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Crich, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Crich, a town, a township, and an extensive parish in Derbyshire. The township adjoins the Cromford Canal and the river Derwent, near Whatstandwell-Bridge station on the M.R., 4 miles W by S of Alfreton, has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Derby, a market on Fridays, and fairs for cattle and sheep on Old Lady Day and Old Michaelmas Day. Acreage, 3750; population, 3070. The parish contains also the village of Fritchley and the hamlets of Cod-dington, Bull-Bridge, Plaistowe Green, and Wheatcroft, also Crich Carr and Whatstandwell. The inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring quarries, mills, lead mines, and at hosiery making. Crich Cliffs are conspicuous hills, and Crich-Stand, on their summit, has an altitude of 955 feet above the level of the sea, and commands extensive views. A serious landslip occurred here in 1882 which destroyed several houses. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; value, £244 with residence. The church, dedicated to St Michael, is handsome, and has a western tower with spire. There are several dissenting chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
Ecclesiastical parishCrich St. Mary 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionBelper 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Crich from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictAmber Valley
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE4
Post TownMatlock