Matthew Cradock (MP died 1636)

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Matthew Cradock (died 1636) was an English wool merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1629.

Cradock was the son of George Cradock of Stafford.[1] He was the first mayor Stafford in 1614.[2] In 1615 he purchased the neglected Caverswall Castle. He built a mansion house retaining the old castle walls, to a design, it is said, of Robert Smythson or John Smythson. The three storey house has five bays each with stone mullioned and transomed windows. There is a castellated parapet and an entrance porch.[3]

In 1621, Cradock was elected Member of Parliament for Stafford. He was re-elected MP for Stafford in 1624 and 1625. He was elected MP for Stafford again in 1628 and sat until 1629 when King Charles dispensed with parliament for eleven years.[4]

Cradock died in 1636 and was buried in the church of St Peter at Caverswall.[5]

Cradock married Elizabeth Fowler daughter of Richard Fowler of Harnedge Grange, Shropshire on 28 April 1612. They had a daughter Mary and a son George, who entered the Inner Temple in 1632, and died in 1643.[5] Cradock was said to be cousin of Matthew Cradock, a financial supporter of the Puritan migration.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Walter Devereux
Thomas Gibbs
Member of Parliament for Stafford
1621–1625
With: Richard Dyott 1621-162
Sir John Offley 1624–1625
Succeeded by
Sir John Offley
Bulstrode Whitlock
Preceded by
Sir John Offley
Bulstrode Whitlock
Member of Parliament for Stafford
1628–1629
With: William Wingfield
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640