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The early Spurdens family

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Family motto
Denuo fortasse lucescat (perchance it will come true).

The Arms are Per bend or and gules a cross moline counter-changed. The Crest is a lions gamb bearing a cross moline as in the arms.

Ricardos Spurdaunce :-
Richard Spurdaunce citizen of Ipswich and his wife Emma purchased a tenement in St Peter de Mancroft "super le Overrowe" in 1393.

The above became Freeman of Norwich in 1395 which was the years 18 19 of Richard 2nds reign.

Richard Spurdaunce a Merchant became Baliff of Norwich in 1403, Sherriff in 1405, Burgess in Parliament in 1414 and Mayor in 1420 and 1433. During the latter years of his office he had remarried to Margaret Yaxley. He died on 25 April 1436 and was buried in St Giles Church, Norwich under a brass this showing the man and his wife Margaret who was buried beside him in 1481.

Thomas Spurdaunce (or Spurdens) Sargeant-at-Law also resided in St. Giles, Norwich and was burnt at Bury St Edmonds in St Mary's reign. He was descended from Richard. The family at this time was extinct in Norwich but was represented in 1828 by the Reverend William Spurdens, Master of Paston Manor Grammar School (North Walsham) between 1807-1825.

It was observed by the elders of Coddenham (Suffolk) from whence Thomas Spurdaunce was taken to be burnt at Bury that those persecutors Loosen Gosnold did henceforth never thrive. Loosen sold his estate by parcels to several men and died full of lice and Mr Gosnold a great man in Estate decayed little be little and left a very small pittance to his children.
Thomas Spurdaunce was born in 1518 and was executed in November 1558.

William Tylney Spurdens was a diligent collector of local words and claims that he supplied most of the information used by Forby in his vocabulary of East Anglia this was written in 1840 but was not published till 1858 six years after his death.

walter rye in his book norfolk families states that william tylney spurdens is said to come from a LUBECK family,and to bear per bend or and gules,a cross moline counter-changed.


the Rev.W T Spurdens was master from 1807-1825 a native of suffolk,born in 1776 he died in dec 1852.

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