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

CRICH in Kelly's Directory (1899)

Transcribed by Peter Patilla

CRICH is an ancient town, a beautiful and extensive parish, one mile north-east from Whatstandwell station on the Manchester main line of the Midland railway, 4 west-by-south from Alfreton, 4½ north from Belper, and :144 from London, in the Mid division of the county hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, Belper union and petty sessional division, Alfreton county court district and rural deanery, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The railway and the Cromford canal pass along the south-western border of the parish, and the line from Ambergate to the north also bounds the parish on the south-east. The church of St. Michael, standing on a commanding height, is a building of stone, in mixed styles, partly Norman, and consists of chancel, clere-storied nave of three bays, aisles, and a western tower with spire, containing a clock and 5 bells, dating from 3:620: the monuments include several to the Dixie family, and others to the Poles of Wakebridge, lords of the manor of that name, one of whom was falconer to Henry VII. There is also a memorial with a most curious epitaph to a member of the Clay family, and an inscribed stone slab to Anthony Babington esq. of Dethick, who, with 13 others, engaged in a conspiracy to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, and raise the country in favour of Mary Queen of Scots, then imprisoned in Wingfield Manor; but the plot being discovered, the conspirators were arrested and executed. at Tyburn, 20 and 21 Sept. 1586: there are four memorial stained windows: the church plate is dated 1712; the church affords about 500 sittings. The registers date from the year 1604. The living is a vicarage net yearly value £231, with residence, in the gift of five trustees, and held since 1875 by the .Rev. William Acraman, of St. Aidans, who is patron of the livings of the adjoining parishes of Tansley and Wessington. The mission church at Fritchley, one mile south-east, built in 1870, is also used as a day school; it was enlarged in 1874, and affords about 150 sittings. The Baptist chapel, a building of stone, with a clock, was erected in 1877, and has sittings for 300 persons. The Free Methodist chapel was built in 1864 and there are also chapels belonging to this sect at Crich Carr and Wheatcroft and Primitive Methodist Chapels at Crich, erected in 1853, Crich Carr, Frltchley, erected in 1852 and at Morewood Moor. There IS a small Wesleyan Chapel and a Congregational chapel at Frltchley erected in 1841, and the Society of Friends have a Meeting House here. In the village IS an ancient stone market cross (restored in 1871). the upper part of which includes a group figure of St. Michael overcoming the Dragon. The Market is held weekly on Friday. Fairs for sheep and cattle are held on the 6th of April and 11th of October. The inhabitants are principally employed in the adjacent quarries. which produce limestone and! gritstone of a superior quality, a large quantity being sent to London and other 'parts. Lea mills and other industrial centres in the neIghbourhood also give employment to many and the manufacture of hosiery by hand is carried on to a very considerable extent. The Butterley Company have extensive quarries and lime kilns at Bull Bridge; at Ambergate are the lime works of the Clay Cross Company, and at Whatstandwell are the gritstone quarries, the property of the Duke of Devonshire K.G:. At CrIch is a reading room, a stone building , erected in 1887, at a cost of £300 Chase Cliffe, erected in 1859, IS a handsome mansIon of stone, pleasantly situate in grounds tastefully laid out, and is the property and residence of Miss Hurt. A yearly sum of £6 12s. 11d. from the Rev. Francis Gisborne’s Charity, is received by the vicar and church-wardens, and laid out in the purchase of flannel for the poor. In 1562 John Kirkland left £2 yearly to the poor of this parish for ever, which is distributed on St Thomas' day. Sim's Charity, a benefaction of recent date, amounts to about £50, and is distributed so as to promote religious education. Emma Hurt's charity amounts to about £40 yearly; Cornthwaite's charity left in 1838, amounts to £4 18s. 8d. yearly for clothing Cooper's, of £1 3s. 8d. left in 1853, is distributed in money; Wright's charity amounts to £16 5s. 8d. yearly and is given to regular attendants at church. The charities for the township of Wessington amount to upwards of £7 yearly, payable from the charities of Crich. Miss Elizabeth Hurt left £1,000, invested in Consols the interest of which is to augment the living of the vIcar also £1,000 invested in Consols the interest of whIch is to be distributed by the vicar and churchwardens to 4 old parishioners each to receIve 2s. 6d. a week; and. £1,000 invested in Consols, the interest of which is to go towards the support of a trained parIsh nurse. On CrIch Stand, which has an elevation of upwards of 950 feet above the level of the sea is a circular tower, 50 feet in height, erected in 1851 on the site of a former tower, by Francis Hurt esq.. of Alderwasley. (d. 1861) On July 6th, 1882, a consIderable landslip occurred ,which reached nearly to the base of the tower and demolished four houses: The principal landowners are Lieut.-Col. Albert Frederick Hurt, of Alderwasley, and Miss Hurt, of Chase Cliffe, and there are several smaller freeholders. The Duke of Devonshire is also a land owner. The soil is loamy; subsoil, gritstone . The land is chiefly in pasturage. The area of the township is 3,715 acres of land and 35 of water; rateable value, £13,800 the populatIon in 1891 was 3,070.

Fritchley is a village, I mile south-east, with a mission church; Coddington, half a mile west; Bull Bridge, 1½ miles·south; Plaistowe Green, 1 mile north; and Wheatcroft, 2 miles north, are hamlets. Crich Carr and Whatstandwell are also places here. Crich Carr is that portion of the parish near Whatstandwell railway station and is increasing in population.

Post M. &; T. 0., T. M. 0., Express Delivery, Parcel Post, S. B. &; Annuity &; Insurance Office.-John Bigton, Sub-postmaster. Letters arrive through Matlock Bath at 6.45 a.m. &; 3.45 p.m.; dispatched at 10.15 a.m. &; 6,40 p.m. week days only

Post &; M. O. 0., S B. &; Insurance &; Annuity Office. Whatstandwell Bridge.-John Bowmer, sub-postmaster Letters arrive from Matlock Bath at 6.20 a.m & 2·59 p.m.; dispatched at II·30 a.m. &; 7 p. m. The nearest telegraph office is at Whatstandwell railway station

Post Office, Fritchley.-Thomas Davidson, sub·postmaster. Letters through Derby, via Ambergate, arrive at 7.30 a.m. &; 4·45 p.m.; dispatched at 9·45 a.m. & 6.20 p.m. Postal orders are issued. here, but not paid. The nearest money order &; telegraph office is at Crich, 2 miles distant

Wall Letter Boxes.-Bull Bridge, cleared at 10 a.m. & 6.40 p.m. week days only; Crich Carr, cleared at 6 p.m. week days only; The Common, 6.25; near the Church. 6.10 & Whatstandwell Bridge, cleared at II.I5 a.m. & 7 p.m.; sun. 6.5 p.m


Parochial (mixed) (Crich), erected in 1848, for 300 children; average attendance, 148; George Owen, master; :Mrs. Inez Scarfe, infants' mistress

National (Crich Carr), erected by the vicar in 1884 &; enlarged in 1894, for 120 children; average attendance, 95; Lewis H. Griffith, master; Miss Florence Smith, mistress

National (Fritchley), erected in 1870 as a mission church & school &; enlarged in 1874 by the addition of an infants' school room, &; again enlarged in 1894 it will hold 190 children; average attendance, 150; J. Benj. Collington, master

British (Crich), erected in 1884-5. for 260 children; average
attendance, mixed I45, infants 59; Heyworth Dyson, master

Friends' (Fritchley); Miss Jane Sadler, mistress

Railway Station, Whatstandwell, Arthur Swaine, station master

Acraman Rev. William, Vicaragel
Bower Samuel, Rose cottage
Coupe George, Grove house
Cousens Rev. Rowland W., B.A. (cur)
Dunn Mrs. The Tors
Greaves Mrs. Church view
Hancock Mrs. Crich common
Hurt Miss, Chase cliffe (Letters thro'
Lee John Isaac, Sheldon house
Macdonald George Godfrey M.D
Sankey Mrs. The Hollies
Saxton John, The Sycamores
Whiteman James, Tor view
Ashby James, farmer, Wheatcroft
Baker Sarah (Mrs.). saddler
Baldwin Joseph, farmer, Pot Ho. farm
Beresford George, farmer, High lane
Bingham Henry W. ale &; porter dealer
Bingham Jane (Mrs.), frmr. Edge frm
Boag Henry Basil, agent for the Clay
Cross CO.'s quarries, Cliff
Boag Robert, contractor
Brocklehurst Henry, Greyhound P.H
Brown George, boot maker
Burton Jeremiah, farmer,The Common
Cauldwell William, farmer
Clay Cross Company's Quarries Cliff
(Henry Basil Boag, agent)
Cotton Robert, farmer, Plaistow
Crich Reading Room (H. Dyson, sec)
Critchlow Sarah (Mrs. ),frmr.Edgemoor
Critchlow Thos. Isaac, farmer, Edgmr
Crooks Sherbroke, farmer, Plaistow
Dalziel Francis, farmer, Plaistow grn
Dawes In. stationer II; hardware dealr
Dawes Robert, draper
Denny Henry, farmer, Well meadow
Denny John, farmer
Denny John, grocer II; farmer
Dronfield Joseph, Jovial DutchmanP.H
Eley James, Black Swan hotel
England Hannah (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Fantom Arthur, boot &; shoe maker
Foulde. Darnel, farmer, Plaistow
Gibbons Daniel, farmer, Wheatcroft
Greenhough Thomas, grocer &; farmer
Greenhough William, jun. butcher
Hallam George, shopkeeper
Hallsworth Thomas, Bull's Head P.H
Haynes John, builder &; contractor
Higton John, butcher, Post office
Holmes Samuel, shopkeeper
Hopkinson J. (Mrs.), frmr. Wheatcroft
Hunt James, saddler
Lee Bros. grocers & general drapers
Lynam Wm. farmer, Moorwood moor
Macdonald Goo. Godfrey M.D., C.M.
surgeon & medical officer & public
vaccinator Crich, Lea &. Holloway
district, Belper union
Marshall Thomas, grocer
Marshall William, farmer, Wheatcroft
Martin William, hair dresser
Mason Henry, saddler

Mellors George, boot repairer
Parr's Bank Limited (sub·branch to
Belper); opened tues. & fri 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. ; draw on head office, Bar-
tholomew lane, London E C
Perry Charles, shopkeeper
Petts Fanny (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Platts George, farmer, Parkhead
Radford John, farmer
Rhodes Misses, farmers, Chuckstone
Rollinson Joseph, grocer &; farmer
Saxton John, ins. agent, The Hollies
Sims Albert, draper &;c
Slack Joseph, baker &; grocer
Smith Arthur, butcher &; farmer
Smith George, farmer, Wheatcroft
Smith George Ashbourne. jun. wheelwright
&; farmer
Southern Charles William, chemist
Spencer Wm. farmer &; mining agent
Spendlove Robert, farmer, Plaistow
Stocks Samuel, beer retailer
Street Joshua, Cliff inn
Stoppard (Aaron) &; Walker (Charles),
farmers, Hollins farm
Sulley Jsph. greengrocer, Plaistow grn
Taylor Emily (Mrs.), apartments,
The Mount
Taylor John, joiner
Taylor Thos. farmer. Cowpershawe
Taylor Vaughan, butcher & farmer,
The Mount
Taylor William, blacksmith
Thorpe Thomas, farmer, Plaistow hall
Thorpe Thomas, farmer
Turner George, farmer, Wheatcroft
Turner Mary (Mrs.), farmer,Glebe fm
Twigg George, farmer, Chase
Walker Ellen(Miss), King's Arms P.H
Walters Eugene, grocer
White John, farmer
Willgoose John, Rising Sun P.H
Wilton John, farmer,Wakebridge farm
Wright Joseph, frmr. Grich common
Yates John. grocer
Young William, farmer, Park head

Marked thus * are Coddington.
Marked thus ✝ are Crich Carr.
Without a mark are Whatstandwell.
Brighouse Percy, The Orchard
Cartwright Thomas R. Derwent villa.
Hardy William. Derwent villa
Hawkes Nathaniel Irvine, Irvine villa
Mason Charles, jun
✝Shaw Matthew, Carr cottage
Sims John, Cliff villa
Smith Ernest Le Blanc
✝Ward Mrs. Ludway bank
✝AlIsop Helen (Mrs.). shopkeeper
✝ Allsop Robert, besom broom maker
Bryan Richd. Peach, farmer, Bent hill
Bunting Charles, blacksmith
Caudwell Wm. farmer, Thurlow booth
Green J. &; Co. apartments
*Haslam Frederick, farmer

Lee George, shopkeeper
Merchant Joseph, coal merchant
Mountney Herbert, Derwent commercial
hotel &; posting house
Peacock Ann & J. (Misses). grocers
Peacock William, grocer
Sanders John E. butcher
Sims Anthony,farmer&stone merchant
Turner William, farmer
Whatstandwell Refreshment Room
(William Peacock, proprietor)
*Yates Walter, farmer
Yelverton Dawbarn Bros (Derby),
steam joinery wrks. &; moulding mlls
(Postal address, via Ambergate).
Else Charles Joseph, Bull Bridge
Hamilton John Pakenham
Bassall .T ohn
Parker John J
Sargent; Miss, Fernside
Slack Saml. The Beeches., Bull Bridge
Wake Hy. Thomas, Chestnut bank
Ambergate, Crich, Bull Bridge&Fritchley
Gas Light &; Coke Co. Limited
(John Dawes, sec.; Chas. Brocklehurst,
manager); works,Bull Bridge
Baguley Thos. Canal inn, Bull Bridge
Blackham Thomas, grocer
Bowmer John, farmer'
Bowmer Thomas, farmer
Bradley Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Butterley Company's Quarries &, Lime
Works Lim. (John Pakenham Hamilton,
agent), Bull Bridge
Cooke George, farmer
Cooper John, farmer
Curtis’s &; Harvey's GunpOWder Magazine
(John P. Hamilton, agent), Bull
Davidson Thomas, grocer, draper &c.
Post office
Derbyshire Jesse,farmr.BarnClose frm
Else Chas. Joseph, farmer&;landowner,
Bull Bridge
Fletcher Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Fritchley William, farmer
Gaunt. Robert, fent dealer
Knighton Joseph, shopkeeper
Lock Hy. Lord Nelson P.H.BullBridge
Lynam Frederick J. Red Lion P.H
Lynam Jas. shopkpr. & boot maker
Lynam Saml. farmer, Wingfield park
Poyser Eliza (Mrs.), boot & shoe make.
Radford Joseph, farmer, Fritchley
Radford Samuel, farmer
Rowe Henrietta (Mrs.), beer retailer
Slack James, miller & farmer
Stevenson Alice (Mrs.), hand made
hosiery manufacturer
Wake Henry Thomas, dealer in antiquities,
Chestnut bank
Watkins Edward &; Co. bobbin mIrs.
wood turners &; timber nlerchants,
Bull Bridge
Williamson William, farmer

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