gave his daughter away.
[there followed a full report of the wedding]
The indoor and outdoor staff at Chase Cliffe were entertained to supper on September 2 in favour of Miss DEACON’s wedding, the church bells at Crich were also rung to mark the occasion.
[There followed a long list of presents received]

Derby Daily Telegraph 16 October 1922
Whilst two men named John BERESFORD, 38, who lived near the church at Crich, and Georgie Eric LEE, were engaged “ripping” in Wingfield Manor Colliery on the night of September 25, a fall of blind occurred. Both men were injured, and BERESFORD succumbed on October 11th.
[There followed a report of the inquest into the death]

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 October 1922
We recently recorded the death of a collier named BERISFORD at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, and published a report of the inquest on his body. In connection with his burial a most unfortunate blunder was perpetrated, which has caused much distress to everyone concerned. When the coffin arrived at Crich the widow desired to take a last look at her husband, and was greatly upset on realising that the body was not his at all. A telephonic message to Derby had the result of so far settling matters straight that within an hour the funeral was proceeding with. The man responsible for the mistake has admitted that he alone was to blame, and the Infirmary authorities taking all the circumstances into account, will take no further action in the matter. They have, of course, commissioned one of the Infirmary officials to proceed to Crich to express on behalf of the Board of Management their deep regret at the incident, and their sympathy with Mrs BERISFORD. The latter in turn has written to the sister of the ward expressing sincere thanks for all that was done for her husband in his last hours, and hoping that no one will be made to suffer for the mistake that had been made. The incident is therefore now closed.

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 November 1922
William SHEPSTONE, Crich, farmer, was summoned for failing to abate a nuisance at Crich, June 24, at a cottage occupied by Thomas KNOWLES, where the roof and spouting were defective. Mr W. BOULD, inspector for the Belper Rural District Council proved the case. The case was adjourned a month, the penalty to be fixed according to the work then done on the repairs.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 November 1922
William RODGERS, Crich, labourer, for being drunk at Crich on November 1st, did not appear, and as it was his first case the fine was 7s 6d.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 November 1922
Charles GOODALL, Crich, miner, whose father appeared for him, was summoned for the use of indecent language at Heage on November 4. Sgt WRIGHT proved the case, which was not the first. The fine was £1.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 November 1922
William SHIPSTONE, Crich, was summoned for failing to abate a nuisance at Crich, on June 24, and Mr William BOULD, the inspector for Belper Rural Council, explained that only a chimney pot had to be put in position. The nuisance existed. Defendant had no explanation to offer, he now said he would do the work. An order was made for 14 days and to pay £1 0s 6d costs.

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 December 1922
A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned by Mr A.N. WHISTON at an inquest conducted at the parish room, Crich, today (Wednesday), on George William BROWN, a dataller employed by the South Wingfield Manor Colliery. William Henry BROWN, farm labourer, of Bennett’s Lane, Crich identified the body as that of his son residing with him.
Evidence showed that while working in the colliery in the early hours of Monday morning deceased was struck by a runaway tub while a set of loaded tubs were being allowed to another set of trams. The accident was apparently due to a faulty coupling. A doctor was sent for and attended deceased until his death shortly after the accident.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 December 1922
A duplicate record book of the names of the Sherwood Foresters who died in the late war, which is being prepared in connection with a memorial to be erected at Crich, is, it is proposed, to be placed in the care of the Library Committee.