News Snippets for 1923

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1923.

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.

In 1923 there were a great many references to the erection and opening of the new Crich Memorial Tower; also the decision to hold annual pilgrimages to the Memorial Tower. These tended to very repetitive and only a representative sample have been transcribed.

1923 newspapers

Derby Daily Telegraph 11 January 1923
Robert GOODALL, Crich, miner, for using indecent language at Crich on December 23, had to pay 20s. Sgt WRIGHT proved the case.

Ripley and Heanor News 19 January 1923
The contract for the erection of the Memorial Tower on Crich Stand in memory of 11,296 Sherwood Foresters who gave their lives in the War has been let to Mr PAYNE, of Crich for £1,882 2s 0d. The Clay Cross Co, have undertaken to do the haulage. Sanitary conveniences are to be built, and the whole will cost between £2000 and £2300. Major F.C.A. HURT has arranged to lease the site for 999 years at an annual rent of 30s. Duplicate books, bound in leather, and engraved on vellum, are being prepared at a cost of £561, and these will be deposited in the Nottingham Castle Museum and Free Library at Derby. Memorial tablets will be placed temporarily on the wall of St Peter’s Churchyard, Nottingham, and on the front of the Town Hall in the Market Place, Derby

Derbyshire Times 27 January 1923
Vaughan TAYLOR, Crich, was summoned by the Belper Rural Council at Belper on Thursday for failing to abate a nuisance at his premises, Crich, on December 9. Mr Bendle Moore appeared for the Council. Defendant was formerly a member of the R.D.C. Mr BOULD, Inspector, explained the circumstances. Defendant admitted the work had not been done. He was the owner of an old building converted into a house, a ramshackle place for a dwelling. Several things had not been done according to order, including damp courses, water supply and drainage, of which complaint was made. The bedroom window could not be opened. Defendant said he could not get a tenant out of the place, and there were five children. In reply to the Chairman, the Inspector stated a minimum of expense was asked to make the premises habitable. A Rural Councillor appeared to have informed the Bench that the place was decent. Mr BOULD stated a committee had visited the place and reported the contrary. Mr Moore said he would take no notice of anyone who did not go into the witness box. He asked for the informant’s letter which he read in Court, but the name of the writer was not disclosed. Dr MORRISON, M.O.H. Declared the premises unfit for habitation for general reasons. After a lengthy hearing, the Bench adjourned the case for a month to enable the requirements to be carried out.

Derbyshire Times 17 March 1923
Dial Farm, Crich
Walter DAY is instructed by Mr John ARCHER (who is leaving the farm) to sell by auction without reserve on Wednesday, March 21 at 1 pm, 12 beasts, 7 horses, 3 In pig gilts (Large Whites), implements and dairy utensils, seed and eating potatoes.

Derbyshire Times 24 March 1923
Our Crich correspondent has just had a letter from a lady, an extract from which will indicate the spirit of the rising generation: – “I was so amused when going to Crich in the drizzling rain. There was a little chap on the other side of the road about three years of age and with very little clothes on, who was trudging along oblivious to all externals, singing at the top of his voice, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow”. He was quite alone. And I did not speak to him; I thought it would spoil it.”

Derbyshire Times 31 March 1923
A scholarship competition was recently held by the “Daily Graphic”. The work consisted of 20 test papers in the various branches of work done in school. Over 100,000 competitors entered and we are pleased to state that Miss Stella HAYWOOD of the Church of England School, Crich, has been placed amongst the first 100 of the best of these and so wins a prize of £1.

Derbyshire Times 31 March 1923
Amongst the successful candidates at the Sheffield University last week was Mr Bert MERCER, son of Mr Alfred MERCER , pharmacist, of Crich, who passed with distinction the third professional examination for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery. Mr MERCER commenced his duties shortly after demobilisation, having served nearly four years in France as motor dispatch rider attached to the Special Brigade of the Royal Engineers.
[WW1 Army record for Herbert MERCER]

Derbyshire Times 31 March 1923
In connection with the screen which has just been restored to his old place in Crich Church between the chancel and the body of the church, it may not be generally known that it was removed during the restoration in 1861, thrown out as useless, and eventually found in a builder’s yard at Derby. It was there purchased by the Vicar of St Peter’s Church, Derby, who had set it up in his own church, where it remained until recently, when it was brought back to Crich. The work of re-erecting it was kindly undertaken by Mr J. Roe SMITH, of Crich.

Derbyshire Times 14 April 1923
The new altar frontal presented to Crich Parish Church for Easter, by Mrs Maurice DEACON, of Chase Cliffe, has a white ground embroidered with the sacred emblem, also the rose and lily alternately in gold thread, all surmounted by a delicate rainbow fringe.

Derby Daily Telegraph 5 April 1923
A quiet wedding at Belper on Saturday was that between Mr John YATES, of Plaistow Green, Crich, and Miss Doris May SEEDS, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest SEEDS, of Wash Green, Wirksworth.

Derbyshire Times 14 April 1923
Crich and District Friendly Societies Council organised a whist drive and dance on Saturday at the Parochial Schools, Crich in order to render help to two men who have been ill for some years and unable to follow their employment. It is characteristic of the Crich Friendly Societies to help those in distress, and in this instance the sum of £10 was realised for the benefit of Mr Thomas REDFERN of Fritchley, and Mr James COWLISHAW, of Coddington.
[Note: £10 in 1923 was worth about £300 in the 2020s]

Derbyshire Times 21 April 1923
Eggs are now selling at Crich at less than before the war, yet the corn is double the price. We have known cottagers in Crich who depend solely on the fowls to pay the rent.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 4 May 1923
Recently in an underground passage or cellar at the Old Manor House, Crich (also called the Pothouse from its having been a pottery where Crich ware was made) there was found an old steel cleaver of unusual shape, and a knife and sheath. These may have been simply the implements of a butcher, but the uncommon shape and apparent age makes one think they may be older and have some other use.
[Note: there is more about this property elsewhere on this website: Old Manor House ]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 4 May 1923
In 1666 an Act of Parliament was passed ordering “Burying in woollen only, for the encouragement of the Woollen Manufacturers of the Kingdom and preventing of the exportation of money for the buying and importing of linen.” Up to the end of the 18th century, in the great majority of burials the corpse was simply in its round, and was lifted out of the coffin, belonging to the parish, at the edge of the grave. Thus the importance of this shroud, which was in future under penalties to be of wool.

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
Mrs Harriet BOWMER, who resided at Coddington, Whatstandwell, passed away after a short illness on Sunday at about the age of 58 years.

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
The death took place on Sunday of an old resident in Sun Lane, Crich, in the person of Mr William ALLEN, who was born in Swanwick about 77 years ago.

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
The public lamps of Crich have been dismantled this week. The prospects for next season's lighting are not encouraging, the sum of money voted for that purpose being only half the former rate.

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
Mr Alexander TOMLINSON, of the Market Place, Crich, who has had to undergo an operation on his left eye at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary a few months ago, is now sufficiently recovered to resume his work.

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
Mr J.B.A. MARSDEN SMEDLEY, formally opened the new skittle alley at Lea Mills on Tuesday. This has been provided for the recreation of the employees by the Welfare Movement in connection with the mills.

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
Mr Arthur STREET, of the Market Place, Crich met with a serious accident at Hartsay Colliery on Friday last week, where he was struck by a fall of bind, breaking one of his legs. He was conveyed to the Ripley Cottage Hospital and detained.
[Note:The hospital was commissioned after the death of a miner injured at Pentrich Colliery, who did not survive the road journey to Derby in time for treatment. It opened as Ripley Cottage Hospital in September 1912.]

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
One of the favourite walks at Crich is access to the Tors, the view therefrom being magnificent. Yet from the Chadwick Nick end it is almost inaccessible. A pathway could easily be made up from the lane: the material is all there, and nothing is wanted but a little labour. We called attention in these columns some little time ago to this requirement. Surely the Crich Parish Council will have this done for the safety of the residents and visitors.
[Note: this must have been actioned; the photo below steps from the Tors down onto Chadwick Nick]

Steps from the Tors to Chadwick Nick

Derbyshire Times 5 May 1923
Up to the time of writing the expected reduction in the price of milk at Crich has not taken place, although in neighbouring parishes it has already been done. In one farmer, however, somewhat hastened matters by going round one morning with the supply at a lower rate, with the result that when the other retailers made their rounds they found no purchasers. On the following morning they were all out much earlier than usual informing their customers that the price had dropped to 4d a quart, which was the price charged by the enterprising farmer on the previous morning.

Derbyshire Times 11 May 1923
On fifth May, 1923, at Elm Tree Farm, Wheatcroft, Crich, Benjamin GRETTON, aged 56 years.

Derbyshire Times 19 May 1923
Mr John BRAMLEY, The Archway, Crich, who has just celebrated his 83rd birthday, is still hale and hearty. He stands erect, being about 6 foot in height, and still takes an active interest in public matters, never failing to record his vote at the local elections. On Monday, to his great delight, he received a surprise visit from his former master, Mr A.J. TOWLSON, J.P., of Pentrich.

Derbyshire Times 19 May 1923
Mr Samuel BOAM , of Crich, who is employed on the road of the Derbyshire County Council, was on the 5th inst., during the thunderstorm, in High Street, Clay Cross, with one of his fellow workmen going to the County Council depot there when the lightning struck the ground close to them and cause him to fall. As a result he dislocated his left shoulder. He was taken to the depot where he received attention, and on the following morning Dr WILSON and his lady assistant set the shoulder, after which he returned to Crich, and is now making satisfactory progress under doctors MACDONALD and RANKIN.

Derbyshire Times 26 May 1923
The following official clerical appointments have been made in the Dioceses of Southwell: Rev Charles William George BAYLISS to Crich, as stipendiary curate.

Derbyshire Times 31 May 1923
John COLEMAN, Crich, labourer, for using indecent language at Crich on May 21, was fined 5s.

Derbyshire Times 2 June 1923
On Monday at the Alfreton County Court before his honour Judge NEWELL, Freeman THORPE, of Plaistow Hall Farm, Wheatcroft, sued Beatrice GREGORY, of Crich Carr, for £2 13s 0d for 18 weeks agistment of a cow at the rate of 2s 6d per week. Mr H.R. CLEAVER was for the plaintiff. Mrs GREGORY, a widow, said she lost her cow owing to some eye trouble during agistment and she wanted compensation from THORPE for that. His Honour said he could not deal with that as there was no counterclaim. She had better consult a solicitor and see whether she could recover. He could not advise her as he might have to try the action. His honour gave judgement for £1 14s 0d and costs at the of 4s per month. Defendant said she could not pay anything as she was dependent upon an Army pension of 44s 6d in support of herself and two children.
[Note: agistment is the contract for taking in and feeding horses or cattle on pasture land, for a periodic payment of money]

Derbyshire Times 2 June 1923
At the Crich Whitsuntide festivities, the swing boats and other fair paraphernalia in the centre of the Market Place interfered considerably with the arrangement for the large assemblage.

Derbyshire Times 2 June 1923
The clock in the Market Place, Crich, has at last been set going by ex-servicemen, Mr Andrew F. HEAPPEY, Sheaf Cottage, Crich. Amongst the obstructions to the works he found a pigeon’s nest.
[See his WW1 record: Andrew HEAPPEY]

Derbyshire Times 2 June 1923
Much satisfaction has been expressed with the recent suggestions in the Derbyshire Times respecting the widening of Hag Lane and dispensing with the proposed aqueduct. As a further proof of the necessity for making this road, it is found that many persons at Crich who drive vehicles prefer to go round by Whatstandwell rather than attempt Bull Bridge Hill.

Derbyshire Times 9 June 1923
A wedding of considerable interest to Tansley and Crich people took place at Holy Trinity Church, Tansley, on Monday, the Rev H.T. EDWARDS officiating. The contracting parties were Miss Agnes TAYLOR, youngest daughter of the late Mr Gervase TAYLOR and of Mrs TAYLOR, of Tansley, and Mr John Henry SMITH, of Crich. The bride was for several years a teacher at the Tansley Church of England Schools, and she was also secretary of the Tansley Nursing Association and of the Tansley District of the National Deposit Friendly Society, whilst the bridegroom is a well-known butcher of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 22 June 1923
That famous landmark – Crich Stand, which has now been erected further back to a safer position, and which is to be a war memorial to all battalions of the Sherwood Foresters is to be declared open at four o’clock on August Bank Holiday by General Sir Horace L. SMITH-DORRIEN, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., D.S.O., the Gov of Gibraltar and Colonel of the regiment.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 June 1923
In connection with the Crich Stand Memorial to the fallen from Notts and Derbyshire a proposal to establish a beacon light for Derbyshire is being made. Derby voted against the proposal at the meeting of the promoters, the view being taken that the expenditure of £75 of the money subscribed for such a purpose was not warranted. An equal vote resulted and a letter has been issued to the urban councils in Derbyshire in regard to the matter. The idea is that on special occasions the stand may act as a beacon, but the Derby representatives, the Mayor and Mr W. RUTHERFORD were of the opinion that the installation would be seldom required, and was not justified in the circumstances.

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 June 1923
And ejectment order was asked for against Luke HOUSLEY, Crich, who occupies a house at 7s per week. Mr Donald CASH appearing for the owner, a widow. The rent it appeared had been forwarded at the last moment, and the order was made but postponed for three months.

Derbyshire Times 30 June 1923
Crich Stand is once more visible upon the horizon and is nearing completion. With binoculars one can see the elaborate scaffolding around the structure. But the present lower situation down the slope of the tower are less imposing aspect than when it occupied the crown of its curved eminence, and rather irritates the observer. We shall of course, get used to the new aspect in time. The stand as now erected is to be a memorial to the Sherwood Foresters, and will be opened by General Sir Horace L. SMITH-DORRIEN on Bank Holiday, August 6.

Ripley and Heanor News 27 July 1923
Crich Memorial Tower is to be opened on August Bank Holiday at 4 p.m. by General Sir Horace L. SMITH-DORRIEN, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., D.S.O., the Gov of Gibraltar and Colonel of the regiment, with a golden key.
This imposing stone tower is erected 955 feet above sea level, and commands extensive views in every direction. A Crich Stand or tower has always crowned the highest point of Crich Hill, and is mentioned in history as being used by General MUDGE when he made his survey of the kingdom. The last Crich Stand was dismantled in 1922, owing to its dangerous position on the extreme edge of the cliff, and foundations for a new tower further away from the crumbling cliff edge has been completed when the site was secured for the Notts and Derbyshire War Memorial. The stone tower is built with the same historic stones as were used in previous towers, but has many modern improvements. A plain stone cross stands out prominently in the centre of the tower and a massive stone dome weighing over 40 tons crowns the top, supported by huge stone pillars. After the tower has been opened a charge of 3d will be made for ascent, and a local disabled soldier has been appointed caretaker.

There were many articles about the opening of the Crich Memorial Tower in the July and August newspapers on 1923 often accompanied with a photograph.
Elsewhere on this site, a photo history of Crich Memorial Stand

Derbyshire Times 4 August 1923
Visitors to Crich, and more especially those who have been absent from the district for some years, comment on the improved appearance along the whole route from Bull Bridge to Town End. The old shabby buildings have been swept away, the roads in several parts widened and otherwise improved. The houses have been renovated and, in fact it would be difficult to find a shabby looking house in Crich.

Derbyshire Times 4 August 1923
The funeral took place out of the Crich Parish Church on Friday last week, of the late Mr William RODGERS, Bull Bridge, whose sudden death occurred on the previous Tuesday while at work in the Clay Cross Company’s lime kilns at Ambergate. Deceased was born at Walsall in March 1860, his parents leaving Staffordshire soon after his birth and coming to Crich parish, where he had lived up to his demise.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 10 August 1923
There has been a great deal of speculation during the week as to the distance the new Crich Stand is from the old site. We are officially informed that it is built exactly 40 yards back of the old landmark.

Derbyshire Times 18 August 1923
At the Crich Parish Church on the 4th instant wedding was solemnised by the Rev R.O.WILSON, Vicar of Crich, the contracting parties being Miss Hester Kathleen MARTIN, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs William Woodhouse MARTIN, the Yews, Crich and Mr Herbert Arnold WARD, son of Mrs WARD of Sheffield.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 25 August 1923
Miss Eileen Mary Munro MACDONALD, second daughter of Dr G.G. MACDONALD J.P. of Crich, came out ahead of the list of all the candidates, male and female, in the final examination of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Derbyshire Times 6 September 1923
Charles COWLISHAW, Crich, was charged with trespassing in search of game at Crich on 26 August, and for taking three partridges in the close season. Sgt WRIGHT searched the defendant, and found the three birds which defendant stated he had found dead. The chairman remarked that the defendant did not tell them how the bird had died, to which there was no reply. There were previous convictions, and the Bench inflicted a fine of £3 for the two offences, or one month.

Derbyshire Times 22 September 1923
It should have been stated in our last issue that Mr and Mrs Maurice DEACON, of Chase Cliffe, contributed liberally towards the prizes for the Crich Carnival.

Derbyshire Times 22 September 1923
A wedding took place on Monday at the Crich Parish Church. The Rev R.O. WILSON officiating. The bride was Miss Grace HUTCHINSON, daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas HUTCHINSON of Crich, and the bridegroom Mr John Isaac WOOLLEY, of Crich. Mr WOOLLEY, who is an ex-serviceman is the caretaker of the Sherwood Foresters War Memorial on Crich Hill.
[see the groom's WW1 record: John Isaac WOOLLEY]

Derbyshire Times 22 September 1923
Mr Thomas DAVIDSON, of Fritchley, a retired provision merchant, has been deprived of many valuable fowls lately. The impression is that the depredators must be some nocturnal nomads, not necessarily four-footed.

Derbyshire Times 22 September 1923
We regret to announce the death of Mr Walter GLOSSOP, which occurred on Monday at his residence, Ripley Road, Ambergate. Deceased had not been well for a considerable time, and the end was not altogether unexpected. His age was 65 years. A resident of the village practically all his life he was well-known far beyond its boundaries, and his activities in many ways made him well-known throughout the county. He leaves a widow and six children, five sons and one daughter. One son is in Canada and another on his way to America in the course of his business. At the time of his death deceased was the clerk to the Crich Parish Council, which office he had held for 27 years, being only the second since its inception. He was also assistant overseer for Crich.
He will be remembered as an ex sergeant of the old Volunteers, for which he held the Long Service Medal. He was one of the best shots the county both in Service and club circles, and was almost an annual visitor to Bisley. He twice held the record for the best shot in the county, and in the year 1911 he was in the last 100 for the King’s prize. He also held a gold medal presented for Lord Kerry’s shooting competition.
Being of a genial and social disposition his familiar figure will be missed from many social functions. At dances and concerts he was ever-ready to give his services with his band, for he was a musician of no mean order. His double bass at Sunday School anniversaries was often prominent. He was organist at St Anne’s Church, Ambergate, for the long period of 17 years. As an angler he was very well-known, both as a wielder of the rod and line as well has his notes to local papers. In his earlier days he was a very fair cricketer both with bat and ball, and played with many prominent clubs. He was Freemason, being a P.M.of the Beaurepean Lodge, Belper. He was a member of the firm of Messrs. Joseph GLOSSOP and Sons Ltd, Sawing Mills, Ambergate

photo of Walter Glossop 1923

[There followed a long report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 29 September 1923
The Rev James WILLIAMS, curate of Crich for many years, has now settled down as Vicar of Wessington, and is finding the work encouraging, both in Church and school.

Derbyshire Times 29 September 1923
The bells of the Crich Parish Church on Sunday were muffled out of respect to the memory of the late Mr Walter GLOSSOP, who was interred there on the previous Thursday. It was the express wish of the deceased that he should be buried at Crich, where he’d been so long connected with public and social matters and where he had been held in affectionate regard by all sections of the community.

Derbyshire Times 29 September 1923
On Tuesday last week, Mrs MOORE, of Snowdrop Valley Lane, Crich, on entering her poultry house, was surprised to see several fowls lying dead on the floor, and on stooping to take one up a fox rushed out and in doing so scratched her hand, making a wound which had to be cauterised. The Fox run away in the direction of Thorpe Hill, Fritchley. He had killed seven, leaving 29 which would have been killed had not Mrs MOORE disturbed him.

Ripley and Heanor News 26 October 1923
Sudden Death – Whilst attending the funeral of his son-in-law at Crich on Saturday George WITHERS, of Fritchley, suddenly collapsed and died in a few minutes. The cause of his death was heart failure, and an inquest will not be held.

Derby Daily Telegraph 14 December 1923
Thomas HUTCHINSON, of the Black Swan, Crich, was charged with selling intoxicating liquor during prohibited hours on the 14th November.

Derbyshire Times 22 December 1923
Sergt James B. HUMPHRIES, who has been stationed at Glapwell for four years, has been promoted to Crich. He came from Pleasley, where he had been stationed for six years. His length of service in the force extends to 22 years. He is a most popular officer, and his many friends wish him every success.