"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. Visitors should get current information from Crichweb.
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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]