English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Black Torrington

Historical Forms

  • 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 .