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Cromford, Derbyshire: Kelly's Directory, 1895
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From: Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland
pub. London (1895), pp.114-115

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Cromford, Kelly's 1891
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CROMFORD is a town and township, and was formed into a parish 19 March, 1869, from the parishes of Wirksworth and Middleton, with a station on the Manchester line of the Midland railway, half a mile south from Matlock Bath, 2 miles north from Wirksworth and 147½ from London, in the Western division, of the county, in the hundred, petty sessional division and county court district of Wirksworth, Bakewell union, rural deanery of Wirksworth, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell.

The High Peak railway to Stockport, now the properly of the London and North Western Company, terminates in this parish by a junction on the main line of the Midland railway to Manchester. This line together with the Cromford canal (communicating with the Erewash canal near Langley Bridge) and the Midland railway afford facility for the conveyance of coal, minerals and limestone to various parts of the kingdom. The church of St. Mary, erected and endowed by Sir Richard Arkwright kt. about 1792, is a small edifice in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave and a square tower containing one bell: it was restored and considerably improved, both internally and externally, in the year 1858, by the late patron, Peter Arkwright esq ; there are 450 sittings. The register dates from the year 1797. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £300, net £290, including 26 acres of glebe with residence, in the gift of F. C. Arkwright esq. and held since 1894 by the Rev. Egbert Hacking M.A. of Clare College, Cambridge. St. Mark's chapel of ease, erected in 1887 at a cost of £3,000, consists of chancel and nave only, and has 200 sittings: it is served by the parochial clergy, and has an attached cemetery. In 1662 Lady Armyne left a sum of money for six poor widows who now reside in almshouses and J. C. Arkwright esq. further endowed this charity with a sum of £2,500, which enables each inmate to receive 5s. per week. In 1771 Sir Richard Arkwright established a cotton factory here; the first in the kingdom, and in 1789 purchased the manor and erected spacious mills, a portion which was destroyed by fire 7 Nov.1890. Masson mills, the property of Sir Richard Arkwright & Co. are used in the manufacture of thread and afford employment for a great number of persons. The brewery of Mr. Matthew Hill forms part of the historic cotton mills established by Sir Richard Arkwright kt. in 1771. The Greyhound Hotel is pleasantly situated in the centre of the town. Near Cromford Bridge is Willersley, the seat of Frederic Charles Arkwright esq.. J.P. lord of the manor and sole landowner. The soil is sandy; sub- soil, gritstone and limestone. The area is 1,324 acres ; rateable value, £5, 573 ; the population in 1891 was 1,052.

Town Sub-Post, M. O. & T. O., S. B., Express Delivery & Insurance & Annuity Office.-Mrs. Mary Newton, sub-postmistress. Letters are received through Matlock Bath at 6.45 & 11.45 a.m. & 3.20 & 6.45 p.m. ; dispatched at 10.10 a.m. 2.35, 6.5 & 7.35 p.m. ; sundays, at 7.10 p.m

Post Office, High Peak Junction, Derby road.-Henry Roper, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Matlock Bath at 6 a.m. ; dispatched at 7.5 p.m. ; sundays, dispatched at 7.5 p.m. Postal orders are issued here, but not paid. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Lea Bridge

Wall Letter Box, Cromford Station, cleared at 10.0 a.m.& 7 p.m. week days only

Church of England School, erected about 1830, & enlarged in 1894, for 400 boys & girls & 140 infants ; average attendance, 180 boys & girls & 86 infants. The school is partly supported by F. C. Arkwright esq. Henry Daniel, master; Miss Kate Bestwick, infants' mistress

Railway Station, Harry I'anson, station master

A 'bus meets the trains at Cromford Station, fare between Market place & Station (without luggage), 3d

Carrier to Derby. Thomas Holmes (of Matlock Town), every monday & thursday, returning tuesday & friday

(The residents of Scarthin & Chapel Hill are in the parish of Matlock Bath. Willersley, & those names marked thus * are in the parish of Matlock, but all receive letters through Matlock Bath)


Arkwright Fredc. Chas. J .P . Willersley
Arkwright James Charles, Oak hill
Furniss Edwin, Greenhill terrace
Hacking Rev. Egbert M. A. The Vicarge
*Livesey James, Woodend
*Middleditch Hy. Howard, Bridge ho
Outram Thomas, Chapel hill
Sheldon Rev. Thomas, Chapel hill
Walker Capt. Edwyn J.P. Rock house
Willn John, Chapel hill


Adkin Geo. shopkeeper, Market place
Allen John, fishmonger, Scarthin
Arkwright Sir Richard & Co. thread mnfrs. (Richd. Webster, manager) ; & at Matlock Bath
Armistead Richard, farmer, High lees
Ballard Fredk. Boulton, grocr Scarthin
Barker William, sub-agent to F. C. Arkwright esq
Biddulph J. & F. millers (water), & corn dealers
Biddulph Elizabeth (Mrs.), general dealer, Scarthin
Bird Thomas, beer retailer, Scarthin
Boden Abel, boot & shoe dealer, Victoria row
Boden Henry, farmer, Lime tree
Boden Thos. boot & shoe maker; & at Matlock Bath
Britland John, shoe maker
Brown Geo. H. news agent & stationer
Brown Jas. farmer, High Peak junction, Derby road
Brown Samuel, butcher
Brown Wm. farmer, Longway, bank, High Peak junction
Bunting Thos. (Mrs.), apartments
Bunting Thos. wheelwright, Water la
Bunting William, blacksmith
Carter, Frederick George, brewer to Mr. Matthew Hill
Chapman Fdk. Mark, clothier, Scarthin
Clay Wm. M.R.C. V.S.E. vet. surgeon
Conservative Club (Geo. H. Brown, sec)
Cromford Brewery Matthew Hill, proprietor)
Dale Hannah (Mrs.), draper
*Dale Isaac, farmer, Bow wood
Dawes Wm. & Son, coal merchants
Duckmanton Jn. plumber, Market pI
Farlam James, farmer, Meadow wood
Fryer Annie (Mrs.), draper, tailor, hatter, outfitter & funeral furnisher, Scarthin
Gould Geo. Clement, shopkpr. The Hill
Hall John Thomas, Prudential agent, Cromford hill
Hawley William, farmer, The Ashes
High Peak Junction Wharf (Joseph Gardom, sub-manager)
Higton Frank, joiner, builder & under-taker, Scarthin
Hill Matthew, brewer, wine & spirit merchant, Greyhound commercial & family hotel & posting house. The hotel is situated close to the waters of the Matlock & Cromford Angling Association
Hodgkinson John, shopkeeper
Holland Geo. general dealer, Scarthin
Holmes Jn, aprtmnts, Rose cot.Derby rd
Holmes Joseph, farmer, Woodseats, Willersley
Holmes Horatio, farmer
Holmes Thomas (Mrs.), apartments
Kidd Mary & Elizbth. (Misses), milliners & haberdashers
Kidd David, grocer & ironmonger
Kidd John, tinman & brazier
King Jn.spar & marble worker, Water la
Marples Arthur, farmer, Moorside
Marples Henry, farmer, Dean farm
Meanock Nathan, fustian cutter, The Mills
Mee William, Bell P.H. & farmer
Midland Railway Company's Wharf (John Bestwick, wharfinger), Cromford canal wharf
Mitchell John, tailor, Scarthin
Moore & Robinson's (Notts) Banking Co. Lim. (branch of Wirksworth) (Hy. Beesley, manager), open mon. wed: & fri. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m; ; draw on Smith, Payne & Smith's, Lond.EC
Newton John, painter
Newton Mary (Mrs.), stationer & post-mistress
Nicklinson Thos. chemist, Market pl
Outram John, currier & leather merchant, Market place
Pearson & Ward, barytes manufactrs
Pearson Joseph, ins. agent, Chapel hill
Reeds Jas. & Son, grocers &c. North st
Reeds Wm. farmer, Round house
Robinson Ann (Mrs.), baker
Robinson Robert, baker, Scarthin
Roper George, whitesmith
Salt Joseph, saddler, Market place
Sherlock John, farmer & greengrocer
Smedley Jas. coal mer. Cromford whrf
Smith Saml. & Son, general drprs. &c.
Smith Hannah (Miss), grocer, Scarthin
Smith Walter Edwin, commercial & general printer, bookbinder, stationer &c. ; estimates given for every description of printing, Scarthin steam printing works
Smith William John, hair dresser; & at Matlock Bridge & Matlock Bath
Smithurst Wm. boot maker, Scarthin
Statham Maria (Mrs.), refrshmnt. rms
*Steeples James, farmer, Low Lees
Stone Joseph, grocer, confectioner & provision merchant, Market place
Swift Benjamin, farmer
Swift John Joseph, baker, confectioner, & pork butcher
Swift Joshua, tobacconist
*Taylor Henry, farmer, Castle top
Taylor John, farmer
Taylor Silvester, shopkeeper, North st
Toplis James, grocer, Scarthin
Via Gellia Paint & Colour Co. (The) (Henry Wheatcroft, proprietor), paint & colour manufrs Wain Joseph, assistant overseer
Ward James, barytes manufacturer, see Pearson & Ward
Wheatcroft N. & Son, coal mers. Wharf
Wheatcroft Hy. farmer, Willersley frm
Wright William John, tailor & outfitter, Market place
Young James, baker, The Hill
Young William, farmer
Young Wm. jun., earthenware dealer

An Ann Andrews transcript. With my grateful thanks to Martin Rowley for sending copies of the directory for transcription.
Note: spelling, case and punctuation are as they appear in the Directory