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SOME LOCAL WORTHIES.                         183
his 80th birthday. He lived to celebrate one more, passing away on August 18th, 1891. The clock in front of the Literary Institute was afterwards erected to perpetuate his memory.
Mr. Cramp was a useful public man. For over 35 years he was High Bailiff of the County Court, now an obsolete office; he founded the Penny Bank in East Grinstead; he was one of the founders and for 25 years Secretary of the first Gas Company; and he served most of the parochial offices. For a long term of years he kept a brief diary, which now fills five fairly large volumes. By kind permission of his son, Mr. Jury Cramp, of Horsham, the following interesting extracts are made:—
1842, June 22nd. Mr. Edwards was buried. He was carried to church by dissenters, who were detained with the mourners in the church for almost an hour, the Yicar (Rev. C. Nevill) being at a cricket match and forgetting the funeral.
1842, June 25th. The anniversary of Thomas and Jane Cramp's wedding day. Their wedding was celebrated on the teetotal principle ; they have neither tasted, given nor kept in the house any intoxicating drinks throughout the year ; they have been preserved in health—no doctor has been near; in peace—no quarrel has arisen ; in comfort— no want has been unsupplied.
1842, Aug. 22nd. A cricket match with East Grinstead and Lingfield in the Chequer Mead. A great number of persons present. At about 3 o'clock a heavy thunderstorm stopped the play. They are now (10 p.m.) singing and rioting at the Crown. Such are the usual endings of cricket matches. They have led many a young man astray and brought him to ruin.
1842, Sept. 17th. "Walked to Edenbridge Station and rode per railway to London. This mode of travelling is superior to any other. There is no stopping at public-houses—no fees to coachmen and guards —no suffering and cruelty to the poor horses-1— but there is regularity, speed, accommodation, civility and cheapness, and with at least an equal degree of safety.
1844, Aug. 14th. Miss C. Cranston was this day married to Col. Leslie. In consequence of the Vicar's Puseyite views and practices the parties were forced, though very reluctantly, to have the marriage performed at Lingfield Church.
1844, Nov. 15th. Lord Ellenborough passed through the town on his way to Kidbrooke. An arch of evergreens made in honour to him, music played and bells rang also, but all was got up by a publican, who reaped the principal benefit, for the rioters spent the evening and part of the night at his house.
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