In 1741 my 6th great grandparents Philip Champion de Crespigny (1704 – 1765) and Anne Champion de Crespigny née Fonnereau (1704 – 1782) moved to Camberwell from Knightrider Street, near Doctors’ Commons. Philip was a proctor, a legal practitioner, associated with Doctors’ Commons, a society of civil lawyers. From 1733 he had been the Marshal of the High Court of Admiralty.

The village of Camberwell, then part of the county of Surrey, lay south of London on the road to Brighton, 4 miles from St Paul’s Cathedral. The de Crespigny family moved into a house built in 1717. At first this was leased but then the freehold and 16 acres were purchased. The house was renamed Champion Lodge.

Claude and Anne’s youngest child Jane was born at Camberwell on 12 October 1742. She was baptised there at St Giles (destroyed by fire in 1841 and rebuilt).

(c) Kelmarsh Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Champion Lodge, Camberwell by James Baker Pyne (1800–1870) now in the collection of Kelmarsh Hall

Champion Lodge no longer stands. The house was demolished and the land divided for housing in the 1840s by Sir Claude William Champion de Crespigny (1818 – 1865), the third baronet and great great grandson of Claude and Anne.

The name De Crespigny is still associated with Camberwell through a street name, De Crespigny Park.

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De Crespigny Park in Camberwell and Knightrider Street in the City are marked with Xs