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Crich From the Tors
View from theTors

This image dates from just before the First War and in the distance, on the left, is the earlier Crich stand, precipitously clinging to the top the edge of the vast limestone quarry. Mr. Hurt's Stand was not to be part of the landscape for much longer[1].

A few years after this photo was taken Thomas Tudor described Crich as being "set up on the ridge in a long straggling line of stone built houses with here and there the face of an old quarry showing the kind of ground" it is on. We can see signs of an old quarry – the road to the church (Cromford Road) runs along its top edge. Tudor added that the church "stands at the top of the village – its fourteenth century tower and spire making almost as good a landmark over the eastern country as the Stand itself". He was referring to the Sherwood Foresters memorial, which was set back from the edge of the quarry's edge and replaced Hurt's structure.

Also on the left is the single track tramway that carried four-wheeled cars or waggons from what was then Cliff Quarry down to the Ambergate works. The line passed over the tramway arch before entering a short tunnel under the lane.

There is a car travelling down the hill in the foreground. It is on Sandy Lane, a narrow road which leads down into the Market Place. In 1911 there were six households in residence here3]. They are listed below:

Schedule Head of household in 1911 Rooms
133 Isaac Hall was a general Labourer at the Lime works, lived with wife and children 4
134 George Allen Smith, a wood turner who worked at the Brush Works, lived with wife and children 4
135 Sun Lane Joel Perry a widower - at home with a number of children 5
136 widowed Sarah Dalton living with 2 daurs 1
137 Robert Buckley, a whitesmith, with wife 3
138 William Barnes with wife and 2 daur employed at the joinery works as a machinist 4
139 Samuel Holmes with wife and niece. He was an examiner of hosiery at the hosiery works. 4

Note that 133 to 135 were shown on the list as living at the Follies, despite filling in their forms as living on Sandy Lane. Mr. Perry claimed he was on Sun Lane, which perhaps explains why there were only six households given as being on Sandy Lane. More recently some of the cottage doorways have become windows, suggesting that two properties have become one.

An early twentieth century map[4] shows there was a reading room between the top three houses and the semis below (i.e. immediately behind the horses and cart). It is possible that the roof we can see behind the buildings next to the road was the Reading Room.

Crich is mentioned in the following on-site transcripts:

Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811, Parishes C, which has more about the Crich.

Kelly's 1891 Directory, Crich

The Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire: Charters, Documents & Deeds : Places C - E includes a number of references to Crich
The Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock, Places Index

Crich is also mentioned in Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831. Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2021, Lewis Topographical Dictionaries.

"Crich From the Tors", Blount's Real Photo Series - Unused. An identical card was posted in 1917. There are two versions of this card, from same publisher.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 28 January 1922. Crich Stand Disappearing.

[2] Tudor, Thomas Linthwaite (1926), "The High Peak to Sherwood, The hills and dales of old Mercia", published London by Robert Scott. With drawings by Fred Adcock and others.

[3] The 1911 census can be found on FindMyPast.

[4] Ordnance Survey map of Derbyshire XXXV.13. Revised: 1913, Published: 1916.

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