which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell.

Wessington in Bagshaw's Directory (1846)


Transcribed by Alan Flint.

CRICH, an extensive parish partly in the Morleston and Litchurch, partly in the Scarsdale and partly in the Wirksworth hundreds. It contains the township of Crich in Morleston and Litchurch, the township of Wessington in Scarsdale, and the hamlet of Tansley in the Wirksworth hundred. The entire parish contains 6,180 acres of land, rich in minerals, and of every variety of soil. Rateable value, £4,381. Population in 1801, 1,413; in 1831, 2,215; in 1841, 3,698. A picturesque district of lofty hills and deep vallies. At the Norman survey the manor belonged to Ralph FitzHubert, from whom it passed to the Frecheville's. Sir Roger Belers, who died seized of a fit in 1380, left 2 daughters, who possessed it in moieties; but the whole ultimately devolved to the decendants of Sir Robert de Swillington, who married the elder ; it afterwards passed to Ralph Lord Cromwell, who in the reign of Henry VI. sold the reversion to John Talbot second Earl of Shrewsbury. On the death of Gilbert Earl of Shrewsbury in 1616, it was divided between his daughters and coheiresses, the Countesses of Kent, Pembroke, and Arundel; since which time it has been sold to various persons.




Askew John, stonemason

Hodgson Jas. wheelwrt. Brooks

Lilley John, frmwk. knitter

Rawson Thomas, shopkeeper

Wheatcroft Wm. shoemaker and beerhouse

Frost John, corn miller, Bunting house

Knowles Mr Robert

Mountney Jas. shopkeeper

Taylor James, vict. & butcher, Horse & Jockey


Haslem William, vict. Three Horse Shoes

Lane William, shoemaker

Noble Mark, framewrk. knitter

Taylor Tim. boot & shoe maker


Bansall Mathew
Bryan Matthew
Camm Mathew
Fox John
Goodwin William
Marriott Mary
Marshall Elizabeth
Rawson Elizabeth
Sims Charles
Wain James
Wetton William
White Joseph
Willott George
Wragg Edward


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