News Snippets for 1937–1939

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for the period 1937 to 1939

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:

ALLEN CAMPION HASLAM LYNAM SIDDONS
ALLSOP COLEMAN HAWLEY MARTIN SMITH
ANDERSON COWLISHAW HAYWOOD MASON SPENDLOVE
ARGYLE CRITCHLOW HEAPPY NICHOLLS STOCKS
ASHMAN CROWDER HEWITT NUTTALL TAYLOR
ASHTON CUMBERLAND HEY PARKS THORPE
BALDWIN DAVENPORT HICKMAN PERRY TOMES
BARKER DAVIDSON HOLDEN PLATTS TURNER
BARNES DAWES HOLMES POOLEY WAGSTAFFE
BEIGHTON DAY HOPKINSON PORTER WALLACE
BLACKHAM DEACON HOWITT POYSER WALTERS
BOAG DOWLER HUMPHREY PRICE WARING
BONNINGTON DUFFIELD HURT PYE WHITE
BOOTH DYSON HYDE ROBINSON WILDGOOSE
BOWER EDWARDS JONES ROLLINSON WILSON
BOWLER ELLIOTT KIRK ROWE WOOLLEY
BREED GODFREY KNEEBONE SELF WORTH
BURT GRIFFIN KNOWLES SHACKLOCK WRAGG
BURTT HAMILTON LEE SHAW  
BYARD HANSON LUDLAM SHORT  

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 sports reports, Crich water shortage and Crich Parish Council meetings which have not been transcribed.

1937 newspapers

Ripley and Heanor News 1 January 1937
On Saturday last the marriage took place at Crich Parish Church, of Miss Doris CROWDER, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Herbert CROWDER, of Chapel Row, Crich, and Mr Arnold STOCKS, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Samuel STOCKS, of 17 Cromford Road, Ripley.
[there followed a report of the wedding]
After the ceremony the reception was held at the Parish Room, Crich, where about 40 guests were entertained. The happy pair were recipients of many useful presents, including several from the bride’s workmates at Lea Mills.

Derbyshire Times 1 January 1937
The marriage took place at the Crich Parish Church of Mr William Ernest KNOWLES, son of Mr and Mrs C. KNOWLES, Rose Cottage, Ambergate, and Miss Louisa BERRISFORD, daughter of Mrs and the late Mr J. BERRISFORD, “Dunrovan”, Crich Carr.

Derbyshire Times 1 January 1937
The death occurred yesterday (Thursday) morning of Mrs Ellen HOPKINSON, age 47 years, wife of Mr J.H. HOPKINSON, shoesmith and farmer, Woodhead, Clay Cross. Mrs HOPKINSON was born in Crich, and came to Woodhead upon her marriage to Mr HOPKINSON. She was an active church worker.

Derbyshire Times 8 January 1937
Treasured memories of a dear husband and father Joseph BEIGHTON, Dial Farm, Crich, who passed away January 6, 1934.
“Worthy of everlasting remembrance”
Wife, Daughter, Father, Brothers, Sisters.

Ripley and Heanor News 29 January 1937
The interment took place in Crich Churchyard last Saturday of Mr W.T. COWLISHAW, of The Common, Crich, who died at his home on Wednesday at 81 years of age. He was active up to a few days of his death. He was chairman of the Crich Council School managers, and for many years associated with the Baptist Church, where he was senior Deacon, treasurer and trustee. He was also chairman of Crich Cricket Club. He retired 15 years ago after nearly 50 years of service with the Midland Railway Company. When he retired he was chief clerk at Nottingham.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 29 January 1937
A parish meeting at Crich on Monday night, presided over by Mr J.H. DAWES (chairman of the Council), agreed to a levy equal to 2d rate for Coronation Festivities, which will realise £146. It was stated that Mr Maurice DEACON of Chase Cliffe, Whatstandwell, proposed to present every school child in the parish with a Coronation medal on or before the day. The following programme of events was approved: All children up to school leaving age to be entertained to tea, tea for the unemployed and old age pensioners, open-air united service, tobacco and cigarettes for ex-service men, and bonfire and fireworks display at The Cliff. Crich and Whatstandwell Bands are to be engaged and it was decided to present every child with a souvenir, the form of which will be decided by the Committee. Mr J. HAYWOOD was appointed to assist Mr A. HASLAM in the secretarial work.
[there followed a list of committee members]

Ripley and Heanor News 26 February 1937
Reginald HAMILTON (55) a miner, of The Common, Crich, was killed instantly by a fall of bind at Oakerthorpe Colliery early yesterday (Thursday). HAMILTON, who was married, with a family, was working at the conveyor face when the fall occurred, and he was buried.

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 February 1937
Reference to the fatal connection of a family of miners to Wingfield Manor Colliery was made at the inquest at Cornhill House, Alfreton, today on Reginald HAMBLEDON (55), a miner, of The Common, Crich, who was killed at that colliery yesterday morning.
Representing the Derbyshire Miners' Association, Mr John SPENCER observed that HAMBLEDON’s grandfather, son, and grandson had been killed while working at that colliery. James HAWLEY, a miner, of Fishpond Farm, Crich, said that he was working on the night shift at the conveyor face with HAMBLEDON when the accident occurred.
[there followed a report of the inquest which returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” with the opinion that no blame for the accident could be attached to anyone]

Derby Daily Telegraph 26 February 1937
That a fall of rock was due to frost and rain getting into the sand bed and loosening the stone, was a theory advanced at the inquest at Crich today on Frederick James WRAGG (35), of Rock-terrace, Crich, who was killed at Crich Cliff Quarry on Tuesday.
[there followed a report of the inquest]

Ripley and Heanor News 26 February 1937
One quarrymen was killed and another injured by a fall of Rock at Crich Cliff Quarry, owned by the Clay Cross Company on Tuesday. Frederick J. WRAGG, of Rock Terrace, Crich, was killed instantly. The man injured is Daniel DAVENPORT, of Hat Factory Road, Fritchley, who was taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The accident occurred during drilling operations, in which DAVENPORT was operating the drill. A fall of rock crushed both men.

Ripley and Heanor News 26 February 1937
Sympathy has been expressed to Mrs MEE, of “Hawthorn,” Heath Road, in the death of her sister Mrs Florence BALDWIN, of Wheatcroft, whilst on a visit to Ripley last Tuesday week. Mrs BALDWIN who was 56 years of age, had been in failing health for the past two years. The interment took place in Crich Churchyard on Saturday, following a service in Crich Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev John [unclear] (pastor of Ripley Baptist Church). There was a large attendance of relatives and friends, most of whom laid floral tributes.

Derby Daily Telegraph 1 March 1937
The funeral took place on Saturday at Crich Parish Church of Mr Frederick James WRAGG (35), of Rock-Terrace, Crich, who was killed last Tuesday at Crich Quarry by a fall of rock. Before the interment service was conducted at the Mount Tabor Methodist Church, where Mr WRAGG was a trustee and Sunday School Superintendent. Scholars and teachers attended from the Mount Tabor Sunday School, and members from the Mount Tabor Church and the Trinity and Wesley and Baptist Churches.

Derbyshire Times 5 March 1937
News has come to hand of the death in South Africa of Mr Percy Fritchley WAGSTAFFE, formerly of Fish Pond Farm, Crich, who will be remembered by many of the older residents of Crich, Ambergate and Belper.
[there followed a brief obituary]

Derby Daily Telegraph 5 March 1937
Geoffrey DAWES, head boy, of Crich, last year won the County major scholarship and has been accepted by the Cambridge University to begin studying there next autumn. His father Mr J.H. DAWES, is chairman of the Crich Parish Council and in his early days was a pupil of Wirksworth Grammar School, when that school was a building in the old churchyard, with Mr DERRIDGE as its headmaster.
[there followed a history of J.H. DAWES education at Wirksworth]
Mr and Mrs DAWES have three sons, two of them at the Belper School and the other one learning the grocery trade at Crich, which village has been the home of several generations of the DAWES family, many of whom have been quite famous for their musical talent.
[Note: Dr Geoff Dawes became a well-known local historian with several books about Crich Parish and its history to his name. He was a Crich Church bellringer with the webmaster and his influence is largely responsible for this website]

J H Dawes photo 1937

Derbyshire Times 19 March 1937
All persons having claims against the Estate of Mary Phoebe SHAW late of the Black Swan Hotel, Crich in the county of Derby, widow formerly of 7 Avenham Grove Blackpool who died on the eighth day of July 1936 and whose will with one codicil thereto was proved on the ninth day of September 1936 are required to send written particulars to the undersigned by the 29 May 1937.

Derbyshire Times 2 April 1937
A Whatstandwell grocer George HOWITT (22) Coddington Lane, was at Belper yesterday (Thursday) fined 5s for failing to conform to a traffic sign at Belper.

Derbyshire Times 2 April 1937
During Easter, numerous people have visited the farm of Mr T. KNOWLES, Church View, Crich, to see what has become known as the “Coronation Calf”. The calf now three weeks old, has three distinct colours – red, white and blue, and farmers declare that they have never seen or heard of such colouring before.

Derbyshire Times 2 April 1937
Pleading guilty at Belper yesterday (Thursday) to stealing a sack of sawdust belonging to James LYNAM, Crich, George Tomlinson DUFFIELD, miner, Sun Lane, Crich, was fined £1. It was stated that the bag of sawdust was left by the side of the road for a few minutes and it disappeared.

Derby Daily Telegraph 15 April 1937
Sixty-five people were accused at Belper Police Court today of keeping dogs without licences. Fines of 7s 6d were imposed on the following:
Eric STOCKS (22), dairyman, of The Dimple, Crich; Albert SMITH (28), of The Common, Crich; N.HOLDEN (58), of Dial-yard, Crich; Sam LYNAM (39), butcher, of The Green, Fritchley; James TURNER (56), gardener, of Wheatcroft, Crich; Willie DAWES (22), motor-driver, of Mansion House, Crich; John Isaac WOOLLEY (39), warden of Memorial Bungalow, Crich; Claris PARKS (42), of Park Head, Crich; James Freeman THORPE (46), farmer, of Manor Farm Wheatcroft, Crich; J. Edward MARTIN (46), barber, of Market-place, Crich; Cyril Ben GODFREY (67), nurseryman, of The Bungalow, Whatstandwell.

Ripley and Heanor News 16 April 1937
The wedding was quietly solemnised at Ripley Wesley Methodist Church on Saturday morning of Mr Robert TRAVIS, a son of Mr and Mrs J. TRAVIS, of 3, Norman Road, Ripley, and Miss Edna KNEEBONE, daughter of Mr and Mrs G. KNEEBONE of The Common, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 30 April 1937
The death of Mr William Bernard SHAW, aged 56, of the Black Swan Hotel, Crich, occurred on Sunday. Mr SHAW originated from Ashleyhay and Alderwasley. Later he moved to Matlock where he served on numerous charity organisations and sports committees. He owned and managed the Holt Quarries, Matlock, until he came to Crich take charge of the Black Swan Hotel. Mr SHAW who has been ill for three months, leaves a widow and three children. It was owing to his activity that Matlock Charity Carnival was revived during the Great War. Whilst he lived in Crich his activities included the presidency of the Black Swan Homing Society and vice president of Crich C.C. His grandfather Mr John SHAW of Wirksworth was the pioneer of the limestone quarrying in that district. The interment took place in Crich Parish Churchyard on Wednesday.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 4 May 1937
News has been received from Christchurch, New Zealand, of the death of, who in his County Cricket days in England accomplished some wonderful bowling performances. He was born at Crich 75 years ago, by virtue of which he played for Derbyshire for a couple of seasons.
[there followed a brief biography: read more about Frank SHACKLOCK]

Derby Daily Telegraph 11 May 1937
Scholars at the Church of England Schools, Crich, were presented with Coronation medals today by Mr and Mrs Maurice DEACON, of Chase Cliffe, Whatstandwell. New threepenny pieces were given to the scholars by Mr J. HAYWOOD, the headmaster and Miss S. HAYWOOD. Medals were also presented to the staff of the school.

Derby Daily Telegraph 12 May 1937
MARRIAGES: on May 11, at All Saints, Alderwasley, Thomas, son of Mr and Mrs WILSON, Belper, to Mabel daughter of Mr and Mrs HEWITT, of Crich.

Derbyshire Times 21 May 1937
The wedding took place at St Peter’s Church, Belper, on Saturday, of Miss Mary PERRY, daughter of Mr and Mrs W. PERRY, Town End, Crich, and Mr Samuel BLOUNT, son of Mr and Mrs S. BLOUNT, Broadholme Lane, Belper.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 28 May 1937
Crich King and Queen of Carnival, Mr Ernest L. BURT, Chapel Lane, and Miss Dorothy BARKER, Home Dene, Fritchley, were appointed by ballot at the Coronation dance. The Carnival is on June 26.

1937carniva King and Quenn
Ernest BURT and Dorothy BARKER

Derbyshire Times 28 May 1937
For Sale: Fish and Chip Business at Crich – James HAWLEY, Fish Pond, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 28 May 1937
MARRIAGES: on Whit Saturday, at South Wingfield All Saints Church, Harold KNOWLES, of Crich, to Mary HUNT, of South Wingfield.

Derbyshire Times 28 May 1937
In loving memory of our dear mother, Eliza HOLMES, Town End, Crich who passed away May 25, 1935
“Always remembered” .

Ripley and Heanor News 4 June 1937
William WARING, of Old Vicarage Lane, Crich, was fined £3 at Matlock on Wednesday for exceeding 20 mph with a heavy lorry at Cromford on May 3. Previous convictions were proved.
[Note: £3 in 1937 roughly equates to £150 in 2022]

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 June 1937
George DOWLER (22), labourer, of The Common, Crich, was fined 7s 6d for riding a bicycle without a red rear light at Heage on May 14.

Ripley and Heanor News 11 June 1937
A pretty wedding was solemnised at St Anne’s Church Ambergate, when Miss Dorothy COOPER, daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry COOPER, of the “Woodlands” New Bridge Road, Ambergate, was married to Mr Edwin DAWES, of the Bower, The Common, Crich. The service was fully choral.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Belper News 11 June 1937
A pupil of the Herbert Strutt School, Belper, John Geoffrey DAWES, Market Place, Crich who recently sat for the scholarship entrance examination of Nottingham University College, has obtained a foundation scholarship award valued at £80 per annum. This success is a considerable distinction for the school, and DAWES, although at present it is doubtful whether he will take up the scholarship since he is also a candidate for a State Scholarship. If he wins a State Scholarship, as he already holds a County Major Scholarship, he may elect to go to Caius College Cambridge.
[slightly edited as three pupils were mentioned, only one from Crich]
Note: in the event Geoff eventually went to Nottingham University.

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 June 1937
Local Airedale Successes: Mr F. BLACKHAM, of Crich, secured a first for the open dog class with Sunny Peter, the same dog also winning second in the puppy class.

Belper News 23 July 1937
The wedding of Miss Florence May ANDERSON, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Alfred ANDERSON, Woodland Villas, Crich, and Mr Archibald GOADBY, Nether Heage, was solemnised in the Crich Mount Tabor Church on Saturday. The bridegroom has being a playing member of Crich United Silver Prize band for a number of years, and also a Sunday School teacher at the Nether Heage Primitive Methodist Church, while the bride has been a teacher at the Mount Tabor Sunday School.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 6 August 1937
A very pretty wedding was a solemnised at St Luke’s Church on Saturday the contracting parties being Miss Mary ENGLAND, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Percy ENGLAND, Park Side, Heage, and Mr Stanley HANSON, youngest son of Mr and Mrs R HANSON, Ash Tree House, Crich Common.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 21 August 1937
The first report on the golden wedding of Mr and Mrs MARTIN was followed by that in the Ripley and Heanor News dated 27 August 1937. The following is edited to only include additional information (from the other article) and photograph.
Such good health has been enjoyed by Mr Frank MARTIN, a former member of Crich Parish Council, and Mrs MARTIN of North View, Crich, who celebrated their golden wedding today, that neither has ever needed to obtain medical attention or medicine.
Up till 18 months ago he regularly walked the three miles to work and back again in all weathers, and he still does the outward part of the journey, riding back. To accomplish this he sets out at 6.30 in the morning to begin work at eight o’clock but during his early years with Messrs Smedley’s when his working hours began at six o’clock in the morning, he set out for the mills at 4.30. A great lover of rambling about the lovely surrounding countryside, Mr MARTIN claims an intimate knowledge of the neighbourhood and its footpaths. He confided to a “Telegraph” representative that he will shortly be walking to Derby and back, a total distance of 25 miles, to keep an appointment. For a short time, when eight years of age, Mr MARTIN was a pit-boy at Oakerthorpe, South Wingfield.

Frank Martin photo 1937Mr and Mrs

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 August 1937
Mr Charles PERRY (71) of West Bank, Crich, informed a “Telegraph” representative that for a long time he had held a reputation in the village as a writer of witty poetry concerning incidents in the life of the parish.
[there followed a long history of his life and activities]
Mr PERRY, who will celebrate his golden wedding next January has five sons, four of whom saw war service, and five daughters, also nearly 30 grandchildren.

Ripley and Heanor News 27 August 1937
Tomorrow (Saturday) Mr and Mrs Frank MARTIN, of North View, Crich, celebrate their golden wedding. Mr MARTIN is 75 years of age, and his wife 70. They were married at St Mary’s Church, Crich, in 1887, and have 11 children and 38 grandchildren. A native of Little Bolehill, near Wirksworth, Mr MARTIN has been a resident of Crich since babyhood, while Mrs MARTIN is a native of the parish. Mr MARTIN who is a hosiery worker, has completed 60 years service with Messrs John Smedley Ltd, at Lea Mills, and attributes his surprising vigour to his habitual exercise of walking. Up to 18 months ago he regularly walked the three miles to work and back again, and still does the outward part of the journey, riding back.
[there was another article with additional information and photograph in the Derby Daily Telegraph 21 August 1937]

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 September 1937
Mr Stephen SELF (82), of Sun-Lane, Crich, comes of a line of long-livers, for his father lived to be 94 years of age, and his grandfather to 99 years. Mr SELF according to the health he has enjoyed up till now, bids fair to maintain this record of longevity, but his life was nearly cut short, however, in youth. This occurred when, soon after he had learnt to swim, he lost his nerve in deep water, only to be rescued in the nick of time by a companion. A native of Suffolk, Mr SELF went to work at Crich when a young man as a gardener, thus following the occupation of his father and grandfather. For more than 30 years he was so employed by the Misses HURT, of Chase Cliffe, for whom he used to decorate Crich Parish Church at Christmas time for many years. He was similarly employed at Lea Hurst , the home of Florence Nightingale, for a few years.
Then for 20 years, until he retired at the age of 74, he was employed as roadman by Belper Rural District Council.
A keen exhibitor at Ambergate, Wirksworth, South Wingfield and Holloway Shows, Mr SELF won many prizes with the fruit and vegetables. His biggest success occurr when he surpassed the entries of a number of prominent exhibitors with a bunch of grapes which, he declared, were as big as plums. A drafts and chess enthusiast, Mr SELF belonged to a club at Whatstandwell established for the playing of these games. The club team became supreme in the neighbourhood, and had to go to Derby to be beaten at drafts, but he added proudly, he drew in his games.
Mr SELF, who regularly attended Crich Parish Church, has no interest whatsoever in the dramatic arts. Only once has he attended a cinema, and then he walked out in the middle of the programme, and on a single occasion has he been to a theatrical performance.
For nearly 60 years he has been married, and he has two sons and four daughters living of a family of 12. Mr SELF is still able to do a little gardening.

Derby Daily Telegraph 14 September 1937
The funeral took place at Crich Churchyard last Saturday of Mrs Ann Elizabeth ASHTON (78), of Prospect Terrace, Crich, a well-known Crich Baptist. A native of Crich, she had lived in the village all her life, and had been a member of Crich Baptist Church for many years.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 24 September 1937
Lacerations of the right hand and arm were sustained by Thomas WHITE (21), of School House, Crich, a miner employed by the Clay Cross Co. Ltd., while working at the Clay Cross Colliery on Wednesday. It is stated that his arm became caught in a wire cable. WHITE was taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and detained.

Derbyshire Times 5 November 1937
MARRIAGES: at Crich on November 3, Alfred Louis BROWN, of Littleover, to Elsie BLACKHAM, Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 8 November 1937
There was a long article on the diamond wedding anniversary of Mr and Mrs BOWER, Grove House, with much family history about each of them. A brief announcement was in the Ripley and Heanor News 12 November 1937

Ripley and Heanor News 12 November 1937
Mr and Mrs Samuel BOWER, of Grove House, Crich, celebrated their diamond wedding on Monday. Mr BOWER was formerly chief accountant of the Midland Railway Company, and was chairman of Crich Parish Council and a churchwarden. He is still a manager of the Church of England Schools and Hurt’s Charity.

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 November 1937
The funeral of Mr Thomas PLATTS (66), of Plaistow Green Farm, near Crich, who died at his home on Wednesday, took place at Crich Parish Church on Saturday afternoon. Mr PLATTS visited a spar mine belonging to him on Wednesday, and complained of feeling ill. He collapsed on returning home, and died before the arrival of a doctor. He was well-known in the Crich and South Wingfield district and was an agent of the Pearl Assurance Company for 30 years. He formally attended the South Wingfield Wesley Church where he assisted the choir.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 31 December 1937
Mr and Mrs Edmund NICHOLLS, of West Farm, Plaistow Green, Crich, who were married on December 26, 1887, at Brampton Congregational Church, Chesterfield, on Monday celebrated 50 years of wedded life. Mr NICHOLLS is 73 tomorrow (Saturday) and his wife is 72. They have had seven sons and three daughters. Five of the sons served in the Great War had only one, Mr Sam NICHOLLS, who was in a painting and decorating business at Boythorpe, returned. Of the six children surviving, three live at Chesterfield, one at Hillstown and one at Doncaster. There are 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

1938 newspapers

Derby Daily Telegraph 8 January 1938
Mr John Geoffrey DAWES, son of Mr and Mrs James H. DAWES, of Windsor House, Crich, has passed the University of London examination in science for external students. Before entering Nottingham University he was a pupil at the Herbert Strutt School, Belper.

Ripley and Heanor News 21 January 1938
Mr and Mrs Charles PERRY, of West Bank, Crich, celebrated their golden wedding on Saturday. Mr PERRY was chairman of the old Crich Football Club, and secretary of the Crich United Cricket Club and Crich Horticultural Society, now-defunct. As a boy he was a member of Crich Parish Church choir. He is one of the oldest members of the church. Following an accident home three years ago, Mr PERRY retired. Up till then he had been employed by Messrs John Smedley Ltd, of Lea Mills, near Matlock, for whom he worked for 53 years as a hosiery worker.

Derby Daily Telegraph 24 January 1938
The funeral took place at Crich Parish Church on Saturday of Mr Charles Richard MASON (56), of Mount Cottage, Crich. Mr MASON, who was twice wounded during the war, was a member of the Crich branch of the British Legion. He was a trustee of Crich Comrades Club and for four years carried out the duties of secretary.
[he is on the Crich Roll of Honour: Charles Richard MASON]

Ripley and Heanor News 4 February 1938
[from a rambler's report]
When I returned and walked through the village of Fritchley just after eight o’clock it seemed like a village of the dead, for I saw no living person. The dead ones were up at Crich I believe.

Ripley and Heanor News 18 February 1938
Ripley and Heanor District Freemasonry: Wor. Bro. H.W. EDWARDS, of Crich, was installed Worshipful Master at the annual festival of the Joseph Cook Lodge of Mark Master Masons held at the Town Hall on Friday night.

Derby Daily Telegraph 14 March 1938
Alfred BOWLER (15), of Wesley Chapel-Lane, Crich, was taken to Ripley Hospital today after being in collision with a motor lorry while cycling in Cooperative Sq, Ripley. He is suffering from a crushed foot and shock. His condition this afternoon was stated to be satisfactory.

Ripley and Heanor News 25 March 1938
The interment took place last weekend in Crich Churchyard of Mr William PIGGIN, of Church Cottages, who died earlier in the week at 69 years of age. The Rev E.H. JONES of Crich, and the Rev W. Ord WILSON, of Brampton, officiated. Miss PRICE was the organist. Mr PIGGIN retired several years ago from the office of verger at the church after 21 years of service. For nearly 50 years he was a bellringer and chorister at the church.

Ripley and Heanor News 1 April 1938
Ripley Baptist Church was the scene of the wedding on Saturday of MISS Jennie YATES, daughter of Mr and Mrs U. YATES, of Fearn Avenue, Ripley, and Mr E. SMITH, son of Mr and Mrs F. SMITH of Sandy Lane, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derby Daily Telegraph 29 April 1938
Throughout the week the people of Crich and several small villages nearby have been on the water wagon – for the first time in 37 years. This, at any rate, is the interim period suggested by Mr F.J. LYNAM, a member of the Belper Rural Council and of its Crich Joint Water Committee, who arranged for the wagon to go round to relieve the effects of the drought.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 April 1938
Mr and Mrs W. ALTON, of Darley Abbey, will perform the ceremony of crowning the King and Queen of Crich and Fritchley Hospital Associations annual Gala and Carnival. Mr Harry DAWES , of Fritchley, will be the King, Miss Nancy HASLAM, of Crich, the Queen, Miss Gertie CRITCHLOW the jester, and Misses A. CUMBERLAND and E. LUDLAM the attendants.

Ripley and Heanor News 6 May 1938
A very pretty wedding took place at Crich Church on Saturday last, when Mr Jack HARRISON, second son of Mr and Mrs John HARRISON, of the Guide Post, Nether Heage, was joined in happy matrimony to Miss Ann Ellen BONNINGTON, second daughter of Mr and Mrs J. ARGYLE, of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 10 June 1938
Desmond WRAGG (5), of Central View, Crich, was detained in the Derby Royal Infirmary on Tuesday night with head and leg injuries suffered when he was in collision with a motor van.

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 June 1938
DEATHS: on June 9, at Grove House, Crich, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Samuel BOWER, aged 84 years. Funeral at Crich Parish Church 3 pm Saturday.

Derby Daily Telegraph 11 June 1938
The funeral of Mrs Elizabeth COLEMAN (78), of The Cross, Crich took place at Crich Parish Church. Mrs COLEMAN was a widow and has lived in the same house for nearly half a century.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 17 June 1938
The funeral took place at Crich on Wednesday of Mr Albert Edward ROLLINSON (74), of Railway Side, The Common, Crich, a life-long resident of the village. In his younger days Mr ROLLINSON was well-known stonemason. He was a member of the Crich Strangers Refuge Lodge of Oddfellows.

Ripley and Heanor News 15 July 1938
DEATHS: on July 9, at Crich, Louise Phoebe PYE, aged 82 years.

Derby Daily Telegraph 16 July 1938
Whatstandwell Hospital Carnival is to be held this year on August 13, and it is announced that the headmistress of Crich Carr C of E school, Miss NUTTALL, has chosen children Phyllis ALLSOP as the Carnival Queen, and Kathleen BOOTH and Mona MASON her attendants. The “Queen” will be crowned by the President of the Hospital Association, Mr Maurice DEACON. The procession in the village will be headed by Horsley Woodhouse Carnival Band.

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 July 1938
Miss E.M. ALLEN, who served as a teacher at Crich Council School for 46 years is retiring at the end of the present term. To mark her retirement presentations were made at the school on behalf of the managers, and the clerk, the old scholars, both at home and abroad, and the present scholars and teachers.
[there followed a report of the presentation]

Derby Daily Telegraph 10 August 1938
Members of Crich Parish Council are divided in opinion as to who should shoulder the responsibility of air-raid precautions in the district.
[there followed a report of the discussion]

Ripley and Heanor News 23 September 1938
Representatives of many organisations attended the funeral at Crich on Wednesday afternoon of Mr Samuel BOWER (83), a former accountant of the old Midland Railway Co., who died at his home, Grove House, Crich, on Monday. Born at Crich, Mr BOWER entered the service of the Midland Railway Co. in 1869, and was appointed Chief Accountant in 1918. He served with the Company for 51 years.
[there followed a report of the funeral; there were several other reports of the funeral]

Derby Daily Telegraph 30 September 1938
The funeral of Mrs Doris LUDLAM (38), wife of Mr Jack LUDLAM, of Moorwood Moor, South Wingfield, took place at Crich Parish Church yesterday. Mrs LUDLAM was the organiser of the Moorwood Moor Hospital Carnival.
[there followed a report of the funeral; there were several other reports of the funeral ]

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 October 1938
Alleged to have sounded his horn continuously for half a mile, Denys Eyre BOWER, an archaeologist, of Crich, was summoned at Matlock Police Court yesterday for making an excessive noise at Darley Dale on September 19. The case was dismissed.
Patrol Officer MACKINTOSH said that he emerged from a lane between Darley Dale and Rowsley to check the speed of a car through a built-up area, when BOWER’s car came between him and the vehicle he was following. He passed BOWER’s car again, whereupon BOWER started sounding his horn, and kept sounding it continuously for half a mile. He believed that BOWER was trying to signal to the car in front that it was being followed. BOWER said that he was just entering a built-up area where a little car shot past him. It struck him that the car was being driven dangerously, and he sounded his hooter as a warning to the driver. He had no idea that it was a police car. Answering superintendent W.A. CHARLTON, he denied that he was signalling to the car in front of the police car.

Derby Daily Telegraph 8 October 1938
Mrs Elizabeth BOWER, of Grove House, Crich, who died on June 9 last, aged 84, wife of Samuel BOWER, and daughter of the late Joseph HOWITT, has left estate of the gross value of £1475 1s 3d with a net personality of £10 11s 3d. Probate has been granted to her daughter Mrs Edith Elizabeth DAVIDSON, of Grove House, Crich and her sons John Henry BOWER, of Wood Bank, Crich Common, and Samuel Edwin BOWER, of Woodbine Cottage, Alvaston.

Ripley and Heanor News 14 October 1938
At St Werburgh’s Church, Spondon, on Wednesday, the marriage was solemnised of Mr Samuel Eyre BOWER, younger son of the late Mr Charles Robert BOWER and of Mrs BOWER , of Sheldon House, Crich, and a nephew of the late Mr Samuel BOWER, who was formally Achieve Accountant of the old Midland Railway, and Miss Laura Alton THOMPSON, daughter of the late Mr John Alton THOMPSON and of Mrs THOMPSON of The Firs, Spondon, formerly attached to the staff of the LMS Divisional Superintendent of Operation at Derby, where the bridegroom is also employed.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ashbourne Telegraph 21 October 1938
Pleading “Guilty” at Belper Police Court last week, to stealing two potatoes valued at one penny, Frederick WALLACE, (50), labourer, of Council Houses, Fritchley, was fined 5s and ordered to pay 10s costs. George KEY, of Dial Farm, said that he had had a lot of damage done to his potato crop. There was a footpath running across his potato field, and WALLACE was seen taking vegetables from one of the rows. WALLACE said he just picked up a couple of potatoes when Mr Key’s son approached and asked for them.

Derby Daily Telegraph 31 October 1938
Jesse HEAPPY (56), a stone worker, New-road Council Houses, Crich, died in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on Saturday, following an accident at Crich Cliffe Quarry on Thursday. He suffered injuries to his right arm and right leg when he was struck by falling stones. He leaves a widow and six children of whom three are working and three are at school. The Derby Borough Coroner will hold an inquest this evening.
[he is Crich Roll of Honour: Jesse HEAPPEY]

Derby Daily Telegraph 1 November 1938
A verdict of “Death from Misadventure” was returned by the jury are being questioned Derby last night on Jesse HEAPPEY (56), a stone worker, of New-road, The Common, Crich, who was fatally injured while working at Crich Cliff Quarry on Thursday. Hannah HEAPPEY said that her husband had been employed at the quarry for 40 years. She heard on Thursday morning that he met with an accident and he died in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on Saturday. Dr W.S. WHITLING, house surgeon at the Infirmary, said that HEAPPEY’s death was due to a ruptured kidney and haemorrhage.
[there followed a report of the accident]

Ripley and Heanor News 25 November 1938
At Alfreton County Court on Tuesday, Arthur TOMLINSON, of Littlemoor House, Brackenfield, sued John DAWES , of Crich, for £2 damages to a wall of his garden. It was claimed that DAWES ran into TOMLINSON’s wall with his motorcar. DAWES did not defend the action, and judgement was given for the plaintiff for the amount claimed and costs.

Derby Daily Telegraph 9 December 1938
A fine of 5s was imposed on Alan STOCKS (19), dyer, of The Dimple, Crich, for having ridden a bicycle without a white front light.

1939 newspapers

Derbyshire Times 6 January 1939
The wedding took place at Crich Parish Church on Monday of Miss Doric SPENDLOVE, only daughter of Mr and the late Mrs F. SPENDLOVE, Crich Carr, Whatstandwell, and Mr Walter FOWKES, eldest son of Mr and Mrs F. FOWKES Matlock Bath.
[there followed a report of the wedding with photograph]

Spendlove wedding 1939

Ripley and Heanor News 13 January 1939
We regret to have to record the death of Mr Wilfred PORTER, second son of Mr and Mrs E. PORTER, of Fritchley, who died on Wednesday of last week, at the early age of 26 years. Deceased had a nervous breakdown while serving as a police officer at Northampton five years ago, and never completely recovered. A native of Fritchley, he came of a family well-known and respected in the village, and was closely connected with the Fritchley Methodist Church.
[there followed a report of the funeral with photograph]

photo of Wilfred Porter 1939

Ripley and Heanor News 17 February 1939
DEATHS: on February 14, at The Dimple, Crich, Charles Pooley PROCTOR, aged 82 years.

Nottingham Journal 24 February 1939
“Up went the manhole cover and up went the infant plaintiff", declared counsel for plaintiff, at Derby Assizes, yesterday, when 13 year old Clarence James TAYLOR, of Hill Top, Fritchley claimed £14 for personal injuries from the Ambergate, Crich, Bull Bridge and Fritchley gas Co Ltd. Mr D.L. JENKINS, for TAYLOR, said that in April last year boys were playing in Adam-Lane, Fritchley, and smelt gas escaping from a manhole cover; someone applied a match, there was an explosion, and the boy TAYLOR was injured. TAYLOR stated that he could remember nothing of the accident, or who lighted the gas. Arthur BYARD, a boy who was with TAYLOR, called for defendants, stated that it was plaintiff who struck the match, which he asked for and was given by another lad. Ext-police Sergeant COATES said that TAYLOR made a statement after the accident in which he admitted striking a light near the cover. The action was dismissed with costs.

Derbyshire Times 17 March 1939
Pleading guilty at Belper yesterday (Thursday) to stealing a bus stop sign value 5/6, belonging to the Derbyshire County Council, at Crich, Oswald SHORT, miner, Church Street, Fritchley, was fined 5/- and costs a total of 35/-. Superintendent WILSON said the sign was originally fixed to a telegraph pole, but SHORT was seen to pick it up from the ground and walk away with it under his coat. It was subsequently recovered from the coal-house at his home. SHORT had no explanation to offer.

Derby Daily Telegraph 8 March 1939
Mr Samuel BOWER, of Grove House, Crich, late Chief Accountant of the Midland Railway, who died on September 19 last, aged 83 years, has left property to the value of £22,449 7s 9d, with net personality of £11,012 1s 2d. He leaves everything in trust to pay the income thereof to his wife for life and then equally to his three children. Probate is granted to Samuel Edwin BOWER, of Woodbine Cottage, Alvaston, Derby, and John Henry BOWER, of Woodbank, Crich, and Edith Elizabeth DAVIDSON, of Grove House, Crich, children.

Derby Daily Telegraph 13 March 1939
Charles Richard MASON, a builder, of Bowns Hill, Crich, was fined 10s for using a motorcycle in such a manner as to cause excessive noise at Chesterfield-road Buckland Hollow on February 29.

Derby Daily Telegraph 18 March 1939
One of the books most in demand at the Belper branch of the County Library is Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” It is now regarded as a piece of serious reading, in more senses than one. Ten years ago we laughed at it.

Derby Daily Telegraph 22 March 1939
David Ernest TOMES, a van driver, of Orchard House, The Common, Crich, was fined 10s, for exceeding 30 mph with a goods vehicle at Cromford on February 23.

Derby Daily Telegraph 22 March 1939
DEATHS: Mary Jane LEE, aged 79, widow of John Isaac LEE, of “Ludway Bank”, Whatstandwell, passed away March 20. Funeral at Crich Church on Thursday at 3.30 p.m.

Ripley Heanor News 24 March 1939
A sad drowning fatality occurred in the River Amber behind Messrs Beevor’s Flour Mill last Saturday when Reginald Vernon HICKMAN, the seven-years-old son of Mr and Mrs Bernard HICKMAN, of Bull Bridge overbalanced and fell in.
[there followed a report of the inquest]

Ripley and Heanor News 21 April 1939
Mr J.B. HUMPHREY was appointed chairman in succession to Mr A. DAY at the annual meeting of Crich Parish Council, and Mr George SMITH was elected vice chairman.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 April 1939
Holding that the men in the case were guests of the landlord, Belper magistrates today dismissed summonses bought under the Licensing Act. Walter SMITH, licensee of The Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Fritchley, pleaded “Not Guilty” to supplying intoxicating litter to be consumed on the premises during non-permitted hours on April 1, and four men accused of consuming liquor after permitted hours made similar pleas. They were Alec POYSER, labourer, of Bull Bridge, Crich, John William POUNDALL, clerk, of Newbridge Road, Ambergate, Harry HYDE, coal dealer, of Bull Bridge, Crich and Charles GRIFFIN, miner, of Mutton Row, Fritchley.
[there followed a report of the hearing]

Gloucester Citizen 6 May 1939
The announcement of the death of Mr Joseph BURTT, of Greenhurst, Crich, near Matlock, at the age of 76 will be received with great regret by many old friends and acquaintances in Gloucester and Cheltenham, where he was well-known in his earlier years. Joseph BURTT was a member of a well-known Quaker family.
[there followed an obituary which included…]
he went out to West Africa commissioned by Messrs Cadbury to enquire into the labour conditions of the cocoa plantations. On returning home he took up the occupation of his later years as a travelling lecturer, principally in public schools, and settled at Crich. He married the daughter of Mrs OMISTON CHANT, and is mourned by the widow and two sons. The interment takes place at the Friends Burial Ground at Furnace, near Alfreton.

Ripley and Heanor News 19 May 1939
Two very interesting presentations took place as the monthly meeting of Ripley Hospital Governors on Monday night. The first of these took the form of a handsome silver tea set to Mr C.S. ELLIOTT, of Crich, who recently retired from the position of treasurer, in recognition of his valuable service over a long period.
[there followed a report of the presentation with a photograph]

Photo of C.S. Elliott 1939

Ripley and Heanor News 2 June 1939
The interment of the remains of Mr A. BARNES, who died at his home on Friday after a long illness at 65 years of age took place in Crich Parish Churchyard on Wednesday afternoon.
[there followed a report of the funeral]

Ripley and Heanor News 2 June 1939
The wedding took place on Monday at St Thomas Church, the Rev BENNETT (curator of Selston) officiating, of Miss Mary KERTON, daughter of Mr and Mrs T. KERTON, of High Street, Somercotes, and Mr Frank HOWITT, son of Mrs HOWITT and the late Mr HOWITT of Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 16 June 1939
A graveside scene in Crich Churchyard shortly after a funeral was described at Belper Police Court last Thursday, when George Henry WRAGG (63), quarryman, of The Common, Crich, was fined 10s for assault. WRAGG pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Edgar ASHMAN, a member of Belper Rural Council and of Crich Church Council. After the case had been heard WRAGG approached Mr ASHMAN , who was sitting in the courtroom, apologised and shook hands with him. Mr N.J. NOBLE, who prosecuted, said WRAGG had had a certain amount of drink. Both he and Mr ASHMAN were present at a funeral, and after the mourners had left WRAGG approach Mr ASHMAN and made use of bad language. WRAGG was told that his language was not fit to be heard in a churchyard, and was requested to desist. He became angry, struck Mr ASHMAN on the chest and threatened to knock him into the grave, which he likened to a quarry. Several women intervened, and WRAGG was eventually got out of the churchyard. WRAGG expressed his regret, and said he could not recollect what he had said.

Derby Daily Telegraph 28 June 1939
Looking over the tree-fringed Derwent to the glories of Shining Cliff Woods, Whatstandwell has a natural situation of exceptional charm. But with the valley littered with tents, the main road choked with cars and ice cream barrows, and hikers and bikers hanging over the narrow bridge to cast their bread onto the waters for disdainful trout, it is no place in which to linger for more than a moment or two.

Ripley and Heanor News 30 June 1939
The Rev H.E. JONES (vicar) officiated at the funeral on Saturday at Crich Parish Church of Mr Sydney Harold WORTH (44) of Crich Common. Mr WORTH served with the Colours in the Great War, and in 1918 was wounded and gassed. Up to his illness he was employed by the Derbyshire County Council as road man in South Wingfield and district.

Nottingham Journal 17 July 1939
Old campaigners lined up with newly-enlisted Militiamen to pay tribute to the memory of the 11,409 Sherwood Foresters who fell in the Great War at the 16th annual pilgrimage to the Regimental Memorial at Crich, yesterday.
[also reported in Derby Daily Telegraph 17 July 1939 with photograph]

Militia men at Crich 1939

Derbyshire Times 21 July 1939
On Saturday near the Market Place, the memorial stones of the Crich Reading Room were laid by Mr JACOBY, MP, Mr H. DYSON, Mr E. KIRK, Mr John DAWES and Mr H.B. BOAG and for Mr R. WILDGOOSE senr. The inclemency of the weather prevented the programme being carried out as was intended, and an adjournment was made to the British School, where an ample tea was provided. After tea, letters were read from Mr Marsden-Smedley, Mr A.F. Hurt, Mr J.S. Sandars and Mr J.T. Johnson, expressing regret at their inability to be present.

Ripley and Heanor News 25 August 1939
A quiet but pretty wedding took place at Crich Church on Saturday, when Mr Dennis CARLILE, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Joseph CARLILE, of Bowling Alley, Heage, was joined in matrimony to Miss Lucy SIDDONS, daughter of Mr Herbert SIDDONS and the late Mrs SIDDONS of East View, Crich.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 25 August 1939
… officers joining the retired list include Police Constable F.C. BREED, of Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 20 September 1939
Alfreton County Court yesterday heard a case in which John HASLAM, a hosiery worker of Peel House, Crich sued Joseph Arthur WALTERS and his wife Martha Elizabeth WALTERS , of Crich, for £2 damages for trespass, and sought an injunction restraining Mr and Mrs WALTERS from using a bridle path known locally as “Hinderstitch” for vehicular purposes. Mr HASLAM said he had never given permission for use of the path, the rights of which were conveyed to him with a cottage without reservation. For Mr and Mrs WALTERS, who occupy a bungalow in near-by field it was claimed that they had had uninterrupted use of the path for more than 20 years. Judgement was given for Mr HASLAM’s for the amount claimed, and an injunction against further trespass by Mr and Mrs WALTERS.

Ripley and Heanor News 29 September 1939
Fred ROBINSON (39), of Archway Cottages, Crich, injured his hand while working at the Wingfield Manor Colliery on Wednesday. He was taken to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Derby Daily Telegraph 6 October 1939
The District Coroner, has decided not to hold an inquest on Archibald ROWE (58), an unemployed labourer, of Greenfields, Fritchley, who collapsed and died in Chase Wood , Crich, on Tuesday afternoon. Mr ROWE had been out collecting wood with his brother, Mr Raymond ROWE, and he was missed when they were returning home. When he got no reply to his calls Mr Raymond ROWE retraced his steps and found his brother lying in a collapsed state on the public footpath of the wood. He died two minutes later , before the arrival of Dr Eileen MACDONALD, of Crich.
[Archibald it is on Crich Roll of Honour: Archibald ROWE]

Derby Daily Telegraph 19 October 1939
Alfred SMITH (16), an apprentice fitter, of Fritchley Lane-end, Bull Bridge, Crich, fractured his leg when he fell from his bicycle on Hartshay Hill, Ripley, last night. He was on his way to Crich from the works of Messrs G.C. Ogle and Sons, Ltd, engineers, of Ripley. After the accident a motorist took him home, and he was later transferred to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, where today he was stated to be comfortable.

Derby Daily Telegraph 4 November 1939
Two officials of Belper Rural Council who between them have completed nearly 80 years of service with the council were yesterday presented with gifts subscribed for by other members of the staff to mark their retirement …
Mr J.W. DAWES, the Water Bailiff for Crich and district received an inscribed walking stick and tobacco.

Derby Daily Telegraph 7 November 1939
A ruling by Derbyshire County Council as to the responsibility of appointing billeting officers was received by Crich Parish Council at its monthly meeting last night. The council asked for the ruling of the party’s previous meeting, following a disclosure that Mr F.J. LYNAM had been appointed billeting officer for Crich and district although the Parish Council had selected Mr A. DAY one of its members for the post.

Derbyshire Times 10 November 1939
Summoned at Belper yesterday (Thursday) for failing to comply with the lighting regulations … Wilfred MARTIN, Council Houses, Crich, find 10s; Edna CAMPION, Hagg Cottage, Fritchley, was let off on payment of 4s costs.

Derbyshire Times 17 November 1939
MARRIAGES: on November 12, at Crich Parish Church, Joseph Henry WATSON, Alfreton, to Hilda LEE, Crich.

Derbyshire Times 1 December 1939
MARRIAGES: At Crich Carr Zion Methodist Church on Saturday week George HERRETT, Belper to Elsie M. LYNAM, Whatstandwell.

Ripley and Heanor News 8 December 1939
At the monthly meeting of Crich Parish Council on Monday night, Mr J.B.HUMPHREY presiding, concern was expressed at the village being almost isolated by reason of the suspension of the bus services. It was pointed out that the service between Belper and Crich was now suspended, as was the service which passed through Whatstandwell, and that the Crich to Ripley service was limited throughout the day.
The council decided to call a public meeting at the Parish Room on Wednesday next to discuss plans for a parish fund for providing comfort for Crich men serving with the Forces. It was stated that several individual efforts had already been organised, and that the Crich Branch of the British Legion had started a fund for sending each man a postal order from time to time until the end of the war.