Early-attested site in the Parish of Black Torrington
- Cripple 1744 Recov
- Cromhale 1333 SR 1340 Ass
The connexion of the earliest and latest forms is probable and the development must have been from crumhale to crump (h )ale and then, with a common development of u to i before nasals, to crimple and so by folk- etymology to cripple . The place lies in a crook in the river and the name is probably a compound of crumb , 'crooked,' and healh .