CREKING, John (d.c.1405), of Canterbury, Kent.
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m. Alice, 2s.
Jurat, Canterbury Mich. 1384-6, 1387-90; alderman of Northgate by July 1386.1
Creking, about whom nothing is known before his first election to Parliament in 1377, held no higher official position in Canterbury than that of jurat. He witnessed a deed at Bredgar, Kent, in April 1380, acted as a surety for a man sued for debt in Surrey a year later, and in March 1383 he joined others in standing bail under pain of £1,000 for a prisoner in the Marshalsea. He was one of six citizens of Canterbury who in February 1386 successfully negotiated with the Crown for a grant of £200 from the issues of Kent as a contribution towards the repair of the city walls.2
In his will, which was enrolled in the burghmote court of Canterbury in June 1405, Creking devised his ‘principal tenement’ in the city, together with a garden, seven shops and another house, to his wife Alice, for life, making provision that if his two young sons predeceased her, the property would then be sold and the proceeds applied to the celebration of masses in St. Alphege’s church.3