CREWE (formerly OFFLEY), John (1681-1749), of Madeley, Staffs. and Crewe Hall, Cheshire.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1705 - 1710
1722 - 1727

Family and Education

b. 1681, 1st s. of John Offley of Madeley by Anne, da. and h. of John Crewe of Crewe Hall. m. 1707, Sarah, da. of Morgan Price of Nantgwared, Brec., 4s. 3da. suc. fa. to Madeley 1688; mother to Crewe Hall and gt.-uncle Sir John Crewe of Utkinton to Tattenhall, Cheshire and other estates 1711, having assumed the name of Crewe by Act of Parliament in 1709.

Offices Held


Returned for Cheshire in 1722, ‘on the Tory interest backed by the non jurors’,1 Crewe was defeated in 1727. In 1747 he was one of the leaders of the Tory opposition to the Leveson Gowers in Staffordshire, announcing that he would stand for Newcastle-under-Lyme against Baptist Leveson Gower, promising ‘to bring £5,000 with him’,2 but desisting. When at the same general election his son, John Crewe, was put up for the county, Lord Gower complained that ‘a large body sent by Mr Crewe of Cheshire, committed many outrages at the county election’.3

He died 25 Aug. 1749, leaving an estate of £15,000 p.a.4

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Ld. Warrington to Sunderland, 9 Mar. 1722, Sunderland (Blenheim) mss.
  • 2. Baptist Leveson Gower to Bedford, 27 June 1747, Bedford mss.
  • 3. Add. 32712, f. 288.
  • 4. Gent. Mag. 1749, p. 429.