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

Crich Strays

For the unfortunate Crich folk who were in Belper Union Workhouse during the 1851 to 1901 census click on the link to see the transcribed record.

Workhouse census
Courtesy of Dr Alan Wilcockson:

Marriages at St Peter's Church Nottingham
Robert Wilcockson formerly of Crich and Grace Phypound formerly of Crich were married on the 19 February 1666.

Their marriage bond –

marriage bond of 1666

Old Mrs



buried: Becket Street Cemetery, Leeds

late of Crich. Derbyshire

1861Census Victoria Grove, Ladywood, Birmingham (submitted by Linda Adams)

John Young Head Mar 49 Professor of music Derbyshire Crich
Mary Ann Young Dau Unm 23 Scholar    
John W Young Son Unm 21 Army band man Warwicks B'ham
Hannah M Young Dau Unm 19 Scholar Warwicks B'ham
Samuel S Young Son   17 Scholar Warwicks B'ham
Louisa Young Dau   16 Scholar Warwicks B'ham
Caroline A Young Dau   6 Scholar Warwicks Hampton in Arden
Willm Schofield Neph   2 mo   Warwicks B'ham


I have the death cert for WILLIAM SYLVESTER YOUNG, a prof of music, at the home address in B'ham, giving his year of birth as 1781. This ties in with a christening of a "JOHN" YOUNG in 1781, son of SAMUEL YOUNG & HANNAH nee SYLVESTER at Crich. This "JOHN" YOUNG married MARY ANDREW at Crich in 1799. Could he have changed his name to WILLIAM SYLVESTER YOUNG?

From the WINSTER Parish Records (submitted by Dawn Scotting)

25 Jan 1857 William son of John & Mary HARRISON, labourer of Crich,
born 4 Jan 1857. (John & Mary also had a daughter Elizabeth privately baptised at Winster on 21 Jun 1855, christened on 19 Aug 1855 and born on 20 Jun. Her entry doesn't say her parents were from Crich though).

02 Nov 1807 BLAND Richard wid of Crich married BARTON or BURTON Sarah spin. Wit: Hannah Needam, William Robarts/Robanks
31 Jan 1826 DAKIN Henry of Crich married BURTON Fanny. Wit: Thomas Newton, Elizabeth Burton, Thomas Allen
01 Jul 1782 FLETCHER John of Crich married APPLEBY Ann. Wit: William Hill, Francis Elliott
15 May 1940 HODGKINSON Charles Dennis bach 25 farmer of Coddington Farm, Whatstandwell, Crich, father/Joseph <dec> farmer married WIGLEY Maude Elizabeth spin 26 of Painter's Way Farm, Winster, father/John William farmer. Wit: Thomas & Ruth Wigley, John W B Wheeldon.

The KEY family (submitted by Mavis Johnson)

Thomas Key, (of Duffield) married 26th May1777, at Duffield, to Hannah Bonsall.

It would appear that they are the parents of –

Thomas Key bapt 19th October1783, Duffield.

Joseph Key, a Cotton Spinner, bapt 20 October 1789, at Duffield, a bachelor of Fritchley,
was married 14 November 1808 at Crich (by Thopmas Cornthwaite, Vicar), to Rachel Holmes of Fritchley, daughter of Daniel Holmes.
Both marked, witnesses were David Amat and Hannah Holmes.
baptised 2 January 1780 Crich
died between 1827 and 1841

Joseph then remarried to Elizabeth Oriage on 27th June 1843 at Radford, Nottingham.

Joseph and Rachel had eleven children born Crich with variations from Kaye, Kay, Key, Kea.

Ann Key born 1826 Fritchley, also a Cotton Spinner, married 11 January 1846 Radford Register Office, to Richard Garton,
bapt 22 July 1821 Radford,
died 18 December 1865 around childbirth of her daughter (7th child), Rachel Garton.

Elias Harrison, son of Abraham, was baptised at Crich St Mary 20/12/1772 (submitted by Craig Ellery)
1841 Census (Taken 7/6/1841) at Kytra Public House, Abertarff Village, Boleskine & Abertarff, Inverness-shire (92)
Elias Harrison 60 Spirit Dealer N
Margaret McLea 60   Y
Isabella Harrison 20   Y
Agnus McDonall 14   Y
Elizabeth McDonall 8   Y
Christy McDonall 15 F.S. Y

1851 Census (Taken 31/3/1851) at Kytra Locks, Hamlet of Kytra, United Parishes of Boleskine & Abertarff, Mission of Fort-Augustus, Line of the Caledonian Canal, distance of 27 miles from Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire (92/14, page 1; schedule 3)

Elias Harrison Head Wid 74 Farmer of 6 acres Critch, Derbyshire, England
John Harrison Son Mar 36 Lock-keeper C.P. Bol. & Aber. Caledonian Canal
Christina Harrison Wife Mar 25   C.P. Bol. & Aber
Margaret McLea Harrison Dau Unmar 10 Scholar C.P. Bol. & Aber
Janet Harrison Dau Unmar 2   C.P. Bol. & Aber
Alexr. McDonald Harrison Son Unmar 1   C.P. Bol. & Aber
Mary McPhail Servt. Unmar 18 House Servant C.P. of Glenalg

John HOLMES born c 1809 CRICH (submitted by J. Brian Matthews)

John (Holmes) Matthews was baptised again Sheffield St Peters (Cathedral)
25 December 1831 as John Holmes son of Anne Matthews spinster.

1841 Census William Mathews 49 silversmith, Ann Mathews 39 both born Ireland
with John Matthews 12 and Charles Matthews 11 both born in county in Floctons
Court Sheffield..

1851 Census William Matthews 62 Coal leader b Ireland Ann Mathews 46 sister
b Ireland John Matthews 21 nephew Silver Cutler born Mansfield Notts resident
at 13 Division Street Sheffield.

My father John Matthews, grandfather Thomas Matthews, great grandfather William
Rodgers Matthews and great grandfather John Holmes Matthews were all silversmiths
working for Atkin Brothers and noted as Holloware stampers. They crafted
silver tea sets and other hollowware in electroplated nickel silver. The
gravestone in City Road Cemetary has the confirming records as does the family
bible in my possession.

John Holmes Matthews bp Mansfield 2 May 1830 son of Ann Matthews spinster was
therefore suspected as being fathered by a Holmes, probably John Holmes.

The Holmes connection was confirmed by having my patriarchal DNA tested by
Oxford Ancestors. There are no matches with any Matthews on the data base
but 8 on the HOLMES data base.

Mansfield parish registers were searched when they were still in the church
in the early 1970s. A John Holmes married Hannah Kirkby on 13 April 1830.
John could write Hannah could not. On 16 May 1830 Joseph Leverton Holmes
son of John Stockinger Back Lane West and Hannah Holmes. (It was on 2 May 1830
that John Holmes Matthews was baptised in the same church).

It looks as though John Holmes had a choice of two pregnant women and chose
Hannah Kirkby over Anne Matthews who gave birth about May 1830.

Subsequently in the 1841 Census John Holmes c30 Framework knitter with wife
Hannah 25 and sons Joseph 11 and William 9 appeared Cape Lane Mansfield.
All were born in county.

1851 Census has John Holmes 42 silk stockinger Hannah 30 seamer at 14 Bancroft
Lane Mansfield. Both stated born in Mansfield.

1861 Census has John Holmes 52 County Court Bailiff Hannah 50 at 23 Bancroft
Lane. Though Hannah was stated as born Mansfield John Holmes was stated as
born in Crich Derbyshire. This is the first mention of CRICH. It is interesting
to note that Mansfield is listed as in County Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire.
So it is consistent for John Holmes to be in Mansfield and say he was born
in county meaning Derbyshre.

It is also interesting to note that by this time son Joseph Leverton Holmes
was a prison warder in Nottingham. This may account for his change from lowly
framework knitter to County Court Bailiff.

Hannah Holmes died in 1866. John Holmes married widow Mary Ann Peet in Mansfield.

1871 Census John Holmes 62 Publican with Wife Mary and sons in law Henry
21 and John Peet 19 at 60 Sutton Road Mansfield. This time everyone was born

1881 Census John Holmes 72 Licensed Victualler and wife Mary 60 at the
King & Miller 60 Sutton Road Mansfield. Again both born Mansfield.

1891 Census John Holmes 82 retired publican and wife Mary 70 at 1 Padley
Hill Mansfield. JOHN HOLMES again was born in CRICH Derbyshire; Mary in Mansfield.

So I am looking for JOHN HOLMES bc 1809 CRICH Derbyshire. He was a Framework
knitter in Mansfield in 1830. This suggests he was born into a framework
knitting family for which Crich at the time had an unusually large number
of frames for so small a village. Published CRICH Parish Records only start
in 1813. I need to establish the baptism of John Holmes about 1809 and details
of his parents.

I think this is an interesting CRICH connection. John HOLMES b Crich c 1809
gave rise to two families at the beginning of the industrial revolution.

His illegitimate son John Holmes Matthews 1830-1894 was part of the famous
silver trade in Sheffield which continued until the last silversmith death
in the family with the death in Sheffield of Alfred Matthews 1 November 1981
(His father Thomas Matthews died 16 December 1951 Sheffield).

The other legitimate family members were John Leverton Holmes 1830-1909 who
was born in Mansfield and spent his life as a Prison Warder in Nottingham

Son William Holmes 1832-1901 was a Merino spinner and later an overlooker
in a Merino Mill living his adult life in Nottingham (Lenton)

Andrew BLACKWELL married into my extended family, and can be found on the 1881 census at the Railway Station, Hampton In Harden, Warwick = RG11/3054/91/14 (submitted by Carol Toulson)
Andrew BLACKWELL M 39 Crick, Derbys Porter on railway
Selina BLACKWELL M 36 Wirksworth, Derbys  
William BLACKWELL   11 Wirksworth, Derbys Scholar
Mary BLACKWELL   9 Hampton, Warwick Scholar
Annie BLACKWELL   7 Hampton, Warwick Scholar
Joseph BLACKWELL   5 Hampton, Warwick Scholar
Florence BLACKWELL   3 Hampton, Warwick Scholar
Alfred BLACKWELL   2 Hampton, Warwick  

Ann Taylor baptised 24 May 1818 Crich.
On 29 Mar 1835 she married Thomas Price at North Wingfield, Derbyshire.
1841 census they were living at Pinxton with her father and siblings. By 1851 they had moved to Wigan, Lancashire. They had eight children. Ann was buried on 10 Jan 1880 at Lower Ince Cemetery, Wigan.

Ann's brother Herbert Taylor lodged with Thomas & Ann in Wigan in 1851.

(submitted by Val Wilson)


28/5/1858 Cope, Eliza


Critch, Derbyshire Married woman Cancer of the womb Buenos Aries J Chubb Ford

Possible husband – Matthew Cope died 23/2/1891 aged 55, engineer (England) at Buenos Aries

(submitted by Mavis Johnson)



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