News Snippets for 1931 and 1932

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for the period 1931 – 1932.

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 in the reports and articles:


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.

During this period there were a great many references to the Crich Memorial Tower, the poor state of the Crich roads, sports reports and Crich Parish Council meetings which have not been transcribed. Also Miss AUSTIN, The Mount, Crich was very frequently reported as attending and opening events in the wider locality.

Derby Daily Telegraph 1 January 1931
The funeral took place at Crich yesterday of Mr F. ROBERTS, who died at his home in South Wingfield at the age of 25. Mr ROBERTS was a bellringer of Crich Parish Church, and he was carried out of the church after the service by four of his fellow bellringers, Messrs A. SMITH, R. BERESFORD, G. ASHMAN, and F. ASHMAN. The Rev H.E. JONES, vicar of Crich, officiated with the Rev R. Ord WILSON, vicar of Old Brampton. A muffled peal was rung on the bells.

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 January 1931
It was revealed today at the inquest on Mr George BROAD, owner of the Crich Picture House, who died after falling from an electricity standard, but after an electricity failure he was so anxious to give his cinema show as usual that he climbed the standard himself to make the necessary repairs although warned of the danger.
[there followed an extensive report of the inquest]

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 January 1931
The death occurred at Crich yesterday of Captain Stanley CURRAN, of the Church Army, at the age of 27. He caught a cold at Christmas which turn to pneumonia. Captain CURRAN, who was a native of Scunthorpe, Lincs, entered the Church Army College for training, and then was connected with St Mark’s Church Bury, for 18 months, after which he came to assist at the Parish Church, Crich, in 1929. He revived the Scout movement in Crich in 1930, and was afterwards made Scoutmaster.
[Note: he does not appear in a history of the very active Crich scouts at the time; see their history: Crich Scouts]

Ripley and Heanor News 9 January 1931
The remains of the late Mr G.A. BROAD, manager of Crich Picture House, who met with a tragic death last week, when he was electrocuted in trying to get the current for his cinema, were interred in the local churchyard last Saturday.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 19 January 1931
The funeral took place at Crich Churchyard on Saturday of Mrs MARSHALL, widow of Mr Thomas Clay MARSHALL, a well-known farmer, of Plaistow Green, Crich. Mrs MARSHALL remembered Florence Nightingale, of Lea Hurst, and her departure for the Crimea.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 January 1931
While at work in the Clay Cross Company’s limestone quarries at Crich, today, George Edward OLLIVER, aged 22, of Sun Lane, Crich, was hit on the chest by a piece of falling rock. He is believed to have fractured a rib.

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 February 1931
The funeral took place at Crich yesterday of Mr William COWLISHAW, aged 91, who died at his home last Friday.

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 February 1931
The man in whose place Mr W. SMITHURST of Moorwood Moor was buried by mistake, on Tuesday, was an Irishman, apparently without relatives in the district. As announced in the “Derby Telegraph” last night, Mr SMITHURST’s coffin was removed from Spital Cemetery, Chesterfield, yesterday, and will be reinterred in Crich Churchyard tomorrow. The man who should have been buried at Chesterfield was Michael MORAN, aged 55, who had been employed by a firm of builders at Chesterfield. The mistake was apparently made because MORAN was not seen after death by anyone who knew him. It is recalled that the mistake of burying the wrong body was almost made at South Wingfield some years ago. A miner died in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary following an accident at Wingfield Manor Colliery, but the wrong body was sent from Derby. The mistake was discovered in time.
[see Derby Daily Telegraph report of the John BERESFORD burial mistake dated 20 October 1922 ]
[an inquest into the SMITHURST error was reported in the Derby Daily Telegraph 19 February 1931]

Derby Daily Telegraph 3 March 1931
Constant interruptions, clapping, and stamping of feet, marked Crich annual parish meeting, last night, when there were lively discussions on the village housing, water and fire-fighting problems. “Squandermaniacs” was the term used to describe the Parish Council by Mr S.E. BOWER a former member of the Council. Three and even four. people were speaking at once at different points of the meeting.
[there followed a report of this lively meeting]

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 April 1931
Objection to the granting of a certificate of exemption from licence duty in respect of a dog owned by Arthur Herbert MARSHALL, Plaistow Green, Crich, was sustained.

Derby Daily Telegraph 13 April 1931
By permission of Mrs M.O. BROAD, proprietress, a special programme will be shown at Crich Picture House tonight to help the hospital funds of the Crich and District Hospital Committee.

Ripley and Heanor News 24 April 1931
Judge Longston had before him an interesting possession case at Alfreton County Court, on Monday, in which Messrs William and Alfred GLOSSOP, of Chesterfield, solicitors sought possession of the King's Arms Inn, Crich from the present occupant Louie ASHLEY. Mr Norman WINNING was for the applicants, and Mr A.J. FLINT defended. Mr WINNING said the Crich house was let to the Chesterfield BreweryCo., at a rent of £130. The company’s sublet the house to Mrs ASHLEY’s husband at a rent of £24, subject to his being a tied house, in 1916. The tenancy lapsed in course of time, and Mrs ASLEY became the statutory tenant at a rent of £24 per annum. Hence she was enjoying the benefits of a free house at a rent increase to £30 for what formerly cost £130 per year.
She refused to go out of the house or be tied to another brewery company. The only possible way to get the licence was to appoint a manager of the house, and the owners had entered into a conditional agreement with the manager.
The owners had no liability to offer her suitable licence conditions, but they had offered her suitable dwelling accommodation, and the licence of the White Lion Inn, Belper, which she refused.
The case was adjourned in order to allow the judge to view the two premises, and the resumed hearing will take place at the Derby court.

Derby Daily Telegraph 7 May 1931
The wedding took place at Wirksworth Parish Church yesterday of Miss Constance Ethel BOTHAM, third daughter of Mr and Mrs J.H. BOTHAM, of St John Street, Wirksworth, and Mr Harry FANTOM, only son of Mr and Mrs A. FANTOM, of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding with photograph]

photo of Fantom marriage in 1931

Derby Daily Telegraph 18 May 1931
100 years ago
The schoolmaster of Crich, a Mr WALKER, received a letter, says the “Reporter”, from some conscience-smitten pupil, who wrote: “When I was a scholar in your school, I was so much under the influence of Satan that I dared to pay you a sixpence that was bad.” He enclosed a sixpence and an extra threepence by way of interest. “Mr WAKER” the story continues, “immediately purchased nine penny loaves, which were distributed among as many poor persons, and thankfully received.”
[Note: At that time Mr WALKER was headmaster of a private school on Crich Common]

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 May 1931
Suffering from a knee injury, Agnes COWLISHAW, aged 49, of Crich Common, was admitted to the Infirmary, last night, it was the result of a fall at home.

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 June 1931
Leah Mary, dearly loved wife of J.H. CURTIS, 65, Burnaby Street, Alvaston (late of Crich), passed away June 11, 1931. Service at Pear Tree Baptist 2.30, Saturday, June 13, before proceeding to Nottingham Road Cemetery.

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 June 1931
The funeral took place at Crich churchyard on Saturday of Mrs Sarah WOOD, who died at her home, Rock Terrace, Crich, at the age of 52.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 June 1931
Mr Robert Henry SEALS, farmer of the Common, Crich, died in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, yesterday. Mr SEALS lent a field for Crich Hospital Carnival on Saturday, and he was taken to Derby while the procession was parading the village.

Derby Daily Telegraph 1 July 1931
Children’s fancy dress parade, a baby show and country dancing were features of Normanton St Giles Church, Derby, annual fête, held today in the picturesque grounds of Park Hill, by permission of Mr and Mrs GRIMES. Miss AUSTIN, of Crich, opened the fete and Mr F.W.HAMPSHIRE presided. “I am sure you will agree that the AUSTIN family have left an everlasting monument of goodness and generosity in Normanton,” said t he Rev R. PRICE.
[ Note: this was one of a great many similar reports of Miss AUSTIN opening events in the locality during 1931 and 1932]

Derby Daily Telegraph 11 July 1931
A note asking his father and mother not to worry was left by Harry BATEMAN, aged 16, of The Van, Town End, Crich, before he disappeared. Nothing has been heard of the boy since Thursday afternoon, and Mr and Mrs H. BATEMAN , his parents, told a “Derby Telegraph” representative that they were beginning to feel the strain of the suspense. Derbyshire County police have been informed, and it is with their help that the only clue has been found. An officer on duty in Matlock saw a boy answering Harry’s description cycling towards Bakewell and our after he is believed to have left Crich. Mrs BATEMAN said she left home on a visit on Thursday afternoon, and when she returned the two younger children had found a note from Harry. It asked them not to worry, and added that he had plenty of food but no money.
“Harry is small, not more than five feet tall, and is wearing his grey tweed working suit with long trousers, a grey cap and black boots,” said MrsBATEMAN. “He had taken some clean clothes in a newspaper delivery bag.” She added. “He also had an old bicycle without a front mudguard.”
Mr BATEMAN , who is a labourer working on Ambergate rail widening scheme, stated that his son had been employed by a Crich newsagent for twelve months, and was a bright intelligent boy capable of looking after himself. He thought that he might be looking for work on a farm, though we had told someone in the village that he was making for Chesterfield.

Derby Daily Telegraph 13 July 1931
Harry BATEMAN, aged 16, of the Van, Town End, Crich, who disappeared on Thursday, has been found. Mrs BATEMAN told a “Derby Telegraph” representative today that a Whatstandwell man saw Harry at Rowsley yesterday afternoon. He sent a message stating that he was all right and in work, and that he was returning his insurance cards. She and Mr BATEMAN hired a car, and after calling at almost all the farms in Rowsley and Youlgreave districts, they found him last night at a farm near Rowsley. He obtained work there on Thursday evening. A letter containing the insurance cards arrived today. The boy is now living with his grandmother, Mrs SMITH, of Wirksworth, who brought him up until he was 14. Mrs BATEMAN expressed her thanks to the “Derby Telegraph” for the help the paper had given in publishing the boy’s description.

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 July 1931
Cyril CROWDER, of The Common, Crich, who was accused at Belper Police Court yesterday, of stealing 1s belonging to Guy Victor ELSE, an omnibus proprietor at Heage, was fined 4s and ordered to pay £1 1s 3d costs.
CROWDER, who was employed by ELSE as a conductor, said he had been working from 7am to 10.30pm for £1 a week. In reply to Mr John HUNTER, chairman of the bench, CROWDER said he was trying to “get out” of his proprietor what he thought he ought to have been paid. “I have not had 5s” he said. It was stated in evidence that CROWDER kept money received for tickets.

Derby Daily Telegraph 17 July 1931
Aderman Dr MACDONALD, of Crich, who is suffering from a septic thumb is making satisfactory progress, following an operation.

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 July 1931
Mr John Knowle HASSALL, aged 43, of Penrose Cottage Whatstandwell, Crich, whose mutilated body was found on the railway line at Chase Bridge, Ambergate, on Sunday night, was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Ashbey-de-la-Zouch, today.
[there followed an obituary and in later editions a report of the inquest]

Derby Daily Telegraph 25 July 1931
Mr and Mrs John STOCKS, of The Cross, Crich, celebrated their golden wedding today. Mr and Mrs STOCKS were married at Hazlewood Parish Church on July 25, 1881, and lived in the house of Crich which they still occupy. Mr STOCKS, who is aged 78, was born at Crich and belongs to an old Crich family. He began work at the age of eight years and for 20 years worked for the late Mr John HAYNES, builder and contractor, of Crich. He is now employed by Belper Rural Council. Mrs STOCKS, who will be 71 tomorrow, was born at Brailsford and still does all her own housework. They have four sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren. Two of the sons, Albert and Fred, served in the forces during the Great War, Fred being wounded.
[see his sons WW1 records: Albert STOCKS and Fred STOCKS]

Derby Daily Telegraph 4 August 1931
Mr George DABELL, of Bamford Street, Marehay, a motor driver, was married by licence to Miss Doris May ROWE, of Fritchley, Crich, daughter of Mr William ROWE.

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 August 1931
The funeral took place at Crich Churchyard on Saturday of Mrs Dorothy CHELL of Osmaston Park Road, Derby, who died at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on Wednesday, aged 26. Mrs CHELL was a native of Fritchley. Before going to live at Derby she was a teacher at Fritchley Congregational Church Sunday School. Her husband was the organist at the same church.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 25 August 1931
A large stack of hay belonging to Mr Joseph FRITCHLEY, of Home Farm, Crich, was, destroyed by fire yesterday. Workmen saw flames issuing from the stack, and despite prompt measures taken by farm hands, the stack was soon blazing furiously. Lack of adequate fire appliances handicapped the employees, who had to confine their efforts to the fire spreading to outbuildings. In this they were successful.

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 August 1931
Two Crich girls, Ivy GRIFFON, of Mount Cottage, and Winifred BLOUNT, of Windsor House, accused at Belper Police Court yesterday of collecting money for a charitable cause without a permit, at Crich on August 3, were each fined 4s costs. It was explained that they were collecting during a British Legion Parade. They had permission to collect round the stand, but not in the street, where police constable BARKER said he’d seen one of them take money.

Derby Daily Telegraph 19 September 1931
More than 150 babies were entered for the show during Matlock Carnival yesterday.
Baby Show awards – Kenneth HARRIS (Crich) two to 2½ years.

Ripley and Heanor News 9 October 1931
The application of Mr J.W. TAYLOR to run from Whatstandwell to Ripley was granted, but on the route between Crich and Ripley applicant agreed to coordinate his timetable with the Trent Co and Mr G.E. TAYLOR. The chairman warned applicant of the dangerous Crich Hill.
Mr TAYLOR: there is no need. My family have been on it for 100 years.
The Chairman: but they were not going at that speed 100 years ago. Don’t let familiarity breeds contempt.

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 October 1931
The funeral took place at Crich yesterday of Mrs C. BARTON, aged 49, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Aaron COLEMAN, of Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 October 1931
Belper magistrates yesterday dismissed a summons against Mrs Mary PEARSON, of the Rising Sun Inn, Crich, who was alleged to have supplied intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises during non-permitted hours, and against George William PEARSON, her husband, for supplying by servant or agent. Sergeant SYMONDS said he heard voices from the “best” room and in the “snug”. he saw Mrs PEARSON senior and someone else through the blind, and he heard men’s voices discussing football. At 11.30, he said, he heard a man say: “let's have something to drink,” and another said, “let’s toss for it.” The sergeant stated he heard a coin drop. Mr B. MATHER, for the defence, said the men had met for a committee meeting to make arrangements for a dance in aid of Crich F.C. The police had made a perfectly natural mistake, and it was a case of misunderstanding. No drink was sold after hours.

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 November 1931
The funeral took place at Crich, on Saturday of Mr Walter BLACK, who died at Hill Top, Fritchley on Thursday, aged 52. Mr BLACK had resided at Fritchley for 16 years.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 2 December 1931
The funeral of Mr Thomas PIGGIN, aged 39, of Crich, took place at Crich Churchyard yesterday.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

1932 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 9 January 1932
A letter has been received by Crich Parish Council from the Post Office District Manager stating that authority has now been received for a telephone kiosk to be fixed behind the water troughs in the Market Place. The Council have agreed to the site.
[see below for photograph of the troughs and kiosk]

Crich Market Place

Derbyshire Times 16 January 1932
Sympathy has been extended to Mr John T. WALKER, near The Common, Crich, who lies seriously ill at home. Mr WALKER served throughout the Great War, since which he has not had good health. For several years he has carried on business as a nurseryman.
[he is recorded on Crich Roll of Honour: John T. WALKER]

Derbyshire Times 16 January 1932
Congratulations to Mr Edmund T. BURTT, younger son of Mr and Mrs Joseph BURTT, Greenhurst, Crich, who has recently been elected to a scholarship in National Science at King’s College, Cambridge. Mr BURTT was educated at the Friend’s School at Fritchley, Safran Walden and Bootham, Yorks. He was awarded a Derbyshire County Major Scholarship last July. He intends to go to the University next October.

Derbyshire Times 23 January 1932
One of Crich’s best-known residents, Mr William SHIPSTON, died at the age of 62 at his home on Tuesday week. Deceased had lived at the farm near the C. of E. Schools since childhood. He was a native of Crich, being the eldest and last surviving son of the late Mr and Mrs William SHIPSTON, of The Cross, Crich. Mr SHIPSTON had a keen regard for his native village, and in his quiet unassuming way made many lifelong friends, particularly in the farming industry. After a healthy life he had a heart attack about seven months ago, but after a short period he was able to go out about again. He had a second attack, after which he was unable to leave his room. News of his death came as a great shock to his large circle of friends. The SHIPSTON family is one of the oldest in Crich, and there is now only one daughter left. She married Mr Charles WILLMOT and resides near the church.

Derbyshire Times 23 January 1932
The death has occurred at Sheffield of Mr John HARPER, who was an old resident of Crich. Mr HARPER about three weeks ago paid a visit to his native village, where he stayed with his brother, Mr Charles HARPER, The Common, Crich. For many years he resided at Crich and was a member of the old Crich Band.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 January 1932
As revealed in the “Derby Telegraph” yesterday, a Crich man and a Derby family are interested in an estate of £80,000 in South Africa, left by a Derbyshire man who died last year. Further enquiries made by a “Derby Telegraph” representative show that the Crich resident is Mr Samuel BOWER, of the Common Crich, father of Capt S.E. BOWER of Derby.
[there followed a detailed account of Samuel BOWER and his link to the deceased in South Africa]

Derbyshire Times 30 January 1932
See and hear the All-British Picture, “Splinters,” at the Picture House, Crich, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. One long laugh from start to finish for both young and old.
[Note: Splinters was a 1929 British musical comedy based on the stage revue Splinters. It was British & Dominions Film Corporation's first all-talking release filmed entirely in the UK. The revue tells the story of the origin of the concert party Splinters created by UK soldiers in France in 1915]

Derbyshire Times 30 January 1932
The many friends of Mr John T. WALKER, Surgery Lane, Crich, will be pleased to learn that his condition shows improvement. Mr WALKER saw service throughout the war and has not enjoyed the best of health since demobilisation.

Derbyshire Times 13 February 1932
At Belper on Thursday, Herbert HARTSHORN, Crich, was fined 5s for using a motor without the obligatory lights in Matlock Road, Belper on January 31.

Derbyshire Times 20 February 1932
His many friends will learn with regret that Mr John DAVENPORT, of the Town End, Crich, met with an accident on Wednesday while working in the Cliff Quarries, Crich. His right leg was badly crushed by falling rock, and he was taken to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary by Mr J. TAYLOR.

Derbyshire Times 20 February 1932
The funeral took place at Crich on Wednesday of Mr William Edward MEE, Broadholme, Belper. Mr MEE was an old resident of Crich Carr.

Derbyshire Times 20 February 1932
The wedding was solemnised at Milford P.M. Church on Saturday of Mr James CRITCHLOW, son of Mr and Mrs J. CRITCHLOW, Crich, and Miss Edna Anne SPENCER, daughter of Mr and Mrs W. SPENCER, Derby Road, Milford.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 27 February 1932
The wedding took place at Crich Church on Saturday of Miss Fanny Minnie WRAGG, The Common, Crich, and Mr Samuel SPARHAM, Heage.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 5 March 1932
Pc WARREN stated that at 10.15 on February 25 he received information from William Joseph LOWE, Crich Carr, that his cycle had been stolen from behind the Cinema House.
[there followed a report of a subsequent court case]

Derbyshire Times 5 March 1932
The funeral took place at Crich on Wednesday of Miss Elizabeth POYSER (66), who died on Sunday at the Derby Royal Infirmary. Miss POYSER was a native of Crich and resided at Hockley Cottage.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 5 March 1932
His many friends will learn with regret of the illness of Mr John Frederick ALLSOP, Tors Cottage, Crich. Mr ALLSOP was removed to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on Thursday week, and his illness necessitated the amputation of his left foot the following day. Mr ALLSOP is progressing favourably.

Derbyshire Times 5 March 1932
The wedding took place on Saturday of Miss Olive GRATION, the Common Side, Crich, and Mr Josiah SIDDONS, also of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 12 March 1932
Wedding took place on Wednesday at Wirksworth Parish Church of Miss Gladys AUSTIN, elder daughter of Mrs and the late Mr Thomas AUSTIN, Daniel Street, and Mr Ivor LESTER, of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 12 March 1932
Mrs W FANTOM, Park Head, Crich, while crossing the road on The Common, Crich, on Thursday evening last, collided with a cyclist, and sustained concussion and a fracture of the skull. She was conveyed to the home of her sister, Mrs B. GRIFFITHS, who lives nearby, and was attended to by Dr Eileen MACDONALD, Crich. Mrs FANTOM is now progressing very favourably.

Derbyshire Times 12 March 1932
We regret to announce the death at the age of 65 on Sunday, of Mr Samuel TAYLOR, Ridgeway, Ambergate. For many years he was a well-known and respected resident at Crich Carr, and had been employed for 48 years in the Wire Mills, Ambergate.
[there followed a report on the funeral with photograph]

Samuel Taylor photo 1932

Derbyshire Times 12 March 1932
Sympathy will be extended to Mrs BROAD, of the Cinema Bungalow, Crich in the loss of her mother, Mrs Mary T. JOHNSON, late of Holmewood, who died at the the home of her daughter on Tuesday in her 66th year.

Derbyshire Times 19 March 1932
Failing to have a reflecting mirror fitted to a car was the summons preferred against Ewart LESTER, Crich, he was fined 10s.
JamesLESTER, Crich, coal merchant, summoned for permitting the latter offence as the owner of the lorry, was ordered to pay 4s costs.

Derbyshire Times 19 March 1932
The wedding was solemnised at St Peter’s Church, Belper, on Saturday of Mr William Stanley BROCKLEHURST, son of the late Mr and Mrs W. BROCKLEHURST, of Crich, and Miss Eliza Ann HALL, Nottingham Road, Belper.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 9 April 1932
Crich Parish Council held a special meeting on Wednesday, when 18 tenants for the Council houses now in course of erection were chosen. The names are to be submitted to the Belper R.D.C. For confirmation.

Derbyshire Times 9 April 1932
Mr and Mrs Charles STOCKS, 6, East View, Crich Common, celebrated their diamond wedding on Saturday, when there were upwards of 40 guests. Mr STOCKS, who is aged 82, was the eldest son of Mr John STOCKS, who was a baker and grocer in the Market Place, Crich, where Mr C. STOCKS was born. Mrs STOCKS who is aged 80, is the daughter of Mr and Mrs WETTON, of the Old Vicarage, Crich. They were married at Crich Church on April 2, 1872, and have always lived in the village. They have three sons, four daughters, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. At the reception at their home Mr and Mrs STOCKS received many presents and congratulations, including a message from the King and Queen.

Stocks Diamond Wedding photo 1932

Derbyshire Times 9 April 1932
The wedding took place at St Mary’s Church, Crich, on Saturday, of Mr Frederick WALKER, second son of Mr G. WALKER and the late Mrs WALKER, of Milford, and Miss Muriel ASHMAN, second daughter of Councillor and Mrs ASHMAN, School House, Whatstandwell.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 16 April 1932
Mr and Mrs George RODGERS, living at Rose Cottage, Lea, celebrated their golden wedding on Sunday, when a reception at their home was attended by a large number of relatives and friends. Both Mr and Mrs RODGERS are natives of Crich, and the members of their respective families still live in that locality. They left Crich in 1888 to take up duties at Osmaston Parish Church, Derby where after 12 years Mr RODGERS was appointed verger as the present Derby Cathedral. Mr and Mrs RODGERS remained there for 23 years and conducted thousands of visitors through the Cathedral. Mr RODGERS relinquished the position at the cathedral in 1923, and with his wife is now enjoying well-deserved retirement. The many friends of Mr and Mrs RODGERS will wish them continued good health.

Ripley and Heanor News 22 April 1932
Leonard BERRESFORD and Samuel BOWN, trading asBOWN and BERRESFORD, of Cliff Inn , Crich, were summoned for being the owners of a vehicle which carried excessive weight on Derby Road, Denby, on 21st March. Evidence showed that the vehicle was carrying two tons, 18 cwt overweight. Find 15s.

Derbyshire Times 23 April 1932
The egg collection for Derbyshire Royal Infirmary by scholars of Fritchley C.E. Schools resulted in 508 eggs being sent to the above institution.

Derbyshire Times 28 May 1932
Empire Day was celebrated at Crich C. of E. School. The children were addressed by the headmaster (Mr Joseph HAYWOOD) on the meaning of Empire, and the service was conducted by the vicar (the Rev H.E. JONES) Mrs JONES presented Empire Day medals, provided by Mr Maurice DEACON, to the younger children. Miss HAYWOOD attended the service.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 April 1932
A centre of the Derbyshire branch of the English Folk Dance and Song Society was formed at Crich last night. The decision was reached after the Ripley centre had given a demonstration of folk dancing in the church schools. Mrs Stella HAYWOOD was appointed secretary of the new centre, and the first class will be held next Wednesday.

Derbyshire Times 30 April 1932
A former member of the Crich Parish Council, Mr William SAINT, aged 58, of Somercotes Hill, Somercotes, died on Tuesday after a long illness. He took a keen interest in Local Government and rendered useful service at Crich for several years. For eight years he was licensee of the Lord Nelson Inn, Bull Bridge.
[there followed a brief obituary] and photograph]

William Saint photo 1932

Derbyshire Times 30 April 1932
The marriage took place at Crich on Saturday of Mr Harry WILSON, only son of Mrs CHARLES, Ellesmere, Shropshire, and Miss Mary Irene DAWES “The Bower” Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 30 April 1932
At the preparatory examination of the London Trinity College of Music in March, the following candidates from Crich were successful. – Mollie DAVIDSON, 76 marks; Alice May LITCHFIELD, 75; and Eileen SIMMONS, 75.

Derbyshire Times 18 June 1932
Crich Miners’ Welfare Institute is being enlarged and it is computed that the large room of the new wing will seat about 150 persons. Electric light is also being installed. Mr John SOUTHERN (manager of Wingfield Manor Colliery), where most of the Crich miners are employed, has consented to perform the opening ceremony on July 23. Mr W MARTIN is the Welfare secretary.
[Note: the building used to be the Crich Reading Rooms: Crich Reading Rooms and Miners’ Wefare)

Derby Daily Telegraph 1 July 1932
Forty-five floral tributes were placed on the grave of Mrs L.H. GRIFFITH, of the Dimple, Crich, when the funeral was held yesterday. Mrs GRIFFITH , who was a well-known Church worker in the district, being for many years leader of the Crich Girls Guild and the Ladies Working Party, died at the age of 67.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 8 July 1932
Saturday, July 23 – Official Opening of Crich Miners' Welfare, Tea and Whist Drive and Dance

Derbyshire Times 16 July 1932
Mrs Ellen DUNN, “The Tors”, Crich, has received many congratulations on the celebration of her 90th birthday on Monday. It was also characterised by a happy gesture on the part of the children attending Crich C. of E. School, who, under the direction of Mr J. HAYWOOD (headmaster), Miss HAYWOOD and Miss WOOTON, made a special journey to “The Tors” and gave displays of maypole and country dancing, etc, hearty cheers and expressed birthday wishes in which the staff joined.
[A full report followed; view a history of her late husband Dr DUNN: DUNN History]

Derby Daily Telegraph 22 July 1932
The funeral of Mr William POUNDALL (86), who died at the home of his daughter Mrs CAULDWELL, of Crich, took place at Crich Churchyard yesterday.
[There followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 23 July 1932
Leonard ROTHERHAM, son of Mr B. ROTHERHAM, Park Head, Crich has passed his examination at the University of London in inorganic chemistry, and has been awarded a medal.

Derbyshire Times 23 July 1932
Mr Philip DERBYSHIRE, The Green, Fritchley, was involved in a motor collision Wirksworth on Tuesday, and was conveyed to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary with an injury to his leg.

Derbyshire Times 23 July 1932
The death took place on Monday of Mrs Katherine SMITH, wife of Mr George SMITH, Fern Side, Fritchley, at the age of 78. She was a member of the Society of Friends and had lived in the village of many years.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 July 1932
At the local examination of the London Trinity College of Music, the following Crich pupils were successful: E. SYMONDS, A.M. LITCHFIELD, M. DAVIDSON, A.G. SMITH, O. DERBYSHIRE, M. SMITH, and J. BARBER; Jean EXTON, of Crich, has also passed with honours in the examination in theory held at Derby under the auspices of the T.C.L. (London).

Derbyshire Times 30 July 1932
Official Opening by Mr J SOUTHERN at Crich
Crich Miners’ Welfare has been enlarged at a cost of £136. It is now possible for 100 to dance in the room upstairs. New outdoor premises have been built, a radiogram installed and additional provision made for games and a library. The official opening ceremony was on Saturday, when councillor S.J. LYNAM, Fritchley, took a great interest to the hall before the welfare movement secured it in 1922, presided and introduced Mr John SOUTHERN, manager of Wingfield Manor Colliery and chairman of South Wingfield Miners’ Welfare, who unlocked the door and declared the Welfare Hall open. Inside the hall Mr SOUTHERN was supported by Mr E. OVERTON and Mr H. HICKEN president and secretary respectively of the DMA. Messrs J.S. SQUIRE (South Wingfield Welfare), H.V. ROLLINSON, W. FOX (representing the Welfare Tutorial Class) G.G. SMITH, Mrs F.J. LYNAM, Mrs J. SOUTHERN, Mr J. RILEY (President Crich Welfare), and Mr H.W. MARTIN (secretary). Mr WTE Curzon represented Crich Comrades Club, the rooms had been decorated by Mr H.W. MARTIN and others.

Derby Daily Telegraph 4 August 1932
Floral tributes from the Wesleyan Sunday school church school teachers and scholars were placed on the grave of Winnie Joan CRITCHLOW, only child of Mr and Mrs J. CRITCHLOW, Wesleyan Hill, Crich, whose funeral took place at Crich Parish Church.

Ripley and Heanor News 5 August 1932
DEATHS – On July 29, at Chapel Lane, Crich, Winifred Joan, daughter of John and Jane CRITCHLOW, aged four years and nine months.

Derbyshire Times 20 August 1932
The death took place on Saturday of Mr Benjamin TAYLOR (45), The Cottage, Plaistow Green, Crich, who was well-known locally as a footballer. For many years he was a miner at Oakerthorpe Colliery, but for the last six years he has been employed by the Derbyshire Fluor Spar Co. at Crich Cliff. He leaves a widow and five children.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 August 1932
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Church of Mr Joseph G. JENKINSON, the Common, Crich, the Rev M. RAPSON, of Ambergate, officiating. Mr JENKINSON was 93 years of age, and was the oldest resident in Crich. He leaves a widow, aged 81 years.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 27 August 1932
Miss Constance Irene CARPENTER, only daughter of Mr and Mrs E.J. CARPENTER, Manor View, South Wingfield was married on Saturday at South Wingfield Church to Mr Percy SAYLES, eldest son of Mr and Mrs F. SAYLES, Hilltop Farm, Moorwood Moor.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 27 August 1932
Mrs Hannah BARTLETT, wife of Mr A. BARTLETT, Mill House, Sodom, near Lea, died on Thursday. Mr BARTLETT is recovering from a severe illness.

Derbyshire Times 3 September 1932
The interment took place on Thursday week at Crich St Mary’s Church of Mr Joseph Graham JENKINSON, of The Common, Crich, who passed away at his home on Tuesday week. The deceased who was 93 years of age was the oldest Crich resident, and he was an old lead miner of Wakebridge, in the Crich district. He had a vivid memory of the early days in Crich and could remember three Crich Stands. The first Stand according to his statement was a wooden one, and as a youth he could remember assisting in its removal. Later another Stand was erected, which stood for many years as a landmark in Crich, and then the present Stand, which serves as a memorial to the Sherwoods was built. Mr JENKINSON could also remember donkeys coming to Crich with coal from Staffordshire, and taking lime back again in exchange for the “black diamonds.” His widow, Mrs JENKINSON, who is 81 years of age, is still able to read “The Derbyshire Times”, and she still plies the needle. Mr JENKINSON lived at the “Fish” House at Wheatcroft for half a century.
[there followed a report of the funeral with photograph]

Joseph Jenkinson photo 1932

Derby Daily Telegraph 8 September 1932
The funeral of Mrs Iris H. GOADBY (25) wife of Mr W. GOADBY, of Ambergate, and daughter of Mr and Mrs A. HASLAM, Crich, took place as the parish churchyard, Crich yesterday. The service was held in the Baptist Church, and was conducted by Mr William RICKWOOD, Derby.
[a report of the funeral followed]

Derbyshire Times 10 September 1932
Mrs Iris Helen GOADBY, wife of Mr William Henry GOADBY, Ambergate, and elder daughter of Mr Alfred HASLAM, clerk to the Crich Parish Council and Mrs HASLAM, “Tors Wood’, Crich, passed away on Saturday evening in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary after three days illness. The parents who had been on holiday, immediately returned home on hearing of her serious condition and arrived at the Infirmary about two hours before her death. The news of her unexpected passing cast a gloom over the district, where she was so well known and esteemed. The deceased was a former chorister at Crich Baptist Church and had passed through the Sunday School, where her father was a leading member and official. Only 25 years of age, deceased leaves a husband and a young child, to whom along with the parents, sympathy is extended.
[there followed a report of the funeral with photograph]

Iris Goadby photo 1932

Derbyshire Times 17 September 1932
The wedding took place at Middleton Church on Saturday, of Miss Ethel EVANS, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs E. EVANS , Water Lane, Middleton, and Mr Cyril DUFFIELD, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 24 September 1932
The wedding was solemnised on Saturday at Crich Parish Church of Mr Thomas TAYLOR, youngest son of Mr and Mrs S.A. TAYLOR, Manor Road, South Wingfield, and Miss Jessie SMITH, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs G, SMITH, Market Place, Crich
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 September 1932
At Crich Parish Church on Saturday police constable Bertram HAYES, son of Mr and Mrs J. HAYES, of Crich, and Miss H. Doris GINNIS, of Manchester, were married.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 October 1932
The funeral of Mrs B.STOCKS (81), wife of Mr C. STOCKS, of Crich Common, took place yesterday at Crich Parish Church.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 19 October 1932
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich parish church of Mr Robert W. HEAPPEY (54), of Crich, who died by the roadside on Friday at Ambergate while on his way to Belper to draw his unemployment pay. There were many floral tributes, including one from his fellow quarry workers of the Clay Cross Co in which he had been employed about ?[unclear] years.

Derbyshire Times 22 October 1932
Mr Robert William HEAPPEY, aged 54, of North View, Crich, died on the roadside at Ambergate on Friday. He left home apparently in good health to go to Belper to draw his unemployment pay. He called on his way at the Clay Cross offices at Ambergate, and was told he could commence work on Monday. He was employed at the Clay Cross Company quarry at Crich, but had been out of work for about six months. It is thought that the excitement of being able to start work again may have been a factor in the cause of his death. At any rate, he was found dying against a wall on the roadside. The facts were reported, but it was not deemed necessary to hold an inquest. Mr HEAPPEY commenced work at the Crich quarry at the age of 13, and had been employed all his life by the same company. Sympathy is extended to widow and family.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire times 22 October 1932
In loving memory of Hilda, the beloved daughter of Ellen and Arthur LUDLAM, Edge Farm, Crich, who died October 22, 1925.
We are just a sunset nearer
Each time the daylight fades
In God’s good time we shall meet again
From mother, father and family

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 October 1932
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Church of Mr George HARRISON (69), of Crich Carr. He was a road foreman under the County Council until his retirement.

Derby Daily Telegraph 3 November 1932
The funeral of Miss Emma FLINT (30), of Chapel Houses, Market Place, Crich, took place at Crich Parish Churchyard yesterday. She was superintendent of Crich Methodist Sunday school, and a church worker.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 5 November 1932
In affectionate remembrance of a devoted husband and father, Alfred MERCER, of Crich, who died November 6, 1930.
From his loving Wife, Bert andDorrie.
To dear grandpa from Michael
“To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die.”

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 December 1932
A complaint regarding the postal services in Crich and district was made at the Parish Council meeting at Crich last night. Mr E. WATKINS said no collection of letters at Fritchley took place from Saturday noon until Monday noon, and he wanted the postal authorities to collect letters later on Saturday or on Sunday. Mr J.H. HUMPHRIES said that on the afternoon delivery at Crich letters were delivered only to houses actually on the main road. There was no delivery to any house off the main road, even if it was only a few yards. He thought the Postal Service Crich was very unsatisfactory. it was decided to ask the postal authorities to make additional collections on Saturdays at Fritchley and to make a delivery for the whole of Crich in the afternoon.

Derby Daily Telegraph 7 December 1932
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Church, of Mr James KEY (56), Bull Bridge, near Crich, who died last weekend in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. For 16 years Mr KEY was an engine driver in Ceylon under the Ceylon Government. During his stay there he was the driver of a special train conveying the Prince of Wales when he paid a visit to Ceylon. He was the secretary of the Fritchley Garden and Allotment Society.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 November 1932
The funeral took place yesterday at Crich Parish Churchyard of Mr William BRADLEY (64), of Fritchley. The Rev H.E. JONES (vicar) conducted at the service and Mr A. ALLEN represented the Clay Cross Company Lime Works, where Mr TAYLOR had been a workman for a number of years.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 12 November 1932
Another landslip at Crich. The limestone cliff at Crich, so larger portion of which fell in July last, is again moving, and is causing considerable excitement and alarm in the village. A larger fissure has appeared along the entire length of a footpath running through a field on the lower side of the hill, while in another field near the Wakefield lead mine, a very large mound seven or eight feet high has been forced up, a building and a wall have fallen, and the Turnpike Road has been forced three feet out of its course. Very little has, as yet, fallen from the cliff itself and the movement is almost entirely an underground one. The Clay Cross Company have communicated with the Surveyor of Highways and called his attention to the fact, urging him properly to take all precautions for the public safety. It is feared a very serious eruption of the road may at any moment take place from the pressure of the limestone upon the shale. The cliff is now carefully watched night and day.

Derbyshire Times 12 November 1932
In the burial ground attached to the Furnace Society of Friends Meeting House, the funeral took place, after a service in the Meeting House, of Miss Caroline BURTT, Pine Bank, The Common, Crich, who died at the age of 62. Miss BURTT was actively connected with Fritchley Women’s Class, and, as a lay preacher, had conducted services at the local Non—conformist Churches.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 12 November 1932
A native of Crich, Mr Samuel COWLISHAW, died on Thursday week in his 84th year.

Derbyshire Times 12 November 1932
A native of Crich, Mr J. LYNAM, aged 76, Victoria Road, Ripley, died on Monday. He had been employed at the old Ford’s Colliery and later at the Butterly Company Britain Colliery. His wife died seven years ago. He leaves three sons and six daughters.
[there followed a report of his funeral]

Derbyshire Times 19 November 1932
A man of many accomplishments, Mr John RICHARDS, aged 81 years, Hammersmith, Ripley, died on Tuesday. He had been failing in health for a month. A Crich man, he was a stockinger by trade and worked his own frame at Crich, together with his father. He was a staunch Conservative, a clever photographer, and a keen poultry and dog fancier. Before coming to Hartshay 17 years ago he resided at Crich, Fritchley and Hartshay. He had been employed for more than 20 years at Butterly Company’s Butterly Boiler Yard before he retired 11 years ago. He is survived by the widow and one daughter.

Derbyshire Times 26 November 1932
The Rev R.W. ELLIS conducted a service in Ripley Parish Church before the burial of Mr John RICHARDS (81), 5 Hammersmith, in the cemetery on Saturday. Mr RICHARDS was a native of Crich are known in Fritchley and Hartshay.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 26 November 1932
While on a visit to relatives at Beeston, Notts, the death occurred suddenly on Sunday of Mrs Sarah Edith Howard SLACK, widow of Mr S. SLACK of Bull Bridge, Crich. For several years Mrs SLACK , who is 83 years of age, has lived at Park Mount, Belper with her son in law and daughter, Mr and Mrs C. BLACKHAM.

Derbyshire Times 10 December 1932
A message of sympathy was sent to Mrs T. BUNTING, Crich Carr, whose husband is seriously ill.

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 December 1932
Alvin Hallam REEVE, Bull Bridge, Crich, was fined 5s for using a motorcycle without a rear light at Crich.
Percy SHARDLOW, Wheatcroft, Crich, was fined 5s for using an unlicensed motorcycle, and £1 for not being licensed against third party risks. His licence was not suspended.

Derby Daily Telegraph 23 December 1932
Miss ALLIN, headmistress of Crich Council School, has completed 40 years service as a teacher, congratulations having been extended to her on her record by the headmaster, Mr A. DAY, and by various schoolchildren’s parents.
[Note: in subsequent reports she was not recorded as headmistress, but as teacher]

Derbyshire Times 24 December 1932
Crich Council School was lighted with electricity for the first time on Tuesday.

Derbyshire Times 31 December 1932
At Lady Glenorchy Church, Matlock Bath, Mr Joseph King BAGSHAW, South Park, Darley Dale, was married to Miss Ethel J. LITTLEWOOD, Crich. The ceremony was kept quiet, and was witnessed only by a few friends. Mr and Mrs BAGSHAW will reside at Darley Dale.

Derbyshire Times 31 December 1932
Miss Eva Lynn Daisy HARRISON, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs George HARRISON, Fountain House, Middleton, was married to Mr Thomas WILLIAMSON, second son of Mrs WILLIAMSON and the late Mr W. WILLIAMSON, White House Farm, Plaistow Green, Crich, at Middleton church on Saturday.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 31 December 1932
Mrs M.O. BROAD, proprietress of Crich Picture House, gave a free Christmas matinee on Saturday to 250 children

Derbyshire Times 31 December 1932
Merry peals were rung on Crich Church bells on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning under the leadership of Mr W. DRAKE