- 1888, The Academy, Volume 34, page 134,
- Dr. Furnivall has lately seen in the aisle of Ashford Church, near Bakewell, in Derbyshire, five of the "virgin crantses," or "maidens' garlands," which the priests allowed Ophelia's corpse — with other rites — by "great command."
- 1888 August 29, unknown author, quoted in 1983, William Benzie, Dr. F. J. Furnivall: Victorian scholar adventurer, page 181,
- In the Derby Mercury for August 29, 1888, a correspondent writes, "Henceforth, Ashford Church with its paper garlands or crantses should be visited by all Shakespeare students far and near."
- 1966, Roy Christian, The Country Life Book of Old English Customs, page 56,
- In the parish church at Matlock six exceptionally well-preserved garlands, known locally as crantses, hang in a glass-fronted cupboard in the south-west porch.