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Crumbleholme / Crombleholme / Cromleholme Family History
Researched by Richard Crumbleholme, Old Manor Cottage, Winterbourne Steepleton, 
near Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9LG   ENGLAND 
               e mail : r.crumbleholme(insert @) gmail.com

Introduction : It would appear from my researches to date that all known instances of the rather rare family name Crumbleholme  (and its many spelling derivatives Crumbleholme / Crombleholme / Crumblehulme / Cromleholme / Crumlum / Cromlum etc.) originate from a relatively small area in Northern Lancashire (England) - the Forest of Bolland and that the surname is derived from the very land itself.  Even today, amongst the relatively small number of families with the name worldwide, the greatest proportion are still living in this English county. 

All those families that have moved away can probably all be traced back to Lancashire, the greatest movements only being within the last two hundred years or so. My branch of the family moved from Lancashire to Frome in Somerset in the early 1800's and to Dorset in the 1840's and 
descend from Richard Crombleholme  (b approx 1600) of Crombleholme Fold, Goosnargh, Lancashire. Although much information is known about the various family groups back to the 14th century, I cannot, as yet, prove links further back even though they were all living within a 50 mile radius of one another !  Some branches of these families were Roman Catholic and this fact alone probably accounts for this frustrating situation.

How I started : In 1977, my great aunt, the late Louie Crumbleholme gave me a type written sheet made by her father Harry Crumbleholme. This was an extract of Samuel Pepys Diary mentioning a Mr Crumlum (Samuel Cromleholme) and scribbled on the bottom of the sheet was a note of a William Crumbleholme who had a memorial plaque in Horningsham Church on the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire dated 1828. 

William Crumbleholme turned out to by my great (x4) grandfather who moved from Lancashire to work on Longleat House prior to settling in nearby Frome. He died on 11th February 1828 and by a strange co-incidence I first visited Horningsham Church on 11th February 1978 - exactly 150 years to the day !  His son Richard moved to Weymouth in Dorset in about 1840. Samuel Cromleholme has turned out to be a really interesting piece of research and he was quite famous in his day having taught amongst others Samuel Pepys, Judge Jeffreys, Edmund Halley and the Duke of Marlborough. Pepys had kept in touch with him and he recorded in his diary several times. By another quirk of fate, Samuel was Headmaster of the Dorchester Free School here in Dorset before becoming High Master of St Pauls School in London.

Overview : For a concise overview of the various families since early times please refer to the Timeline. On the same page there is also an outline map showing the main family areas in Northern Lancashire. I am afraid that some areas of the research and family relationships are complex and very difficult to explain clearly.

Research Section Titles that can be selected on the yellow band (left hand side of this website) are for the most part in approximate chronological order. 

Person ID Numbers : From April 2017 and with the great assistance of Mike Murtha of Victoria, BC, Canada, (Mike's maternal grandmother was a Crombleholme) unique ID numbers are being allocated to all persons starting with the Crombleholme (& various spelling variations) family. These are in the following format [Cro0001] . This is a simple system that we have devised ourselves and the numbers do not interrelate or have a complex code structure that some ID systems have. This process is going to take time and allows us to re-check records and deductions made.

Wills : I hope that I now have photocopies of all family wills from the Lancashire area (i.e. North / South of the Ribble plus some other PCC / general ones). The index lists have been completed and some of the summary transcriptions of the wills themselves. 


A crest on the gravestone of Rev Richard Cromleholme set in the floor in St Michael on Wyre Church, Lancashire.

(photo RC)

Finally, my special thanks goes to Mrs Marjorie Pollard of Altrincham in Cheshire who has been a constant source of help since I started my research in 1978. For some reason, she took to my name and has carried out research on my behalf as well as keeping her expert eye peeled for Crumbleholme records during her own researches. She has been an excellent mentor and I shall always be in her debt. Records that she has found or commented upon during in our long correspondence are marked (MP + date)

(This website was created in February 2011)