Brief profile of Frank Penn
by Don Ambrose
Born at Lewisham, London, 7th March 1851.
Died at Bifrons, Patrixbourne, Kent, 26th December 1916.
The son of J. Penn of The Cedars, Lee, Kent, he was the brother of Alfred
(Kent) and William (Kent). He was uncle of Eric Frank (Cambridge University)
and father of Frank junior (Kent) and brother-in-law of J.F.Green (MCC) and
F.Stokes (Kent). Between 1875 and 1881, when he retired from cricket on
medical advice, he played in 98 first-class matches, including 62 for Kent
and one Test Match. He toured Australia in 1878/9. He was President of Kent
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living at Clearwood, Bickley Park,
Bromley Kent, aged 30 and a gentleman, with his wife Grace E. aged 20. They
had two visitors, Thomas C. Sewell aged 59 and his wife Ellen, aged 50, a
wine merchant and his wife. They had four domestic servants.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)