Q. I have been researching the family name Cruttenden for over 25 years and have two interests in Chislehurst: My own family lived at Chislehurst, and Bevil Cruttenden.
1. My Cruttenden Family. My 2 x great grandfather, Benjamin Cruttenden, moved to Chislehurst from St Leonards-on-sea, Sussex, sometime before 1878. In the 1881 Census he is recorded as living at Wembourn Cottages, The Commons, with his second wife and daughter. Would these cottages be extant? If not do you know where they were? The family remained in Chislehurst until 1983 when my grand-aunt Louie Cruttenden died at 2 Camden Grove, where the family had lived since before 31 March 1901. Does anyone know when the properties at that end of Camden Grove were built? Benjamin’s son Frederick Charles Cruttenden lived a Camden Grove. Both were plumbers. There was a ‘lodge’ of the Oddfellows Society in Chislehurst of which FCC was a Grandmaster. Are there any records of this society that would support FCC’s membership?
2. Bevil Cruttenden. Bevil Cruttenden was buried in St Nicholas churchyard on 12 September 1745. In 1743 he was living at South Barrow (Bromley) (according to a letter at the Bromley Library) and later that year was in Chislehurst. I have a copy of an inventory made in 1745 concerning the contents of his house in Chislehurst. I am trying to identify where his house was. Do you know of any mention of the Cruttenden family in Chislehurst in the mid 1740s? Bevil Cruttenden was a merchant who in 1738 was at Calcutta in Bengal, India. According to his will he had a black servant known as Jesert, to whom he left fifty pounds and made him free. Any help with these matters would be greatly appreciated. Ian Cruttenden
A. With regret we have not been able to find any reference to the points you have raised, except that we are aware that the houses in Camden Grove were built in the late 19thC.