Pigot & Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835

“Crich and South Wingfield”

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 1996

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.

The Cromford canal passes along the western side of the parish, and through a tunnel at its north-western and southern extremities; from the latter point a railway runs northward to within a short distance of the village. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, and has a conical spire, is built of the rough grey lime-stone of the hill on which it stands. The living is a discharged vicarage. and

Crich is supposed to be a place of considerable antiquity, coins of Adrian and Dioclesian having been found in an adjacent lead-mine, whence it is conjectured that lead was first obtained here by the Romans. The manor of Wakebridge in this parish, which formerly belonged to Darley Abbey, still enjoys the privelege of exemption from king's duty on lead ore. Fairs for cattle take place on the 6th April and 11th October. The parish of Crich contained, by the parliamentary returns for 1831, 3,087 inhabitants, of which number 507 were returned for the hamlet of Tansley, and 465 for the township of Wenington. (sic)

SOUTH WINGFIELD is a parish, in the hundred of Scarsdale, two miles E. by N. from Crich, and the like distance west from Alfreton The village, picturesque and neat, is chiefly celebrated for the interesting ruins of its ancient manor house, of which mention is more particularly made in the account of Alfreton (page 10) The places of worship are, the parish church, dedicated to All Saints, and a chapel for Wesleyan methodists. The living of Wingfield is a discharged vicarage in patronage of the Duke of Devonshire. The parish (which has no dependent township) contained, by the returns made to government in the year 1831, 1,091 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE:- CRICH, Joseph Witham, Post Master:- Letters from ALFRETON arrive (by foot-post) every afternoon at four, and are despatched every morning at eight.

Blackley Rev. G. B. Crich
Cornthwaite Rev. Thomas, Crich
Halton Rev. Emanuel, S. Wingfield
Pearson Mrs. South Wingfield
Saxton John, esq. Mansion house, Crich
Travis Mr. Samuel, Crich
Travis Mr. Thomas, Crich
Trueman Captain -, Fritchley

Mackenzie Murdoch, surgeon
Smith Samuel, schoolmaster
Walker John, schoolmaster

Black Swan, Charles Baker, Crich
Blue Bell, William Bacon, South Wingfield
Bull's Head, William Poyzer, Crich
Greyhound, Joseph Rowe, Crich
Horse and Groom, Joseph Cupit, South Wingfield
Horse & Jockey, John Moore, South Wingfield
Jovial Dutchman, Samuel Smith, Crich
King's Arms, Henry Bestwick, Crich
Rising Sun, Elizth. Bestwick, Crich
Wheat Sheaf, John Severns, Crich

IN CRICH, when not otherwise mentioned
Alsop John, lead merchant, Crich and at Lea Bridge
Bacon Wm. shopkeepr, S. Wingfield
Beardah Thomas, druggist
Bestwick Thomas, tailor
Bownes George, tallow chandler
Brown Eliza, milliner
Burton John, baker
Elliot George, grocer & druggist
Froggatt Christopher, shopkeeper, South Wingfield
Greatorix Samuel, lime burner
Haines Samuel, joiner
Hall Elijah, miller
Hey Hannah, dealer in seeds
Hickton Job, shopkeeper, S. Wingfield
Hickton William, butcher
Higgott Anthony, tailor
Higgott James, tailor
Holmes George, boot & shoemaker
Hunt Saml. shopkeeper, S. Wingfield
Hunt Thomas, wheelwright
Hunt Sarah, milliner & dress maker
Lee Thomas, grocer & draper
Pearson Peter, lime burner
Piggin William, boot & shoemaker
Poyser William, blacksmith
Shipstone Wm. scythe stick maker
Silvester John, lime burner
Smith James, blacksmith
Smith John, wheelwright
Smith Joseph, frame-smith
Smith Ralph, butcher
Storer George, lime burner
Storer Samuel, boot & shoemaker
Taylor Godfrey, boot & shoemaker
Taylor Ralph, butcher
Taylor Thomas, saddler
Wall Jacob, tanner
Wetton James, tailor
Wheatcroft Samuel, baker
Witham Joseph, draper, grocer, &c.
Wyvill Samuel, joiner

To DERBY, Joseph Leam, every Friday
To NOTTINGHAM, - Topham, every Wednesday and Saturday.
To WIRKSWORTH, - Topham, every Monday and Thursday.

To all parts of the Kingdom, by G. Wheatcroft and Son's Fly Boats.

Description(s) from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835.
Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie in May 1996.

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