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Archives and Libraries

  • Crich is home to the National Tramway Museum within Crich Tramway Village.
  • Also located at Crich Tramway Village is the Eagle Press, a small museum dedicated to Letterpress Printing.


  • DAWES, Geoffrey - Crich Tales. Pipsqueak, 2004. No ISBN.
  • DAWES, J G (Geoff) - A History of Crich. Landmark, 2003. ISBN 1-84306-082-5


  • The parish was in the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The 1841 census Index of Names is available at the Crich Parish site.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 188 & 194
1861 R.G. 9 / 2526 & 2542
1881 R.G. 11 / 34152
1891 R.G. 12 / 2746 & 2747


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Crich area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was standing in 1135 AD.
  • White's 1857 Directory tells us that the Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael, but the dedication was later changed to Saint Mary.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 500.
  • Neil PACKWOOD has a photograph of St. Mary's Church from a distance on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1565. (Some sources say 1601.)
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Mary's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1765.
  • The Wesleyan chapel of 1765 is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1853 on Sun Lane.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel of 1853 is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • The Baptists built their first chapel here in 1839 on Rose Lane, then a larger chapel in 1877 on the market place. This chapel is still in use.
  • The Baptist church of 1877 is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Baptist Church in the Market Place on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • White's 1857 Directory tells us that there were also chapels here for the Wesleyan Reformers.
  • White's 1857 Directory also tells us that the Independents had a chapel in Fritchley hamlet.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

"CRICH is a parish, partly in the hundreds of Morleston and Litchurch, Scarsdale, and Wirksworth: the village is about five miles east of Wirksworth. and four west from Alfreton. The site of it is very lofty, and from the adjacent stand or prospect tower, which is a land-mark for a great distance around, a very extensive view is obtained. There are numerous stone quarries in the neighbourhood, and lime burning is largely carried on here."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish covered 5,772 acres in 1857 and included the hamlet/village of Fritchley.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Crich has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • At the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey there was an active lead mine in Crich.
  • An observatory was built on Crich Cliff in 1788 and rebuilt in stone in 1851.
  • The parish feast was traditionally held on October 11th each year.
  • The National Tramway Museum is in Crich.
  • Gary REGGAE has a photograph of a Tram Car at the museum on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2002.
  • Peter TARLETON has a photograph of a Police Call Box (or Tardis Machine) on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.

Military History


Military Records

  • For a photograph of the Crich Roll of Honour and the names on it, see the Crich Parish site.
  • There is also the Peter PATILLA site.

Names, Geographical

  • Locals pronounce the name as "CRY-ch".
  • The name Crich is from the Celtic Crug for "a mound or hill". In 1009 the name is rendered as Cryc, In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Crice.
    [A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish and three townships in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish has a "foot" in each of three Hundreds. It was partly in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake), partly in Scarsdale and partly in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred.
  • "Crich" township was in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred.
  • "Wessington" township was in the Scarsdale Hundred.
  • "Tansley" township and chapelry was in the Wirksworth Hundred. Tansley eventually became a separate modern Civil Parish in its own right.
  • You may contact the Crich Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history seraches.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belper petty session hearings every other week.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.


Peter PATILLA has the 1805 Land Tax records as transcribed by Heather Eaton on his Crich Website.