Category Archives: Spurrett

Francis Langworth (1597 – 1688)

In the last few posts, I’ve been exploring the lives of Mary Langworth and her husband Richard Hawkins, an early seventeenth-century Kent landowner and prominent Catholic recusant. Before that, I wrote extensively about other members of the illustrious Hawkins family, … Continue reading

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Mary Langworth and Richard Hawkins

My exploration of a network of recusant families in Elizabethan and Jacobean Kent and Sussex began with the Langworth family, and specifically with the children of Dr John Langworth, the cleric and poet who was reputed to be a church … Continue reading

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Mary Langworth and the Hawkins family

In the last few posts, I’ve been exploring the lives of London haberdasher Nathaniel Spurrett, who died in 1614, his wife Helen Langworth, who died in 1625, and their daughter Frances, who was born in 1613 and died in a … Continue reading

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‘In parfect sense, sweet repose and resignation’: the life and death of Frances Spurrett

When Helen Spurrett died in 1625, her only daughter Frances was left an orphan, her father Nathaniel having died in 1614, when Frances was only about a year old. Although Frances was left money in the wills of her father, … Continue reading

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Helen Spurrett and the Ropers of Eltham

What can the will of Helen Spurrett, widow of London haberdasher Nathaniel Spurrett and daughter of clergyman and poet Dr John Langworth, tell us about her life after Nathaniel’s death – and about her recusant connections? Firstly, Helen Spurrett’s will … Continue reading

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The will of Helen Spurrett, widow

Helen or Eleanor Spurrett née Langworth, the widow of London haberdasher Nathaniel Spurrett, lived for eleven years after the death of her husband, dying soon after she made her will in November 1625. By this time Helen had moved from London to … Continue reading

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Evidence of recusant connections in the will of Nathaniel Spurrett

What do we learn from the last will and testament of Nathaniel Spurrett, the London citizen and haberdasher and husband of Helen Langworth, who died in 1614? The will confirms some of the details of Nathaniel’s family, including the fact … Continue reading

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