Crump Farm

Crump Farm in this parish, is ancient; its foundation walls are three feet thick, and in its cellar are niches and windows which may be three or four hundred years old.  When the Kent Archaeological Society visited St. Nicholas in August, 1877, Mr. John Dadds kindly welcomed such of the members as desired to see the inscription over a mantelpiece in one of the rooms.  The date, 1634, is painted in red figures between sundry ornamental scrolls.  The central ornament is not unlike a stag's head with a goblet standing between its horns.  The whole is surrounded by a simple excalloped border painted in red and blue.  The chief interest lies in the date, as there is no artistic merit in the painting.  The mantel piece over which it is inscribed surmounts a huge open fireplace of the olden time.

It was believed by Robert Bubb that the house itself was more than a century older than the date of 1634.  The name of the farm when compared with the record of the Archbishop Warham's Visitation, held in 1511, enables us to verify his suggestion.  Crump Farm is, clearly, so called from the name of a previous occupant;  but that name is almost unknown in the parish records.  The period when the name was known there may be gathered from the following entries, in the Register of Archbishop Warham, dated Sept. 11th, 1511: --


Compertum est, that wher'as on David Crompe, Wardeyn somtyme of the said church [St. Nicholas[ had xiiic weight and lx of lede that was belonging to the said church, and soo conuerted hit to his vse, and at his departure in his last will and testament willed his executors to restore it agayn to the churche, or ells the value of the same. John Duklyng and the wif of the sid David Crompe being executors withdrawith it, and will not see it paid (Register, fol. xlvii. a).

In response to this presentment at the Visitation, we read that, on the 7th of December, 1511, appeared William Crump of the City of Canterbury, and said that he had not administered any goods of David Crump deceased;  but David's widow, who had since died, and John Duklyng of London were the executors (folio lxij. a.)

We gather from these entries that this house was named Crump Farm, from the family which occupied it at the close of the fifteenth century;  and that the last of the name here was David Crump, who had been churchwarden.  He and his widow were both dead before 1511, and his nearest relative seems then to have resided at Canterbury.

Sources:
1.  The beauties of England and Wales: or, Delineations Topographical, Historical and Descriptive, vol. VIII, pt. 2. Brayley, Edward Wedlake. (London: Thomas Maiden, Sherbourn-Lane, for Vernor, Hood and Sharpe; Longman, Hurst, Reed and Orme, et al, 1808.)


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