Sir Thomas "The Rich Clothier" Spring, Esq., of Lavenham

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Sir Thomas "The Rich Clothier" Spring, Esq., of Lavenham

Birthplace: Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Death: June 15, 1523 (42-51)
Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Place of Burial: Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Spring, III and Margaret Spring
Husband of Alice Margaret Spring and Anna Spring
Father of Bridget Hussey; Sir John Spring, Kt.; Robert Spring, Esquire; Dame Anna Jermyn, Lady Jermyn and Rose Gibbons
Brother of Cecily Sexton and James Spring

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About Sir Thomas "The Rich Clothier" Spring, Esq., of Lavenham

Thomas Spring (c. 1474 – 1523), also referred to as Thomas Spring III or The Rich Clothier, was an English cloth merchant during the early 1500s. From Lavenham in Suffolk he consolidated his father's business to become one of the most successful in the booming wool trade, and was one of the richest men in England in his lifetime.

Thomas inherited the Spring family wool and cloth business from his father, and during his lifetime the cloth trade was at its most profitable. By the time of his death, Spring was believed to be the richest man in England outside the peerage, having invested much of his money in land.

Like his father, Thomas Spring was closely involved in the rebuilding of St Peter and St Paul's Church in Lavenham. This was partly done in order to propitiate the 13th Earl of Oxford, who had ordered the reconstruction work and was the church's other principal donor. The rebuilding also gave Spring an opportunity to display his wealth and generosity, thus solidifying his position in Suffolk; a common motivation behind the construction of many wool churches.

Thomas Spring was buried in the Spring family parclose in Lavenham church before the altar of St Katherine. His widow commissioned Flemish wood carvers to create a ten-foot high parclose screen around his tomb, which is one of the most intricate of its type still in existence. (See the pictures of it on the Media tab.)

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Anna King was born circa 1473 at of Boxford, Suffolk, England.3 She married Thomas Spring, Esq., son of Thomas Spring and Margaret Parris, circa 1493; His 1st marriage.3,1,2


Thomas Spring, Esq. b. c 1474, d. 15 Jun 1523


Anne Spring+ b. c 1494, d. a 8 Jul 1528

Rose Spring b. c 1496

Bridget Spring b. c 1498

Sir John Spring+3,1,2 b. c 1500, d. 12 Aug 1547

Robert Spring+ b. c 1502, d. 3 Apr 1550


[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 62.

[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 439.

[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 266.

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Sir Thomas "The Rich Clothier" Spring, Esq., of Lavenham's Timeline

Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
June 15, 1523
Age 47
Lavenham, Suffolk, England
Lavenham, Suffolk, England