1738 Info 2: Thomas Crompton of Bridlington
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At Cayton By Scarborough
|Thomas CROMPTON was born in
Cayton-by-Scarborough, where many of his family were buried.
The red square locates the area of the map below.
Left: Map locating Bridlington, Cayton-by-Scarborough and Thomas' lands in Bridlington
|Right: The church of St John the Baptist at Cayton by Scarborough 2010 where the family worshipped since 1660 and were church wardens. The Church of England describe it as a 'Medieval church in village on southern outskirts of Scarborough.'|
|Left: The east end of Cayton by Scarborough church 2010|
Thomas moves to Bridlington
His life in Bridlington suggests he was a wealthy man who lived in Pinfold Street and owned property and land. His will of 19 February 1822 included:
|Above: A map locating Thomas' lands with Bridlington|
|Right: Hill Field, Bridlington 2010 from the Bridlington water works looking towards A165, Scarborough Road. This rough pasture is all that remains of Thomas' green land.|
|Left: Pinfold Lane, Bridlington 2010 from Marton Road|
|Left: Butts Close, Bridlington 2010|
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|Right: An 1854 map showing the centre of Bridlington and St. Mary's Priory
Two farms are marked on the map. One bounds Pinfold Street and the second is High Green Farm to the east.
Green Dike was once a pond and when filled in the site of the town fair.
The map also locates Bridlington Priory Church and its graveyard. Low Green or Church Green is the location of The Bayle.
|On 28 April 1770 Thomas married Elizabeth RICHARDSON, also born in Cayton By
Scarborough. Bridlington Priory Records, described them as "both of this parish", suggesting
that they had both moved to Bridlington and that Thomas had sufficient wealth to be a
"Gentleman" who could marry in the large town church.
He is said to have presented a sword or plaque to Bridlington Priory Church.
Right: Bridlington Priory Church, The Bayle and the possible location of Thomas CROMPTON's property
1770 Apr 28 Thomas Crompton and Elizabeth Richardson both of this parish Bann by Cor Rickaby Witnesses John Rickaby and Francis Simpson Source: Bridlington Priory Marriages 1754-1812 page 14 EYFHS
John RICKABY appears to have been a 'professional' witness, a person with a position in the church or simply someone who could sign his name. In 1785 he witnesses twelve of the 37 marriages.
|Thomas owned two houses in The Bayle. It is not possible to site these
properties. They may be the now demolished cottages shown on the 1923 postcard.
Bayle is from French 'Baille' meaning ?enclosure? or ?ward?. A large proportion of the building dates to the late 12th Century when it may have been a gatehouse to William le Gros' castle of 1143. In the 14th Century the Bayle was the Priory gatehouse, home of a porter and Almoner who distributed food and ale to the poor. Since the dissolution of Bridlington Priory the Bayle has been prison, court, school and garrison.
Right: A 1923 postcard showing The Bayle gateway and cottages of some age.
After Elizabeth died on 8 March 1770 Thomas married his housekeeper, Mary DANBY, the daughter of Robert DANBY, a cooper (Source: IGI C105873).
1806 Nov 1 Thomas Crompton wdr. gentleman and Mary X Danby spr both of this parish Licence by Geo Smith Witnesses Thomas Jefferson, R Kemplay Source: Bridlington Priory Marriages 1754-1812 EYFHS (IGI M105873)
This suggests an early association with the Jefferson family.
A single child, Mary CROMPTON, resulted. She later married James JORDON of Speeton.
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