William Craven (Lord Mayor of London)

William Craven (Lord Mayor of London)

William Craven (before 1585 - 18 July 1618) was Lord Mayor of London in 1610 (some sources say also in 1618). He married Elizabeth Whitmore and they had five children: Elizabeth, Mary, William (Baron Craven of Hampstead Marshall, Berkshire and 1st Earl of Craven), John (Baron Craven of Ryton) and Thomas.cite web|url=http://www.thepeerage.com/p2054.htm#i20532|title=Sir William Craven|work=thePeerage.com|accessdate=2008-08-20] He founded the grammar school in Burnsall, North Yorkshire, in 1602; this building has been in use as a school ever since then and now houses Burnsall V. A. Primary School. The inscription "William Craven Alderman of London founder of this Schoole Anno Domini 1601" can still be seen on a panel above the school door.cite web|url=http://www.burnsall.n-yorks.sch.uk/pages/history.htm|title=History of Burnsall School|accessdate=2008-08-20]

Craven was born in Appletreewick, North Yorkshire, in a poor family, and moved to London where he worked in the silk trade and became wealthy. It has been suggested that the story of Dick Whittington is based on Craven's career, and he is sometime referred to as "Aptrick's Dick Whittington". [cite book|last=Peach|first=Howard|title=Curious tales of Old North Yorkshire|publisher=Sigma Leisure|date=2003|pages=13-14|chapter=People: Aptrick's Dick Whittington|isbn=1850587930|url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=lSGub5NxZNYC&pg=PA13&lpg=PA13&dq=william+craven+dick+whittington&source=web&ots=RKGkZm7JDt&sig=FCwJDjkfPjGo-y8VYcsacNL3vY0&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=2&ct=result|accessdate=2008-08-20]


Further reading

*cite web|last=Archer | first=Ian W. | title=Craven, Sir William (c.1545–1618) | work=Oxford Dictionary of National Biography | date=2008 | publisher=Oxford University Press | format=Online for subscribers, also in print| url=http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/6635 | accessdate=2008-08-21

External links

* [http://www.burnsall.n-yorks.sch.uk/pages/history.htm Portrait of Craven] in "History of Burnsall School"

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