Category Archives: Woodward

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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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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The will of Nathaniel Spurrett, citizen and haberdasher

In the previous post I wrote about Helen Langworth, the daughter of poet and clergyman Dr John Langworth, and her husband Nathaniel Spurrett, the son of another clergyman, Anthony Spurrett of Icomb in Gloucestershire. Helen and Nathaniel were married in … Continue reading

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