Francis Crane

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Sir Francis Crane (ca. 1579 – ca. 1636) was the founder of Mortlake Tapestry Works [1] at Mortlake on the south bank of the river Thames in South West London.


The tapestry works almost ruined Crane, as it involved him in considerable outlay of capital for an inadequate return, and in 1623 he was forced to appeal to the King, James I for financial help. James I died in 1625 and Crane was given much more favourable terms by the new King, Charles I, whose secretary he had been since 1617.[2] He sat in the Parliaments of 1614 and 1621 as MP for Penryn and that of 1624 for Launceston.[3][4]

In 1629 the King gave him the Manor of Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire, where he built Stoke Park, a fine Palladian house, possibly with assistance from Inigo Jones.


Crane's brother, Richard Crane, was created a baronet in 1643.

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