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Roger Crab

The Hermit of Ickenham was born in Buckinghamshire around 1621.

Roger Crab

As a young man he became a strict vegetarian.

He fought for Parliament in the Civil War, suffering a severe head wound. After the war he opened a haberdashery in Chesham. Following a mystical experience, he sold his shop and gave all his money to the poor. 

Moving to Ickenham, he began an ascetic life, dressing in sack cloth and eating vegetables, dock leaves and grass. He said he could live on three farthings a week.

Crab was an astrologer and prophet. His unorthodox views led the vicar of Uxbridge to denounce him as a witch. He spent some time in Clerkenwell gaol but continued on his maverick path.

He died in Bethnal Green in 1680 and was buried at Stepney.


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