which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

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Derby Mercury Thursday June 19th 1800
We are glad to record the following worth example which we hope may become general. Mr Thomas Bomer of Fritchley near Crich in the County of Derby, farmer is now selling his wheat (which is of a very good quality) amongst the poor working inhabitants in the neighbouring villages at 8s per strike.

Derby Mercury 3 December 1801
WHEREAS MELICENT, the wife of WILLIAM SHAW, Inkeeper of Crich, in the county
of Derby, eloped from her husband on the 10th November instant, with John
HOLLAND, alias Allen GREEN, a fustian weaver, but lately employed as a
labourer at Frichley, near Crich and took with them goods, bills and cash to
the amount of about 200 pounds the property of the said William SHAW.
John HOLLAND appears about 44 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, pale
complexion, remarkable wide mouth, and light coloured hair; had on a blue
coat and waistcoat, and snuff coloured velveteen breeches.
Melicent SHAW is 49 years of age, above middle size, sallow complexion,
black eyes; had on a black velvet bonnet, red cloak, and a light coloured
check printed gown.
Whoever will secure the said John HOLLAND and Melicent SHAW in any of his
Majesty's gaols, shall receive a reward of Five guineas from the said
William SHAW, who gives this public notice, that he will not pay any Debts
the said Melicent SHAW may contract; and the public are cautioned not to pat
her any money owing the said William SHAW.
Nov 10, 1801

Derby Mercury Thursday September 15 1803
On Wednesday the 7th inst a melancholy accident happened at Crich in this County as Mrs. Turton, wife of Mr John Turton, was attempting to water some linen which lay on the bank of a large fish pond near the house, when in the act of ladling the water, she unfortunately fell in and was drowned; the dish which she used for the purpose was seen in the pond which lead to a discovery. The body was not found till two hours after; every means were used to restore her, but without effect. By her death her husband has lost a virtuous and affectionate wife, her friends a true friend and the world a true pattern of christian charity and humility.

Derby Mercury Thursday June 7 1804
At Crich, in this county, his Majesty's birthday was ushered in with the ringing of bells. At six in the morning a flag was hoisted upon the Tower which might be seen for 40 miles. The Volunteers mustered at eleven o'clock, marched to the foot of the Tower and exactly at twelve fired three excellent vollies and gave three hearty huzzas; after which they partook of a dinner provided for them; where many of the respectable inhabitants of the Parish joined. The King, and many other patriotic toasts were given, and the remainder of the day was spent with that joy so truly becoming the occasion.

Derby Mercury Thursday December 31 1807
On the 26th as Benj. Bamford, a Chelsea Pensioner, aged 80 was going from Crich (where he resided), to Wirksworth both in this County, to make the necessary affidavit to entitle him to his Pension, the cart in which he was travelling was unfortunately overturned by which accident, his head was so much injured, that he died in a few hours.
(Benj. Bamford buried 30 December 1807 at Crich)

Derby Mercury Thursday May 14 1812
We have been informed that twenty freeholders or farmers of Crich in this County have agreed to relieve the sober, peaceable and industrious poor of their parish with a certain quantity of bread in addition to their weekly earnings or parish allowance: seventy two families were so relieved by one of such farmers in the market place on Thursday last; and not less than the same number will be thus relieved by another of them on Thursday next, and so in rotation, week after week. until harvest .

Derby Mercury Wednesday November 25 1840
Her Majesty the Queen Dowager with that considerable kindness which she always shows for the religious instruction of the poor has graciously forwarded £10 towards the building of a Sunday School at Wessington in the parish of Crich. The inhabitants of Wessington are deeply indebted to the Earl Howe for his readiness in laying their case before her Majesty .

Derby Mercury Wednesday September 3 1851
Local News
The stand on Crich Cliff, is approaching completion, and a great many of the neighbouring inhabitants have availed themselves of the opportunity to visiting this noble structure, which commands so fine a view.

Derby Mercury Wednesday October 20 1852
Local News.
We are informed that the Inspector's words, at the close of the recent examinations of these schools, were " I find your schools are much improved since my last visit (1850). they were then in a wretched state" The present teachers have been appointed in the interim and they have, therefore, up-hill work to contend with. The world was not made in a day and we hope they will succeed in placing the establishments upon a thoroughly efficient footing.

Derby Mercury: Wed 29 May 1861
On Whit-Monday, the Black Swan Friendly Society held their annual anniversary, at the Black swan Inn, Crich, when 120 members sat down to a dinner, provided by Mr and Mrs Bower in their usual style. Dr Hathway occupied the chair, supported by the much respected curate, the Rev Mr Mellish. The Belper brass band was in attendance, and was much appreciated. The healths of Albert Hurt Esq and the Misses Hurt, and Michael Jessopp, Esq were proposed by the chairman, and drank with much enthusiasm. The members of the club, and the band, by the kind permission of the Misses Hurt, visited Chase Cliff House, in front of which the band played some choice selection of music. The next day upwards of thirty members sat down to dinner, and enjoyed themselves heartily.

Derby Mercury: Wed 11 Mar 1863 (Royal Wedding of Price and Princess of Wales)
Mr Samuel Bower, of the Black Swan, Crich, provided a string band, and entertained his friends and customers, and placed his club-room at their disposal, for the purpose of dancing and amusing themselves. 78 children were entertained with good tea at the Wesleyan Chapel. 320 women and children sat down to tea, also provided by Mrs Hurt, at Mrs Burley’s Whatstandwell Bridge. Mrs Hurt also proved several tar barrels, which were placed on Crich Cliff, and when lit up would afford a magnificent sight, owing to the elevation position of the Cliff; the bonfire would be seen from the towns and villages surrounding. A baron of beef and a sheep, was roasted, at the Jovial Dutchman, kelp by Ralph Whieldon Smith, at which 200 sat down to dinner, 367 children were entertained with tea at the expense of the Rev Mr Chawner and Mrs Hurt.

Derby Mercury 6 April 1864

It is with great pleasure that we announce the gift of a fine toned organ to the above place of worship by the Misses Hurt, of Crich Chase House. The cost of the instrument is £150.

Derby Mercury: Wed 19 Jun 1864
PETTY SESSIONS, Wednesday, June 22
[Before G. H. Strutt, L. E. Mann. and R. Smith Esqrs.]
Wm. Litchfield, framework knitter of Crich, was charged by Mr Samuel Bower, licensed victualler of that place, with using abusive and threatening language. – Bound over in £10 and two sureties of £5 each, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for the next twelve months.

Derby Mercury: 21 Sep 1864
FATAL ACCIDENT – On Tuesday, an inquest was held before Mr Coroner Whiston on the body of William Dibb, who met with his death whilst in the capacity of limestone quarryman at the Crich Limestone Quarries, belonging to the Clay Cross Company, and under the management of Mr John Jeffries. The inquest was held at Mr Benjamin taylor’s the Bulls Head Inn, Crich, before a respectable jury. – John Woolley stated that he was working near the deceased, and that another man, named Aaron Storer, was watching for the deceased whilst getting loose stone, when a large stone fell on him. The usual precautions against accidents had been taken by Aaron Storer watching, and he decided that they should remove. Unfortunately, the deceased did not leave when requested by the watcher who left the ground, and the stone, which was about eight tons in weight, rolled over him, crushing him in a dreadful manner, and causing his death. – Aaron Storer, overlooker of the quarries, was with Dibbs more than an hour, and cautioned not to remain in the position where he was standing, when he came to the bottom and said he would leave it. He remained behind, however, and went to another part, believing he could loosen more stone. The witness having left him, and gone about 200 yards away, he heard a fall of stone, which threw the deceased to the bottom of the quarry, a distance of 28 feet, and resulted in his death. – The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death” and added that no blame was to be attached to any person with the exception of the deceased, who did not come away when requested.

Derby Mercury 8 February 1865
As Mr John Piggin, the postman for the Crich district, was returning from his round, he got fast in a large snow-drift, and remained in that position for nearly an hour. Fortunately, two men were going by not far from where he was, and were attracted by his cries for assistance, which they immediately rendered to him. He was conveyed to the house of his father much exhausted. Had it not been for the timely assistance rendered the consequences would in all probability have been fatal.

Derby Mercury: Wed 30 May 1866
The members of the various sick societies in the neighbourhood assembled on Monday, at their various lodge-rooms, and marched in procession to the church, where the Rev Mr Harbeck delivered the sermon. The members afterwards dined at the Black Swan Inn, kept by Mr Samuel Bower, The Rev Mr Harbeck presiding, supported by C. B. Dunn Esq, surgeon to the society, Mr B. Taylor, Grand Master and secretary. After doing justice to the good things placed on the table, the Chairman read a statement of the accounts.
After concluding the business of the lodge, the rev chairman proposed the usual loyal toasts, and the “Army, Navy, and British Volunteers” which were warmly responded to; as also the health of the “Grand Master and prosperity to the lodge” the “Honorary Members” including T. W. Evans Esq MP, A. F. Hurt Esq, M. Jessop Esq, and a number of other gentlemen. Mr Dunn then, in very appropriate terms, proposed “The health of the Bishop of the Diocese and the ministers of all religious denominations” coupling with the name of Mr Chawner, the highly esteemed vicar of the parish, which was responded to my Mr Harbeck. Then followed “The health of the host and hostess” which was received with great applause. Mr Bower, in reply, expressed the happiness it afforded both himself and his wife, when called upon to provide dinner, to find they had given satisfaction, and he hoped that every member present might live many years, and that they should often meet again. During the evening the Sutton band (which was engaged for the occasion by Mr Bower) played some excellent pieces of music and sang several admirable glees. The entire arrangements were creditable to Mr Bower and gave the greatest satisfaction to his patrons.

Derby Mercury District News. Wednesday October 27 1869
Death of A Centenarian
On Saturday 16th inst Elizabeth Greatorex died at Plaistow Green Crich in the 102 year of her age. She retained all her faculties up to the time of her death and has been able to go about and perform some of her household duties till about the 11th inst when she was taken ill and confined to her bed where she rapidly sank and died. She had never been married and was in all probability the oldest maiden lady in England. She has also left behind to mourn her loss another maiden sister over 90.
(Elizabeth Greatorex buried 20 October 1869 at Crich)

Derby Mercury: 2 April 1873
APPOINTMENT OF OVERSEERS AND SURVEYORS – The following is a list of persons appointed as Overseers of the Poor and Surveyors of Highways in the Belper Petty Sessional Division – Overseers: Crich, Luke Alsop and Robert Boag – Surveyors: Crich, Thomas Dawes and Aaron Storer

Derby Mercury: Wed 4 April 1875
APPOINTMENT OF CRICH OVERSEERS – Mr John Dawes, assistant overseer for Crich informed the Bench that Mr Luke Allsop, who had been one of the overseers for Crich for the last ten years, had died suddenly on Sunday last, and applied to them to appoint Mr Samuel Bower to succeed him. The Bench accordingly appointed Mr Bower and expressed their regret upon hearing that Mr Allsop was dead. The deceased, who was surveyor and barmaster for the liberty of Crich, was between 50 and 60 years of age, and generally respected.

Derby Mercury: 10 April 1878
HIGHWAY MEETING – The first meeting of this newly appointed committee was held in the National Schoolroom on Monday the 1st inst when all the members were present. Mr Dunn was in the chair, and Mr S. Bower in the vice chair. Mr Dunn informed the committee that although they were met to conduct the business of the highway, he found that the surveyor already appointed by the vestry had sole power over the highways during his term of office, and unless the surveyor would give his consent in writing to be under the control of the committee, he did not see what would be the use of meeting there. – Mr Aaron Storer, the surveyor, although not inclined to give a written consent to be under the committee, said he would be very pleased to work with them. – Mr S. Bower proposed and Mr T. Sayles seconded, “That the committee remain as a committee of inspection to assist the surveyor in the discharge of his duties” – Mr J. Burton moved as an amendment, and Mr george Stafford seconded. “That if the committee have no power they should dissolve at once” – The chairman voted for the amendment, but Mr Bower’s proposition was carried. The committee recommended that the surveyor make a highway rate of 7d in the pound for the ensuing year. It was also decided to give the Baptist authorities the sum of £3 to improve the road leading from the Market Place to Whatstandwell Station, near to the Baptist chapel now in the course of erection. – Mr R. Bryan moved that the committee meet once every two months, which was duly carried – The usual vote of thanks to the Chairman brought the meeting to a close.

Derby Mercury: 8 May 1878
PAROCHIAL COMMITTEE – The following parochial committees were re-appointed – Crich: Mr Wm. Yeomans, Mr George Coup, Mr Samuel Bower, Mr G.G. Bates, Mr Thomas Gratton, Mr Isaac Petts, Mr Robert Boag, Mr Johan Simms, Mr george Wheatcroft, Mr James Lee, Mr Aaron Storer, Mr Thomas Bowmer, Mr George Strafford, and Mr Jeremiah Burton

Derby Mercury: 11 September 1878
[Before L. E. MANN Esq (Chairman) J.H. WOOLLEY Esq, and HERBERT STRUTT Esq]
Adam Barnes of Crich, quarryman, was summoned by Aaron Storer, surveyor of the highways for Crich, for taking away certain materials, to wit, one load of stone, out of a certain quarry without the consent of the surveyor of highways. The complainant said that a quarry had recently been opened at Crich for parish purposes. On the 28th ult he found the defendant in the act of getting stone, and a truck loaded with stone, which defendant said he should take. The Bench were of the opinion that the Highways Act, under which the proceedings had been taken, had not been complied with, and dismissed the case.

Derby Mercury: 21 April 1880
RURAL SANITATION AUTHORITY – The first meeting was held at the termination of the relief cases – Joshua Roberts Esq was unanimously re-appointed chairman – The following Sanitary Parochial Committees were appointed – Crich: Messrs William Yeomans, R. Peach, Thomas Davis, A Sims, George Coup, S. Bower, G.G. Bates, Thomas Gratton, Isaac Petts, Robert Boag, James Lee, Aaron Storer, Thomas Bowmer, George Strafford, Jeremiah Burton and B. Taylor.

Derby Mercury Wednesday August 23, 1882
THE LANDSLIP – The adage that its an ill wind that blows nobody good has been aptly illustrated in the land-slip at Crich. It has been estimated by some that not less than 60,000 people have visited the scene and calculations have been made which go far to prove the correctness of the estimate, 100 persons per minute being counted wending their way through the village to the spot, and we need not wonder, therefore, at learning that refreshments of all kinds were scarcely to be obtained at any price at times when the crowds were so great as to consume in a short time everything in the way of comestibles. The innkeepers and others dealing in provisions have thius for once been lucky.

Derby Mercury: Wed 2 Jan 1884
SINGULAR TRANSACTION AT HIGHAM FAIR – At Higham fair on Wednesday last Samuel Bower of Crich, purchased from Mr Wm. Marriott, of Over Birchwood, a cow, and during the “settlement” some rather sharp practice took place. The buyer, with the seller, adjourned to an adjacent inn, to complete the purchase, leaving the cow amongst other stock at the fair. On Mr Bower returning a few minutes afterwards he was surprised to find that the animal had been taken away, and no trace of it could be discovered.

Derby Mercury Wednesday March 10 1886
Death of a Centenarian
During the past few days, Mr Joseph Bland of Crich has died at the age of 103 years. He was buried in the parish churchyard. It is believed that Mr Bland's death was somewhat hastened by the severity of the weather.
(Joseph Bland buried 2 March 1886 at Crich)

Derby Mercury December 27 1893
Local News
Another remarkable case of longevity is recorded at Crich. Three years ago, eleven people died and their total ages amounted to 900 or nearly an average of 82. In the present year, ten people have died reaching an average of 79, in all 790 years.

Derby Mercury: Wed 4 Aug 1895
BOWER – on July 30, at Sheldon House, Crich, Samuel Bower, aged 72

Derby Mercury: Wed 10 March 1897
THE landslip which is at present in progress in the neighbourhood of the Midland Railway at Whatstandwell, though it has not at present assumed very alarming proportions, may, nevertheless, become very serious unless the movement of the land is arrested. The spot where the landslip has manifested itself is between the new and old stations at Whatstandwell and towards the base of the hill which rises up to Crich Stand, a hill which has during recent years been the scene of at least two landslips of considerable magnitude. The summit of the hill, in the neighbourhood of the quarry, has, however, been the only portion previously affected, and although considerable damage was wrought on these occasions, the present landslip, should it assume the gravity which is quite within the bounds of possibility, would probably eclipse them in extent of damage. It is, of course, impossible to say to what extent the movement is likely to alter the configuration of the land without better knowledge of the extent to which the hillside is affected than can at present be obtained. It is a fact, however, that the hills in the neighbourhood referred to are by reason of their peculiar formation, rendered particularly treacherous, and it is even hinted at that the railway company may yet find it necessary to lay a new permanent way on the opposite side of the valley, and out of the reach of the hills, the vagaries of which have always occasioned more or less anxiety. We hear it stated that the company have endeavoured to arrest the movement of the land by means of a judicious distribution of heavy masonry, but those who understand the nature of these landslides in the Peak district will be probably inclined to believe that should the present movement be due to the dislocation of any considerable portion of land, the efforts of man to cope with the position must inevitably prove futile. It is conjectured that the recent earthquake is probably the cause of the slide, and the symptoms at present noticed are certainly in favour of the assumption that the occurrence is something more than superficial. The railway company have been watching the phenomena for over a fortnight and it is stated that in addition to the canal – which runs between the railway and the base of the hill being rendered impassable, the metals of the permanent way have been raised almost six inches, and a movement of the river bank has already been perceptible. The opening of cracks in the land up the hillside is anything but reassuring – in fact, they seem to point to the hypothesis that the slide is occurring over a considerable area.

Derby Mercury: Wed 7 April 1897
PARISH MEETING – A large meeting of the ratepayers of Crich took place on Wednesday evening in the Parochial School, Mr. H. B. Boag presiding. Mr. Leafe read out a list of the recipients of charities of Cooper, Gisborne, Cornthwaites and Kirkland, and the Rev. Acraman also read accounts connected with the charities. They were passed. The Parish Council accounts were then presented and showed a balance in hand of £15 8s 6d. The question of a footbridge over the canal to Whatstandwell station was then fully gone into, and a petition to the Midland Railway Company having been drawn up, the ratepayers were asked to sign the same. Mr Shaw brought forward an important matter, that of repairing the turnpike road leading from Bull Bridge to Holloway, stating that he thought, with many others, that the road ought to be taken over by the Derbyshire County Council. It was, however, clearly proved by Mr Dawes and other gentlemen that the County Council had been repeatedly requested to take over this road, but would not do so, their excuse being that there was sufficient through traffic. Votes of confidence in the Council and thanks to the chairman concluded a good meeting.

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