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Richard Croshawe, Goldsmith; an Account of his Benefactions, the Inscription upon his Monument in the Church of All Saints, Derby, will declare: From the Visitation Book of Derbyshire, by Sir William Dugdale, Knight, viz. Upon a large Monument, erected for Richard Croshawe, a Wealthy Goldsmith in London: Who was a Smith's Son at Marketon juxta Derbie.
"To the Glory of God. RICHARD CROSHAWE, of London, Esquire, sometime Master of the Right Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and Deputy of Broadstreet Ward: A Man pious and liberal to the Poor in the great Plague, 1625. Neglecting his own Safety, abode in the City, to provide for their Relief. Did many Pious and Charitable Acts in his Lifetime: And by his Will, left above 4000l. to the Maintenance of Lectures, Relief of Poor, and other Pious Uses."
"Since his Death, his Executors have added out of his Estate 900l. He dwelt, and lyeth buried in his Parish of St. Bartholomew, by the Exchange; where he lived Thirty One Years: And being Seventy Years Old, departed this Life the 2d of June, 1631. Ha- ving done much Good to this Town, and this his Native Country, his Executors have erected his Monument in this Place, to encourage others of great Estate to imitate his Piety and Charity, 1636."
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.