The Name

Watercolour by Janet Watkins

Watercolour by Janet Watkins

There is much speculation about the origins of the name “Crimplesham”; it is perhaps a nickname originally meaning “Crympel’s Homestead”, the Old English word “crimp” meaning crooked. However, the Domesday Book describes the village stream as “a creeping run of water- The Crimple”. The stream rises at the Moated Manor, which is now known as ‘Hillfield’, and flows away to West Dereham.

Another suggestion is that Crimplesham is a compound of the suffix “ham” meaning “abode of”, and “crimpel” or “crepel” being the name of the occupant – in this case probably an Anglo Saxon invader.

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