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The Spring family were major landowners in East Anglia (principally Suffolk) between the late 1400s and the early 1700s, when the family’s wealth and status began to go into decline. They originated from the town of Lavenham in Suffolk, where the family were important merchants in the cloth and wool trade during the Middle Ages. The family owned 16 manor houses in the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

In 1641, the family were raised to Baronets of Pakenham by King Charles I, a title which remained with them until the death of the 6th Baronet in 1769. The family have a monument erected to them in the church of St Peter and St Paul in Lavenham and the parclose screen in the north aisle was to their chantry.

Information from (History section), Medieval Clothing and Textiles, by Robin Netherton and Gale R. Owen-Crocker and Barbara McClenaghan, The Springs of Lavenham and the Suffolk Cloth Trade in the XV and XVI Centuries.