which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

Crich Families


photo of bellringer plaque

Piggin is certainly a "Crich Name", often associated with the church. At various times the family were church sextons and bell-ringers.

photo of William Piggin

William Piggin (with vicar) church sexton c 1910

William Piggin was caught up in the infamous vicar of Crich scadal which resulted in Revd Acraman being sent to Derby gaol for two years. He gave evidence at one of the Episcopal Inquiries


Some of the family were shoemakers. In A. B. Done's book of 1912 he wrote of the eccentric vicar Thomas Cornthwaite visiting Mr Piggin –

"... he took a pair of shoes to be soled, and on going to fetch them, which he did himself, some few doors from his own residence, asked how much the charge was. He then sat and mused for some time, turned the shoes over, and sadly exclaimed – “Well, Piggin, thou art cleverer than I; thou hast made two new soles for one and tenpence, and I have been Vicar of this parish over forty years, and have neither made or mended a soul yet.”

Stan Piggin penned this riddle in the 1800s
There are six letters in my name
The first three are an animal
The last three are a spirit
The first letter in the last half
Is like the last letter in the first half
And both middle letters are identical
What am I?

John Piggin was the village postman in the 1860s. A report in the Derby Mercury dated 8 February 1865 reports how he was trapped in a snow drift.

Crich. 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.

An advert from the Derby Mercury of 1845 dated Wednesday 9th July
Eligible Investments ... in Crich ... Auction at Jovial Dutchman Inn in Crich on the 22nd July 1845: Lot 3 / No. on Plan, or Parish Map: 1321 / Name of Tenant: R.W. Smith. / A close of arable land, lying on the Stones; called Piggin Hirst. 2A 1R 28P - 19-48th parts or shares.

Plot 1321 Piggin Hirst (or Hurst) is shown on the tithe map below

piggin hirst

The other plots being auctioned were:

sale of land 1845


Jean-Baptiste Piggin has made a study of the name Piggin. On his website is a section devoted to the Crich Piggin family.

Piggin One-name Study (note this will open in a new window)

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