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During WW1 there was a VAD hospital on Green Lane, Belper. The walking wounded were allowed out into town. However, some of the soldiers returned the worse for drink. Belper residents were advised to stop providing the wounded servicemen with alcoholic drink – although this was sometimes ignored and the penalty paid as Rhoda Thorpe of Whatstandwell found out!
Derby Telegraph: 31 August 1916
At Belper Petty Sessions to-day (Thursday), before Ald. R. Waite and other magistrates, Martha E. Jewkes, married woman, Belper, and Rhoda M. Thorpe, Whatstandwell, were charged with procuring liquor for wounded soldiers at Belper. – Sergeant Buxton said that on the 10th August he went to Jewkes’ house and told her that soldiers had gone into the Red Cross Hospital drunk. She admitted that beer had been fetched for the soldiers. – A soldier said he was invited, with two others, to this house. Thorpe fetched all the beer, four or five pints. The money was found among the soldiers, and they were at the house about an hour and a half.
Supt. Vardy said he saw the two women, and Jewkes admitted fetching two pints of beer, and the other defendant acknowledged getting four pints. Thorpe was a woman of very doubtful character. He was satisfied that the landlady of the house did not know the liquor was for soldiers. The magistrate repremanded Jewkes, who was fined £1, and Thorpe was ordered one month without the option.

Derby Mercury: Wed 7 April 1897
PARISH MEETING – A large meeting of the ratepayers of Crich took place on Wednesday evening in the Parochial School, Mr. H. B. Boag presiding. Mr. Leafe read out a list of the recipients of charities of Cooper, Gisborne, Cornthwaites and Kirkland, and the Rev. Acraman also read accounts connected with the charities. They were passed. The Parish Council accounts were then presented and showed a balance in hand of £15 8s 6d. The question of a footbridge over the canal to Whatstandwell station was then fully gone into, and a petition to the Midland Railway Company having been drawn up, the ratepayers were asked to sign the same. Mr Shaw brought forward an important matter, that of repairing the turnpike road leading from Bull Bridge to Holloway, stating that he thought, with many others, that the road ought to be taken over by the Derbyshire County Council. It was, however, clearly proved by Mr Dawes and other gentlemen that the County Council had been repeatedly requested to take over this road, but would not do so, their excuse being that there was sufficient through traffic. Votes of confidence in the Council and thanks to the chairman concluded a good meeting.

Derby Mercury 6 April 1864

It is with great pleasure that we announce the gift of a fine toned organ to the above place of worship by the Misses Hurt, of Crich Chase House. The cost of the instrument is £150.

Derby Mercury: Wed 29 May 1861
On Whit-Monday, the Black Swan Friendly Society held their annual anniversary, at the Black swan Inn, Crich, when 120 members sat down to a dinner, provided by Mr and Mrs Bower in their usual style. Dr Hathway occupied the chair, supported by the much respected curate, the Rev Mr Mellish. The Belper brass band was in attendance, and was much appreciated. The healths of Albert Hurt Esq and the Misses Hurt, and Michael Jessopp, Esq were proposed by the chairman, and drank with much enthusiasm. The members of the club, and the band, by the kind permission of the Misses Hurt, visited Chase Cliff House, in front of which the band played some choice selection of music. The next day upwards of thirty members sat down to dinner, and enjoyed themselves heartily.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 2 December 1899
The Alderwasley Amateur Minstrels gave their first entertainment of the season in the national Schoolroom, Whatstandwell, on Wednesday. All the items on the programme were exceedingly well rendered

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 3 May 1884
On Friday last a chess match was played at Whatstandwell between five members of the Whatstandwell and five of the Matlock Bath Chess Club; also at the same time a draught match was played between seven members from each of the above clubs. The following is the result of both games:-
Mr Wright BA 2
Mr Webster 1
Mr Wain 1
Mr Wilson 1
Mr Britland 0
Total 5
J Wetton 0
J Wilson 0
R Limb 1
J Mason 1
W Sims 2
Total 4
E Britland 2½
J Roe 5
S Seff 2½
H Storer 3
C Robinson 1
W Prince 2
J Bowmer 3
Total 17
Mr Wright BA ½
J Reeds 0
A Britland ½
– Hanson 0
J Wain 2
– Wilson 1
– Boden 0
Total 4

Derby Daily Telegraph, 22 January 1891
BILLIARDS – On Saturday a match was played at Whatstandwell between teams representing the Whatstandwell Coffee-room and the Crich Reading-room, ending in a victory for the home team by 126 points. Score:
R.Greenhough 100
J.Slack 100
J. Prince 100
S..Taylor 81
S. Flint 100
T. Flint 82
W.Peacock 100
J.Mason 82
J.Roe 73
J.Wallace 88
J.Bowmer 100
I.Ridgers 67
J.Rodgers 100
G.Litchfield 26

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 26 January 1895
A serious accident occurred on Wednesday last, Mr W Yeomans, jnr, of Whatstandwell, was returning from Holloway to Whatstandwell on horseback when his horse slipped on the road and threw him heavily to the ground, very seriously injuring him. Dr Macdonald, of Crich, was at once sent for and administered relief and is now attending him. He is progressing favourably.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 31 August 1888
SUDDEN DEATH – Mr Thomas Davis, landlord of the Bull’s Head Inn, died somewhat suddenly the other day. Last week he was assisting to gather his hay, and on Friday was seized with an illness, which terminated fatally in a very short time. Deceased has kept the Bull’s Head 25 years, and was a highly respected man. Anglers who frequent the district have lost a tenant that had done very much to improve their sport
[note: The Bull’s Head later became known as the Derwent Inn]

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 24 February 1894
Crich Carr Schools – an interesting gathering took place on Thursday in the above schools when the headmaster Mr Charles Wilde, who is leaving for a larger sphere of labour, was presented with a marble timepiece and an illuminated address from the teachers, scholars, and friends for his energetic work amongst them during the past 12 months. The vicar, the Rev W Acraman, acknowledged in feeling terms Mr Wilde’s valued services in the schools, and his firm, yet kind discipline which had been highly gratifying to the managers and to HM Inspector. The Rev J Percy Neville, MA, Curate, and Co Manager, heartily sympathised with the object of the testimonial, which was a memento of their respect and goodwill the Mr Wilde, for his urbanity, sound instruction in school and practical help in the district. Miss Kathleen Hawkes a scholar, having presented Mrs Wilde with the bouquet of flowers, read the following address: – “To Mr Charles Wilde, on the occasion of his resignation of the Headmastership of the Crich Carr Schools. We, the teachers, scholars, and friends of the Crich Carr Schools, desire to express our regret losing you, and to wish you and Mrs Wilde every success and happiness in your new home. We also beg you to accept the clock as a small token of our affection and respect. 15 February 1894.” – Miss Letty Taylor, the oldest scholar, then presented the timepiece. Mr Wilde feelingly responded, and gratefully recognised the sympathy accorded him and his wife from the first by the managers, Mr NJ Hawkes, Sunday-school Superintendent, Mrs Hawkes, the staff, the parents, and the children.

Derby Daily Telegraph, 31 July 1935
Joan Berresford has been elected by the Whatstandwell School to be Carnival “Queen” for Whatstandwell Hospital Carnival on August 10.
Her two attendants are to be Betty Cheetham and Bert Emery.

Derby Daily Telegraph, 23 January 1933
The Whatstandwell Dramatic Society presented two dramas “Who’s to Win Him (TJ Williams) and “The Boots at the Swan” (C Selby) on Saturday evening. Mr JB Berry was the chairman and producer, Mrs O Self the secretary, and Mr M Jackson stage manager.
In “Who’s to Win Him” the parts were taken by  Messrs L Spencer, B Flint, S Cowlishaw, Misses M Danby, D Peckham, W Wooton, D Chelu and Mrs E Spencer
In “Boots at the Swan”. Messrs F Walker, W Jackson, J Fryer, E Allen, Misses D Parker, O Self, Mrs Barnes and Mrs Arbon took part. A dance followed the performance, Mr JB Berry being the MC.

Derby Daily Telegraph,27 July 1935
Mr John Bowmer, the Whatstandwell sub-postmaster, is retiring at the end of September.
Mr Bowmer was appointed sub-postmaster in 1893, and he is one one of the oldest sub-postmasters in the Matlock district. For many years he combined his duties with those of postman, giving up his delivery duties about 1927.
Well known in the district, Mr Bowmer is prominently associated with the Crich Carr Zion Methodist Church.

Sheffield Independent 12 March 1894
The first sod is to be taken up  this week in connection with the new station here. Already a large number of men have commenced work upon the brick-work for the platform. Mr WC Hardy the contractor, of Derby, travels to and fro daily. The one thing most desired by local residents is the construction of a bridge over the canal and a footpath leading off the highway for the convenience of people from Crich.

Derby Daily Telegraph 27 May 1932
Thousands of hikers and cyclists it is expected will visit Whatstandwell on Sunday, when the Notts. and District Ramblers Federation will hold an open-air demonstration in the Holloway Road Quarries.
The Deputy Lord Mayor of Nottingham. Alderman A Pollard has promised to preside, and the speakers wil include Mr Holford Knight, KC, the mover of the Rights of Way Bill, and Mr L Ramsbottom, of Derby,  a member of the North Midlands Regional Group Council of the Youth Hostels Association.
Visitors will be asked to sign a petition regarding the Public Rights of Way Bill and the Mountains Bill. Excursions from London and the Midlands will be run my the LMS and the bus companies.
Five fields have been set aside for camping, and there is safe bathing in one. Many hikers and cyclists are expected on Saturday night.
Lat year more than 5,000 gathered at Whatstandwell for a similar demonstration, since when the popularity of hiking and cycling has greatly advanced. The demonstration will commence at 2.30 p.m.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald 30 September 1905
On Thursday a large number of spectators assembled at the Derwent Hotel Meadows, Whatstandwell to witness a one-mile race between Mr Herbert Yeoman’s pony “Surprise” of Holloway and Mr Abbott’s “Dandy” of Ashover, for £15 a side. The race was an exceptionally good one and resulted in Mr Abbott’s “Dandy” winning by 10 lengths.
Another race was made in which Mr Taylor’s “Kitty Boden” proved superior to Mr Painter’s mare of Alfreton. The race was for a stake of £5.

Derby Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1910
The Whatstandwell Burning Fatality
Explosion at a Fried Fish Shop
Mr J Close, the Borough Coroner, held an inquest at the Town Hall, Derby this (Wednesday) morning on the body of German Bollington, aged 60 years, a quarryman of Whatstandwell, who died in the Infirmary on Tuesday morning.
Mary Ann Bollington, the widow, said they lived at Crich Carr. Witness saw deceased at 6 pm on Bank Holiday Monday. She next saw him lying on the sofa at home with his face and arms badly burned. Dr Rankin was sent for and ordered his removal to the infirmary.
Thomas Hind, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, Whatstandwell said that on Monday night he was in his back garden looking at a balloon when deceased told him that the fish shop was on fire next door. They both went to the front, but found the door locked. Mrs Roe and George Lee who had the key then came up and opened it. It was apparent that the frying stove had caught fire. Witness got a sack to throw over it, when deceased came up behind and threw a bucket of water over the fire. There was an instant explosion and witness was thrown on the floor, knocking deceased down. A second explosion occurred witness being blown through the door and partially stunned while deceased who was behind the door was badly burnt. He was dragged out and conveyed home.
Mary Elizabeth Roe, the owner of the fish and potato shop said that on Monday evening at about 7.15 she and Geo Lee went to the shop to get things ready for the evening. Witness put about 2 lbs of lard in the pan and Lee lighted a fire underneath. She left shortly after leaving Lee to lock up the shop. After going about 60 yards witness turned around and saw the shop was on fire. Lee was halfway between her and the shop. They both went back and helped to put the fire out. Witness added the fire had not been alight more than 10 minutes. This was the first time she had ever left it without anyone to mind it.
Dr Heaton Smith, house surgeon at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, said that the deceased was admitted to that institution on Monday evening. He was conscious, but badly burnt about the face, chest and arms. He died on Tuesday morning, death been due to shock following burns. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

Derby Daily Telegraph, 14 April 1949
Mr John Reeves Dies at Whatstandwell
Mr John Reeves, of 2 Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell, one of the pioneers in the making of some of the early Rolls-Royce engines died yesterday, aged 71.
Mr Reeves who retired five years ago began working for the Rolls-Royce in 1907 in a little workshop at Cook-street Manchester, when the company was newly formed. He helped to build the engines which carried Allcock and Brown on the first Atlantic flight in 1919.
When Mr Reeve retired he was in the efficiency and rate fixing department. His first post with Rolls-Royce was superintendent of tool and precision grinding.