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The local area guide to living in Crich

Crich is a historic Derbyshire village located just 10 miles north-east of Derby. Positioned on the outskirts of the Peak District, it offers attractive views of the countryside. Famous for its tramway museum and Crich Stand viewpoint, the village has also been used as the setting for medical drama ‘Peak Practice.’

Climb up to the summit of Crich Hill and you can see a Memorial Tower dedicated to members of the Sherwood Foresters regiment. You’ll also be able to see eight counties, as well as landmarks such as the Lincoln Cathedral.

One of the highlights of Crich is the National Tramway Museum, which is situated within a Victorian period village. Crich Tramway Village includes an old-fashioned sweet shop, café, pub, museum of letterpress printing, and tram collection. Visitors can ride on these vintage trams for a scenic one-mile journey out into the Derbyshire countryside.

Information about the local residents

Historically, Crich was a centre for quarrying as it sits on an outcrop of carboniferous limestone. Coal deposits were also discovered in the area in the 1840s. Cliff Quarry was closed in 1957 and Hilt’s Quarry in 1933. Today, the area is better known for tourism, in particular, its tram museum.

The population of Crich was 2,821 at the time of the 2001 Census and the village is part of the larger Amber Valley district. The percentage of the population on Jobseeker’s Allowance is only 2.4%, lower than the 3.3% national average. Immigration rates are also low, with 97% of residents born within the United Kingdom. A good percentage of residents commute into nearby Derby, and the median age of residents is 43 according to the Office for National Statistics.

Nearby schools

There are several schools located in Crich. At primary level, students can attend Crich Junior School, Crich Carr C of E Primary School or Fritchley C of E Primary. Crich Junior School was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in their last full Ofsted report in 2013, with ‘impeccably’ behaved students and excellent leadership. Crich Carr was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and includes a well-regarded infant school for younger students.

Swanwick Hall is available at secondary level in nearby Swanwick. Its school motto is ‘Stand Sure’ and it is known for its status as a training school. Housed in a modern brick and wood building, Swanwick was designated ‘Good’ in the latest Ofsted report.

Getting around

Crich enjoys a central position close to many of the main motor routes in the Midlands. Residents can easily access cities including Birmingham, Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, and others. The village is 8 miles from junction 28 off of the M1 motorway, but can also be accessed via the A6, A38, A61, or A52.

Although there’s no railway station directly in Crich, the nearest station in Whatstandwell is only a mile away. East Midlands Trains runs regular services to and from Derby, and nearby stations can be accessed with local bus services or taxis. Buses connect Crich with neighbouring villages Ripley, Alfreton, Belper, and Matlock.

Local shops

Crich Cross was once the location for regular cattle markets, but today it’s a bustling cross road for traffic passing through the village. Modern Crich features a convenient mix of traditional shops, cosy pubs, restaurants, and bakeries. Local favourites include the Kings Arms, Black Swan and Cliff Inn, the latter being particularly popular for its Friday night raffles and ale selection.

Visit the Crich Tea Rooms for a friendly ambience or The Loaf for freshly baked bread. Further amenities include a post office, Indian restaurant, mini market, fish and chip shop, butcher’s and art gallery. Residents also benefit from a doctor’s surgery, chemist, hairdressers, gift shop, and community centre hosting regular activities.

The Intu Derby shopping centre is just a short drive away and is home to dozens of modern High Street retailers from Argos to Zara and everything in between.

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