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Crich

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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.
     
  • There is also the Crich Baptist Church Library on the Market Place, dedicated primarily to religious teachings.
     
  • Crich is also served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes four stops every fourth Tuesday in the morning.
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Bibliography

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

  • 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:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 188 and 194
1861 R.G. 9 / 2526 and 2542
1881 R.G. 11 / 34152
1891 R.G. 12 / 2746 thru 2747

Churches

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

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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.
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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.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Wesleyan Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008. I note that he tells us that the chapel's date is 1768.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Congregational Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.
     
  • Anthony DIXON has a photograph of the Fritchley Friends' (Quaker) Meeting House on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
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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 to the south-east. The Briars is a hamlet directly south of Crich village, and Bullbridge is a hamlet/village 1.5 miles south of Fritchley. Whatstandwell and Crich Carr are to the west and Wakebridge to the north.

You can see pictures of Crich which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Crich to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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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.

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History

  • 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.
     
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of a the Crich Market Cross on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.
     
  • P. L. CHADWICK also has a photograph of a the Crich Market Cross on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009. Her photo caption gives a little history on the cross.
     
  • "Row17" has a photograph of a the Black Swan pub on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.
     
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Military History

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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.
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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]
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Newspapers

If it happened in Crich, it probably wound up in the Derby Mercury Newspaper. Here, below, are some clips from the newspaper:

From the Derby Mercury, Thursday June 19th 1800: "We are glad to record the following worthy 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."

See this and other snippets at Crich Parish Site.

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar found this announcement in the Derby Mercury of December 1, 1803, MARRIED: "Monday last, Mr. George BOWNES, grocer, of Crich, in this county, to Miss Mary HUDSON, daughter of Mr. James HUDSON, of this town."

You may also wish to see copies of the High Peak Reporter which covered this area.

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Obituaries

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 30 June, 1803: DIED: "On Sunday the 12th instant, after a long and painful illness, Mr. Jacob REDFERN of Wheatcroft, in this county."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 15 September, 1803: DIED: "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 the act of lading water, she unfortunately fell in and was drowned;
- the dish which she used for the purpose was seen in the pond, which led 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 real friend, and the world a true pattern of Christian charity and humility."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar offers this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 29 March 1804 DIED: "A few days ago at Crich, in this county, Miss Elizabeth SIMS, in her 99th year of her age, She had been confined to her bed for several years by a very lingering disorder, which she bore with exemplary fortitude."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 21 June 1804 DIED: "Wednesday se'nnight, at Edinburgh, aged 27, Mrs. GREAVES, wife of Wm. GREAVES, Esq. and daughter of Robt. Charles GREAVES, Esq. of Ingleby, in this county."

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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 searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belper petty session hearings every other week.
     
  • There is an index of over 30 Crich Bastardy Paper held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Crich" from the list of parishes displayed.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.
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Schools

Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of the Infants School on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

Nikki also has a photograph of the Crich Junion School on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

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Taxation

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