Place:Crich, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesCricesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 69
Fritchleysource: hamlet in parish
Whatstandwellsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Parish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.083°N 1.467°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoMorleston and Litchurch Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Scarsdale Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred to which Wessington township/civil parish was transferred in 1866
Wirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred to which Tansley township/civil parish was transferred in 1866
Belper Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Amber Valley District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Crich is a village in the English county of Derbyshire. The population at the 2001 UK census was 2,821 increasing to 2,898 at the 2011 census (including the hamlets of Fritchley and Whatstandwell). It has the National Tramway Museum inside the Crich Tramway Village, and at the summit of Crich Hill above, a memorial tower for those of the Sherwood Foresters regiment who died in battle, particularly in World War I.

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Crich was originally an ancient parish in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred of Derbyshire, England made up of the townships of Wessington, Tansley, and itself. After 1866 Crich remained in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred, but Wessington was transferred to the Scarsdale and Tansley to the Wirksworth Hundred.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Belper Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Amber Valley district.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Crich from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CRICH, a township in Belper [registration] district, and a parish in Belper[registration], Chesterfield [registration], and Bakewell [registration] districts, Derby. The township adjoins the Cromford canal and the river Derwent, near Wingfield and Whatstandwell-Bridge [railway] stations, 4 miles W by S of Alfreton; has a post office under Derby; was formerly a market-town; and still has fairs on Old Lady-day and Old Michaelmas-day. Acres: 3,770. Population: 2,829. Houses: 612.
"The parish contains also the townships of Wessington and Tansley. Acres: 5,878. Real property, £11,800; of which £100 are in mines, and £2,427 in quarries. Population: 3,970. Houses: 858. The property is much subdivided. Lead mines, in limestone, at Crich-Cliffs, are very valuable. Crich-Cliffs are conspicuous hills; and Crich-Stand, on their summit, has an altitude of 995 feet above the level of the sea, and commands an extensive view. Many of the inhabitants are employed in a bobbin-mill and in stocking-weaving. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: £170. Patrons: Trustees. The church is handsome, and has a tower and spire. The rectory of Tansley and the vicarage of Wessington are separate benefices. There are six dissenting chapels, a national school, and charities £9."

Research Tips

  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not appear to cover Derbyshire geographically. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2, edited by William Page is a part-volume covering the religious houses of the county. No further volumes have been found.
  • GENUKI main page for Derbyshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Derbyshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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