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

Key players in Crich events1875–1900

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Acraman William – Vicar of Crich 1875 to 1900
Acraman Essie – Vicar’s daughter
Acraman Julia – Vicar’s sister and church worker
Acraman Laura – Vicar’s sister and church worker
Barnes J H – Teacher, Crich Parochial School
Bennett Samuel – Framework knitter, supporter of Mr Scott
Blair Andrew – Curate at Crich
Boag Robert – Lime kilns manager, supporter of Mr Scott; Overseer
Bower Samuel – Highway Surveyor, supporter of Mr Scott
Brumwell Miria – Teacher, Crich Parochial School
Bryan Richard – Senior Guardian
Burrough J – Diocesan Registrar, Belper
Cosgrove Patrick – Village policeman
Cousens R W – Curate at Crich
Cowlishaw A C – Guardian of Crich, Architect
Curzon George – Farmer and ‘prominent’ ratepayer
Dawes George – Parish Clerk
Dawes John – Rate collector
Dawes Thomas – Shopkeeper
Dronfield Joseph – Publican, Jovial Dutchman
Dunn Christopher Blans Noble – Village doctor and Medical Officer for Belper Area
Dyson Heyworth – Master, British School
Ellis C J B – Master, Crich Parochial School
Frost George – Resident
Glossop Walter – Church pianist
Greenhough E – Secretary, British School Managers
Greenhough John – Resident
Greenhough Johnny – Messenger for the Vicar
Griffiths Mr – Master, Crich Carr School
Hallsworth Thomas B – Publican, Bulls Head
Hawkes Nathaniel I – Churchwarden
Higton John – Butcher
Holmes Annie – Friend of child A
Hurt Francis – Chairman of Parochial School Managers
Hurt (Misses) Elizabeth, Emma, Selina – Benefactors of the parish of Crich
Iveson Thomas Gill – Civil Engineer and supporter of Mr Scott
Jacoby J A – Member of Parliament
Kent George Henry – Master, Crich Parochial School
Kirk Elijah – Draper, supporter of Mr Scott
Knighton Job – Druggist and prominent Baptist
Knighton Robert – Master, Crich Parochial School
Layton J – Parochial School Secretary to the Managers
Lee John – Churchwarden
Lee James Thomas – People’s warden
Lee Mary – Wife of John
Lloyd M L – Teacher, Crich Parochial School
Macdonald George G – Village doctor
Macdonald Supt. – Belper Police Superintendant
Milward Martha – Friend of child A
Moody A W – Master, Crich Parochial School
Mulkerns J – Vicar of Wessington
Neville J P – Curate at Crich
Nightingale Florence – Church supporter
Perry Walter – Scholar
Petts Isaac – Builder and prominent Baptist, Overseer
Piggin William – Sexton
Potter James – Solicitor of Matlock
Poyzer James – Scholar
Radford Joseph – Overseer
Saxton John – Churchwarden, secretary to Parochial School Managers
Scarffe Inez – Teacher at Crich Parochial School
Scott Henry Stephen – Master, Crich Parochial School, then the British School (also called Scott’s School)
Slack Albert E – Publican, Black Swan
Slack Edward – Grocer
Slack Joseph – Resident
Slack Mary – Wife of Edward, carer of Vicar’s daughter Essie
Smith Joseph – Blacksmith
Stocks John – Baker
Stocks Samuel – Publican, Royal Oak
Strutt Herbert – Mill owner and magistrate
Sumner William Thomas – Master, Crich Parochial School
Walker Charles – Resident
Wetton John – Parish Clerk
Wetton Mary – Housekeeper at the vicarage
Wharmby Samuel – Builder of British School
Wheatcroft Henry – Solicitor and Secretary to the School Managers
Wildgoose John – Landlord of the Rising Sun
Wildgoose Robert – Lea Mills, supporter of British School
Wilson J G – Solicitor at Alfreton
Wilson Mortimer – Solicitor at Alfreton
Woolley Elizabeth – Resident

A detailed story is in "Parish life with a troubled vicar: Crich 1875 – 1900"

268 pages, 60 photographs
ISBN 978-0-9562271-0-2
Now available
The story of Crich parish between 1875 and 1900 is a fascinating one. It is a tale of: court cases; scandal; schools; church and chapel; drunkenness; village characters; and much more.
Throughout this time the parish had a most troubled and troublesome vicar in the Reverend William Acraman. Fighting his curate, sacking head teachers, conflict with the Baptists, indignation meetings, letters from Florence Nightingale, court appearances, and parishioners pleading for his removal were all part of his lot as vicar of Crich. There cannot be many parishes where hundreds of villagers burnt an effigy of their vicar outside the vicarage! Yet his legacy was not all bad, as the story shows.

The account is told mainly through newspaper reports, letters and logbook entries with photographs to set the scene. It should be of interest not only to those with Crich connections past and present, but to anyone with an interest in social history, family history, how and why School Boards were created, the rise of nonconformist religion, village life in the latter part of Queen Victoria’s reign, and the effect of rapid change on a small community.

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