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

Crich Parish Boundary pre-1897 and post-1897

In 1894 Holloway proposed annexing part of Crich parish, this was opposed by Crich folk.

In 1895 a commission decided against this annexation provided Crich Parish improved the highway between the two parishes.

Crich did not improve the highway so lost part of its parish to Dethick Lea and Holloway, as shown on the map below.

Newspaper reports:
Wednesday June 13 1894: Derby Mercury
VESTRY MEETING – A meeting was held in the vestry of Crich Parish Church on Wednesday to consider a proposed alteration of boundary by the Dethick, Lea and Holloway parish, whereby they wish to annex and important part of the parish of Crich. The Vicar (the Rev. W. Acraman) presided, and it was carried unanimously that the meeting adjourn to the parish school, where a large number of ratepayers had assembled. Mr. Dawes read the notice convening the meeting, and also gave figures showing the exact position in which the two parishes are placed. The chairman explained his views very freely and impartially. The following resolution was carried: –
“That this meeting strongly protests against any alteration being made in the parish as suggested by the Dethick Lea and Holloway parish; that a copy of this resolution be sent to the County Council Committee” – It was further proposed that application be made to the County Council for the annexation of a house at Bull Bridge, partly in Crich Parish and partly in Heage, and it was recommended that the river Amber should be the boundary for the house.

Wednesday June 26 1895 Derby Mercury
PARISH MEETING – The boundary question was then fully gone into, and the following resolution was passed: – “That the parochial members of Crich in meeting assembled, object to any alteration being made in the existing boundaries, and exhort the district councillors, parish councillors and other ratepayers to oppose the scheme to the utmost”

Wednesday July 10 1895 Derby Mercury
BOUNDARIES INQUIRY – On Thursday a commission consisting of Alderman Waite (in the chair), Councillors Briggs, Brownson, and Slack, representing the Derbyshire County Council, sat at Holloway, to consider an application made by the Parish Council of Dethick, Lea and Holloway, for an extension of their boundary. The proposal was to transfer Upper and Nether Holloway from the Crich Parish Council district to that of the applicants. The commissioners accompanied by the clerk to the Derbyshire County Council (Mr. Hughes-Hallett) viewed the locus in quo and then heard evidence at the Yew Tree Hotel.
After sitting over five hours the commissioners decided against the application, on the condition that the Crich Parish Council carried out in two or three months, a scheme for improving the highway

Wednesday January 20 1897 Derby Mercury
The committee have issued an Order transferring a portion of the Parish of Crich to the Parish of Holloway.

The red line shows post-1897.
The blue line shows the area annexed by Dethick, Lea and Holloway in 1897.

map of Crich parish boundaries

Map reproduced from 1949 Ordnance Survey map; Sheet 43/35 with the kind permission of Ordnance Survey

A result of this annexation was a significant Crich boundary stone being "lost" into the parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway.

photo of Crich boundary stone at Holloway

As can be seen this stone is of significant size and was not for moving!

The map below shows the Holloway-Crich boundary pre-1897 and the green marker indicates the position of the boundary stone.

Holloway bounday map of 1899

Map reproduced from 1899 Ordnance Survey map; Second Edition; Derbyshire Sheet XXXIV, with the kind permission of Ordnance Survey. Thanks to George Wigglesworth for his invaluable information.

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